THE BONNIE, BONNIE BANKS …

A Scottish song most of us know is Loch Lomond. I remember learning it in school … but now I’m wondering why music teachers teach it to their kids. This is not some sweet, romantic song about a faraway sweetheart – this song is actually about a soldier – probably a Jacobite and probably written about the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie.  The soldier is dying in war and knowing he is never again going home.  An interesting song to be singing in a third grade classroom. In Scotland, however, this is often the last song in a musical presentation such as a concert or music theater.

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love will ne-er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.
Chorus:
O ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye
For me and my true love will ne-er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.
‘Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep sides o’ Ben Lomon’
Where in purple hue, the hielan hills we view
And the moon comin’ out in the gloamin’.
Chorus
The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart, it kens nae second spring again
Tho’ the waeful may cease frae their greetin’.

Loch Lomond itself is Scotland’s largest freshwater lake and the country’s first national park. The park is less than an hour away from Glasgow.

Here are some pictures of the bonnie, bonnie banks.

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