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Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad

09 Oct 02 - 07:12 AM (#799364)
Subject: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Colin21

I'am looking for the lyrics to this old song the Sons of Erin recorded on their first LP. It was at the time when John Cameron, Jonnie Lynn, and Dennis Ryan were members of the group.


24 Oct 02 - 12:46 PM (#810274)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Sorcha

Refresh.....wonder if this is "our" Johnny Cameron....didn't find anything with Google.


28 Oct 02 - 05:23 AM (#812972)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Wolfgang

I doubt this long shot is a hit, but just in case: Old thread on 'johnnie lad'

Wolfgang


28 Oct 02 - 07:40 AM (#813027)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Jim McLean

There's a Scottish song called 'List, bonnie laddie, an' come awa' wi' me'???
Jim Mclean


28 Oct 02 - 03:18 PM (#813133)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Malcolm Douglas

On the off-chance that it's that last one, there's a set in the DT: TWA RECRUITIN' SERGEANTS


08 Sep 12 - 05:57 PM (#3401801)
Subject: ADD: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: GUEST,LYRIC ADD: 999

Come Away Bonnie Lad as sung by the Sons of Erin. (NB, they have a video on the following link from which I took the lyrics.)

http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/22/lad.htm

COME AWAY, BONNIE LAD
Songwriter:

Come away, bonnie lad, 'tis making me sad,
I've loved you these twenty long years;
You're as pure as the heather, my bonnie wee lad,
Come away, 'tis the pipes that I hear.

You're the likeness, my son, of your father who's gone,
From the earth and I well do recall,
'Twas a morning like this when he chanced for to hear,
The pipes calling out one and all.

If you follow the pipes you will ne'er see again,
The sweet purple heather in bloom;
I once said the same to your father in vain,
As the pipers were playing their tune.

Come away, says the pipes, they're playing our tune,
For the likes of you to be ready;
They are playing the tune I remember so well,
When I last saw your father, dear laddie.

Come away, bonnie lad, it's fearful too sad,
What I hear over yonder blue heather;
'Tis the pipers again calling out for young men,
To die in the fields of endeavour.

Come away, bonnie lad, 'tis making me sad,
I've loved you these twenty long years;
You're as pure as the heather, my bonnie wee lad,
Come away, 'tis the pipes that I hear.

####.... Alan MacRae ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by the Sons of Erin, featuring bandleader Ralph O'Brien, Johnnie Lynn, "Wee" John Cameron, and Denis Ryan on their self-titled album (Sons Of Erin, trk#2, 1970, Dominion Records, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Sons of Erin.

A variant was also recorded as Come Away Bonny Lad by The R.O.S.S. Ceiligh Band of St. John's, NL (The Besta' Rough Gear, 2005).

The YouTube video below features a recording by Dick Nolan (I Want To Live, trk#4, 1967, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, directed by Ben Weatherby); and a digitally remastered compact disc (Newfoundland Songbook, Volume 3, trk#18, 2008, Unidisc Music Inc., Pointe-Claire, Quebec).


22 Sep 12 - 05:13 AM (#3408589)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Come Away, Bonnie Lad
From: Joe Offer

the lyrics have "Alan MacRae" at the end - is that the songwriter?

-Joe-