al Scottish song written to his sweetheart after the '45 Rebellion
by a young soldier
awaiting execution at Carlisle
for his part in the Jacobite
Rising. The low
road refers to his impending death while the high road is the sign of hope
for which he has sacrificed his life.
The Bonny Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond
By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love spent many happy days
On the bonnie bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond
Chorus: O' ye'll take the high road and I'll tak the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie bonnie banks o' loch Lomond
Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep steep side o' Ben Lomond,
Where in deep purple hue, the Hieland hills we view,
And the moon coming oot in the gloaming.
The wee birdies sing, and the wild flowers spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping,
But the broken heart will ken nae second spring again,'
Though resigned we may be while we're greetin'