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helens@sympac.com.au 28 May 98 - 10:07 PM
Bruce O. 29 May 98 - 07:59 AM
Bruce O. 05 Mar 99 - 11:41 AM
Murray on Saltspring 10 Mar 99 - 02:33 AM
helens@sympac.com.au 10 Mar 99 - 05:40 AM
GUEST,Davie 02 Dec 02 - 09:56 AM
masato sakurai 02 Dec 02 - 11:21 AM
mg 02 Dec 02 - 11:34 AM
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GUEST,Q 02 Dec 02 - 01:16 PM
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GUEST,Bonnie May Wells 01 Aug 03 - 04:51 PM
masato sakurai 02 Aug 03 - 04:44 AM
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Subject: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: helens@sympac.com.au
Date: 28 May 98 - 10:07 PM

If anyone can help with the words to The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie I will be eternally grateful.My husband only knows one line of it,and if I hear that one line one more time I will go round the bend! :-) Help Please!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Words to
From: Bruce O.
Date: 29 May 98 - 07:59 AM

That's a pretty rare Scots song. I've heard of it, but never seen it. I think it's prettty old. There's a poem calld "Wearie's Well" by Wm. Mothewell, 1828, and I have it, but that's not the same piece.


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Subject: RE: Words to
From: Bruce O.
Date: 05 Mar 99 - 11:41 AM

Water of Wearie's Well, is the place of action in the B text of "Lady Isabel and the Elf=knight", #4, in F. J. Child's 'The English and Scottish Popular Ballads" (from Peter Buchan)


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Subject: ADD: Bonnie Wells o Wearie
From: Murray on Saltspring
Date: 10 Mar 99 - 02:33 AM

No--it's a different one: words by Alexander Maclagan (1811-1879), music by J. C. Grieve, born 1842; here from John Greig's Scots Minstrelsie of c. 1900.

1.
Come let us climb auld Arthur Seat,
When summer flow'rs are blooming;
When golden broom and heather bells
Are a' the air perfuming.
When sweet May gowans deck the braes,
The hours flee past fu' cheerie,
Where bonnie lassies bleach their claes
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!
[chorus:]
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!
Come let us spend a summer day
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

2.
The "Lily o' St. Leonards" there
Oft spent a sweet May morning,
Wi' gowans gay and sweet blue-bells
Her golden locks adorning.
And there the "Laird o' Dumbiedikes"
Aft gaed to woo his dearie,
And watch his fleecy flocks wi' care,
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!
[cho.]

3.
There Scotland's Queen in stormy times
Forgot her saddest story;
There brave Prine Charlie led his clans
To deeds o' martial glory.
When Johnnie Cope, wi' a' his men
Were scatter'd tamplinteerie,
There Scotland's banner proudly waved
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!
[chorus]

4.
Then let us hail auld Arthur Seat:
Like Scotland's rampant lion,
It tow'rs, a wonder o' the world,
The wildest storms defyin'.
Wi' dauntless front 'neath summer skies,
Or wintry blasts sae dreary,
It stands in peace or war to guard
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!
[chorus]

5.
O lang may bonnie lassies fair
Wi' Nature's charms around them,
Still bleach their claes on flow'ry braes,
Wi' nae sad cares to wound them!
Lang may her sons 'mid fairy scenes,
Wi' hearts richt leal and cheerie,
Still meet to sing their patriot sangs
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!
[chorus]

That chorus is deliciously laid out in four-part harmony, and this song is (was) a great favorite for sentimental harmonising in the pubs of the West of Scotland, let alone the east. The Lily of St Leonard's and the Laird in the 2nd verse are characters in Scott's "Heart of Midlothian" The Wells themselves are (or used to be) at the south of the Queen's Park, Edinburgh; Arthur's Seat is the name of a prominent hill nearby.


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Subject: RE: Words to
From: helens@sympac.com.au
Date: 10 Mar 99 - 05:40 AM

Thanks a million Murray,your blood is worth bottling as we say here in Australia!


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Subject: RE: Words to "The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie"?
From: GUEST,Davie
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 09:56 AM

I have been searching this song for a long time now. I have been told Rangers supporters sang this song at Ibrox many many years ago, and have been intrigued to find out why. Thanks for the lyrics, they have been hard to find!! I see this post is almost 2 years old too!!!!


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: masato sakurai
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 11:21 AM

Ronnie Browne sang this (on Battle Songs & Ballads, with sound clip).


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: mg
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 11:34 AM

it is an absolutely beautiful song. I just knew the first verse and the one about the lions...from an old Kenneth McKellar record.

mg


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 12:12 PM

I am going to attempt to get The Rangers supporters to revive this one. I have an organised 'singing area' inside Ibrox stadium, there are over 200 of us plus a 7 piece band.

Davie


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 01:16 PM

Macagan, not Maclagan. And Grieve.
Just got te McKellar LP album last week (a very good store here with carefully checked as new LPs). "Scottish Saturday Night," London SW99283. Has a nice version of Kelvin Grove, and Hame O' Mine by McKenzie Murdoch. The rest is mostly new nostalgic Scots, or whatever you want to call it, noise but no meat.


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 02 Dec 02 - 01:22 PM

Well Guest-who's-going-to-try-to-get-the-Rangers-support-to-sing...

Good luck... be a bit more edifying than the usual stuff that we get out of Ibrox...


Cheers


Steven


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: GUEST,Davie
Date: 03 Dec 02 - 03:37 AM

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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: GUEST,Bonnie May Wells
Date: 01 Aug 03 - 04:51 PM


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Subject: Lyr Add: BONNIE WELLS O' WEARIE
From: masato sakurai
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 04:44 AM

From HERE:
    BONNIE WELLS O' WEARIE

Come let us climb auld Arthur Seat,
When summer flow'rs are blooming;
When golden broom and heather bells
Are a' the air perfuming.
When sweet May gowans deck the braes,
The hours flee past fu' cheerie,
Where bonnie lassies bleach their claes
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

Chorus:
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!
Come let us spend a summer day
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

The "Lily o' St. Leonards" there
Oft spent a sweet May morning,
Wi' gowans gay and sweet blue-bells
Her golden locks adorning.
And there the "Laird o' Dumbiedikes"
Aft gaed to woo his dearie,
And watch his fleecy flocks wi' care,
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

Chorus:

There Scotland's Queen in stormy times
Forgot her saddest story;
There brave Prince Charlie led his clans
To deeds o' martial glory.
When Johnnie Cope, wi' a' his men
Were scatter'd tamplinteerie,
There Scotland's banner proudly waved
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

Chorus:

Then let us hail auld Arthur Seat:
Like Scotland's rampant lion,
It tow'rs, a wonder o' the world,
The wildest storms defyin'.
Wi' dauntless front 'neath summer skies,
Or wintry blasts sae dreary,
It stands in peace or war to guard
The bonnie Wells o' Wearie!

Chorus:

O lang may bonnie lassies fair
Wi' Nature's charms around them,
Still bleach their claes on flow'ry braes,
Wi' nae sad cares to wound them!
Lang may her sons 'mid fairy scenes,
Wi' hearts richt leal and cheerie,
Still meet to sing their patriot sangs
Beside the Wells o' Wearie!

Meaning of unusual words:
gowans=daisy, often the mountain daisy
braes=hillsides
claes=clothes
tamplinteerie=topsy-turvy
leal=loyal, faithful
"Bonnie Wells O'Wearie" (sung by James Nicol) is on Festival City -- The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. "Bonnie Wells o' Wearie" is in John Greig's Scots Minstrelsie, vol. VI. Unfortunately, I only have the first 4 volumes, and this online edition is in progress.


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Subject: RE: Words to: The Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
From: GUEST,Masato
Date: 02 Aug 03 - 10:04 AM

I should have seen Murray on Saltspring's post above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Bonnie Wells o' Wearie
From: GUEST,Ian Naismyth
Date: 22 Jun 16 - 09:43 AM

My Great Great grandfather was John C. Grieve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Bonnie Wells o' Wearie
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Jun 16 - 11:23 AM

I went to the Wells of Wearie a couple of years ago; I'd never been there before and it's not a much visited spot, despite being easily accessible (in Holyrood Park near the entrance down the hill from the Commonwealth Pool).

It's a rather strange and creepy group of pools and reedy marsh, not connected to any stream leading in or out. The obvious tune that would come to mind is "Swamp Thing".


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