Will Ye No' Come Back Again?

anonymous Scottish ballad

Bonnie Chairlie's noo awa',
Safely ower the friendly main.
Mony a he'rt will break in twa,
Should he ne 'er come back again.

Will ye no' come back again?
Will ye no'come back again?
Better lo 'ed ye canna be,
Will ye no'come back again?

Ye trusted in your Hielan' men,
They trusted you dear Chairlie.
They kent your hidin' in the glen,
Death or exile bravin'.

We watched thee in the gloamin' hour,
We watched thee in the mornin' grey.
Tho' thirty thousand pounds they gie,
O there is nane that wad betray.

Sweet the laverock' s note and lang,
Liltin' wildly up the glen.
But aye tae me he sings ae sang,
Will ye no' come back again?

For Bonnie Prince Charlie. In 1746 at Culloden, the last battle fought on British soil, Bonnie Prince Charlie's Highland clansmen were defeated by Cumberland's redcoats.

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