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DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'

03 Mar 17 - 08:53 PM (#3842733)
Subject: DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'
From: Joe Offer

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The Digital Tradition lyrics for this song come from a post by Anne Cormack. Here are the DT lyrics:

BONNIE GALLOWA'

Wha but lo'e the bonnie hills,
Wha bur lo'es the shinin' rills,
Aye for thee my bosom fills,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' darkly rollin' Dee,
Land o' silvery windin' Cree,
Kissed by Solway's foamy sea,
Bonnie Gallowa'.


Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine,
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons, a' are thine,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear tae me,
Bonnie Gallowa'.

As sung by Moira Anderson:
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Here is Anne's post:

Thread #862   Message #2584
Posted By: Anne Cormack
26-Feb-97 - 02:08 AM
Thread Name: Moira Anderson versions:Bonny Gallowa/Rothesay Bay
Subject: Lyr Add: BONNIE GALLOWA' (from Moira Anderson)

Teru,
Here are the words for BONNIE GALLOWA' as sung by Moira Anderson:

1.
Wha but lo'e the bonnie hills,
Wha bur lo'es the shinin' rills,
Aye for thee my bosom fills,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' darkly rollin' Dee,
Land o' silvery windin' Cree,
Kissed by Solway's foamy sea,
Bonnie Gallowa'.

2.
Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine,
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons, a' are thine,
Bonnie Gallowa'
Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear tae me,
Bonnie Gallowa'.

I've tried getting the words for Rothesay Bay, but even I can't make a lot of them out, and I'm Scottish!!!!
Maybe someone else will help.

Regards Anne


03 Mar 17 - 09:11 PM (#3842736)
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'
From: Joe Offer

Another version:

Thread #862   Message #1025511
Posted By: Kenny B
27-Sep-03 - 01:55 AM
Thread Name: Moira Anderson versions:Bonny Gallowa/Rothesay Bay
Subject: Lyr Add: BONNIE GALLOWA' (George G. B. Sproat)

W/ 3rd verse and composer


BONNIE GALLOWA'
George G. B. Sproat

Wha but lo'es the bonnie hills,
Wha but lo'es the shinin' rills;
Aye for thee my bosom fills—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Land o' darkly-rollin' Dee,
Land o' silvery windin' Cree,
Kiss'd by Solway's foamy sea—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Wreathes o' glory roun' thee weave,
Gory land o' fearless Thrieve,
Heroes' deeds your sons achieve—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Ance ye had a king your ain,
Wha your laurels ne'er wad stain,
Focht your foes wi' micht an' main—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine?
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons, a' are thine—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.

Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear to me—
        Bonnie Gallowa'.


03 Mar 17 - 09:25 PM (#3842739)
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'
From: Joe Offer

Can anybody give us background information on this song?

Here's the recording by The Corries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw7Mp63AXlQ

And by Jean Redpath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfOpdYX2wQ4

Want dance instructions? https://www.scottish-country-dancing-dictionary.com/dance-crib/bonnie-gallowa.html


03 Mar 17 - 10:06 PM (#3842746)
Subject: ADD Version:Bonny Gallowa'
From: Joe Offer

Here are the lyrics from the Jean Redpath album, Frae My Ain Countrie, Folk-Legacy CD-49, 1973

BONNY GALLOWA'
Words: George B. Sproat
Music: George Fred Hornsby

Wha but lo'es the bonny hills?
Wha but lo'es the shinin' rills?
Aye for thee my bosom fills,
Bonny Galiowa'.
Land o' darkly rollin' Dee,
Land o' silv'ry windin' Cree,
Kissed by Solway's foamy sea,
Bonny Gallowa'.

Wreaths o' glory round thee weave,
Gory land o' fearless threave.
Heroes' deeds thy sons achieve,
Bonny Gallowa'.
Aince ye had a king, thine ain,
Wha thy laurels wouldnae stain,
Focht thy foes wi' micht and main,
Bonny Gallowa'.

Wha 'mang Scotia's chiefs can shine?
Heroes o' the Douglas line,
Maxwells, Gordons — a' are thine,
Bonny Gallowa'.
Land o' birk and rowan tree,
Land o' fell and forest free,
Land that's aye sae dear tae me,
Bonny Gallowa'.


Jean Redpath's notes:
There's a wealth of songs at home which tend to be included in Scottish Country Dance waltz selections and records of the "Tartan Treasures" variety so often that one ceases to listen to them. Yet, given an evening of singing and maybe a drink or two, and it's inevitable that these familiar tunes will creep in somewhere in the sentimental hours.
This one is for Geordie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfOpdYX2wQ4

This is almost the same version Kenny B posted - see above.


04 Mar 17 - 05:42 AM (#3842774)
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'
From: Tattie Bogle

It's a tune that's much played by pipe bands too, often following Rowan Tree.


04 Mar 17 - 10:03 AM (#3842813)
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Bonnie Galloway/Bonny Gallowa'
From: Gutcher

Mid 20th.C. sheet music gives words by George G.B. Sproat--Sproat being an ancient Galloway family, tenants in the Motte of Urr, whitch being crown lands they became lairds of for sevices rendered to Robert the Bruce during the battle of Moss Raploch and prior to that at the battle of Glentrool.
Music by George Faed Hornsby, on the face of it not a very Galloway sounding name but found in many burial records from the 18th.C. onwards in Galloway and with a very substantial 19th.C. family burial monument in Girthon Burial ground which was the burial ground for the people of Gatehouse of Fleet, home to the well known 19th.C. family of artists called Faed who also have a monument in the same cemetry.