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Thread #46759   Message #966657
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Jun-03 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
Subject: ADD: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
This is quite similar to what's in the Digital Tradition, so I see no reason it should be harvested. Nonetheless, it's always interesting to see various versions.
-Joe Offer-


My name is Jamie Raeburn, in Glasgow I was born,
My place and habitation I'm forced to leave with scorn;
From my place and habitation I now must gang awa,
Far frae the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

It was early one morning, just by the break of day,
We were 'wakened by the turnkey, who unto us did say—
Arise, ye hapless convicts, arise ye ane and a',
This is the day ye are to stray from Caledonia."

We all arose, put on our clothes, our hearts were full of grief,
Our friends, who a' stood round the coach, could grant us no
Our parents, wives, and sweethearts dear, their hearts were broke in twa
To see us leave the bonnie braes of Caledonia.

Farewell, my aged mother, I'm vexed for what I've done,
I hope none will cast up to you the race that I have run;
I hope God will protect you when I am far awa,
Far from the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

Farewell, my honest father, you are the best of men.
And likewise my own sweetheart, it's Catherine is her name;
Nae mair we'll walk by Clyde's clear stream or by the Broomielaw,
For I must leave the hills and dales of Caledonia.

If we ne'er meet on earth again, I hope we'll meet above
Where hallelujahs will be sung to Him who reigns in love;
Nae earthly judge shall judge us then, but He who rule us a'.
Farewell to a' the hills and dales of Caledonia.

from Ord's Bothy Songs and Ballads