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GUEST,Jar Muller 18 Feb 11 - 03:23 PM
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GUEST,John MacKenzie 18 Feb 11 - 03:31 PM
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Subject: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: GUEST,Jar Muller
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:23 PM

Is anybody who knows the lyrics of "The Battle of Harlow" song here ?
Even if I love Scottish songs this is not my native language and I don't think I will ever be able to understand The Corries singing this song in full...
jaromir.muller@seznam.cz is my personal e-mail box.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:28 PM

Here


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: GUEST,John MacKenzie
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:31 PM

and Here
Sorry the previous post was me too.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: GUEST,Jar
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 03:38 PM

Thanks a lot...


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:12 PM

Even with those lyrics in front of you it may be difficult to understand... Feel free to ask for clarification.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: BobKnight
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:29 PM

It's "The Battle O' Harlaw" NOT Harlow, and refers to a real event in the 15th century at a place outside Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow'
From: BobKnight
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:35 PM

Just looked at the lyric sheet already given - no wonder you can't understand it. For instance "skree" should read Skye. Looks like a non-native of Scotland tried to translate and made a dog's breakfast of it.

Go to www.antobarandualchais.co.uk which is the website for The School of Scottish Studies, and look for the lyrics there. Also look for a sound recording of Jeannie Robertson singing it. That should at least set you on the right track.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow' (Harlaw)
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:49 PM

See also the links at the top of this thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow' (Harlaw)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:55 PM

Hi, Bob - I found "Skee" in what I think is "the lyric sheet already given" - this one, right? I believe that link gets its text from a very good transcription of Child. I can't reach my Dover edition of Child just now, but "Skee" is what appears in the Loomis House edition of Child, #163 A. Can somebody check an earlier edition of Child and see what appears there?
That being said, it's "Skye" in many other versions of the song in Bronson and Greig-Duncan and others, so it looks like it could be Child's mistake.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow' (Harlaw)
From: BobKnight
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 04:58 PM

Thanks Joe for adding the link.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow' (Harlaw)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 05:32 PM

Yes, Joe, the Dover edition says 'As they cam frae the Skee'. No one, however, would say 'the' Skee or even 'the' Skye.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics of 'The Battle of Harlow' (Harlaw)
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 07:37 PM

HARLAW (#163)

As I cam' by the Garioch land
And doon by Netherha'
There were fifty thoosand Hielanmen
A-marchin' tae Harlaw.

Singin' didee-i-o,
Sing fal la do,
Sing didee-i-o-i-ay.

It's did ye come frae the Hielans, man
Or did ye come a' the wey,
An' did ye see MacDonald an' his men
As they marched frae Skye?

For I've come frae the Hielans, man,
An' I've come a' the wey,
An' I saw MacDonald an' his men
As they marched frae Skye.

It's wis ye near and near enough,
Did ye their number see?
Come tell to me, John Hielanman,
What might their number be?

For I was near and near enough
An' I their number saw:
There were fifty thoosand Hielanmen,
A-marchin' tae Harlaw.

For they went on and furder on
An' doon an' by Balquhain:
It's there they met Sir James the Rose,
Wi' him Sir John the Graham.

"If that's be true", said Sir James the Rose,
"We'll no come muckle speed.
We'll call upon oor merry me
An' we'll turn oor horses' heids".

"Oh nay, oh nay", said Sir John the Graham,
"Sic things we maunna dee:
For the gallant Grahams were never bate
An' we'll try fit they can dee".

For they went on an' furder on
An' doon an' by Harlaw:
They fell full close on ilka side,
Sic strikes ye never saw.

They fell full close on ilka side,
Sic strikes ye never saw
For ilka sword gied clash for clash
At the battle o' Harlaw.

But the Hielanmen wi' their lang swords
They laid on us fu' sair;
They drove back oor merry men
Three acres breadth an' mair.

Lord Forbes tae his brither did say
"O brither, dinna ye see?
They beat us back on every side,
And we'll be forced to flee".

"O nay, o nay, my brither dear,
O nay, that maunna be.
Ye'll tak' your guid sword in your hand
An' ye'll gang in wi' me".

For the twa brithers brave
Gaed in amangst the thrang;
They struck doon the Hielanmen
Wi' swords baith sharp an' lang.

The first strike Lord Forbes gied
The brave MacDonald reeled;
The second strike Lord Forbes gied
The brave MacDonald fell.

What a cry amangst the Hielanmen
When they seed their leader fa';
They lifted him an' buried him
A lang mile frae Harlaw.

Gin onybody speir at you
For them that cam' awa',
Ye can tell them plain an' verra plain
They're sleepin' at Harlaw.

From the singing of Jeannie Robertson. As printed in "The Scottish Folksinger", collected and edited by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall, Collins, 1973.


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