Jamie Raeburn. (Trad)

My name is Jamie Raeburn, from Glasgow town I came 
My place and habitation I’m forced to leave in shame 
Frae my place and habitation, it’s I must gang awa’ 
Far from the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia 

It was early on one morning, just by the break of day 
The turnkey he came to us and unto us did say 
Arise you hapless convicts, arise you one and a’ 
This is the day you are to stray from Caledonia 

So we all arose, put on our clothes, our hearts were full of grief 
Our friends who stood around the coach could grant us no relief 
Our parents, wives and sweethearts too, their hears were broke in twa
To see us leave the hills and dales of Caledonia 

So farewell my dearest mother, I’m vexed for what I’ve done 
I hope none shall cast up to you the race that I have run 
I hope that they’ll protect you when I am far awa’ 
Far from the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia 

And farewell, my honest father, you were the best of men 
And likewise my sweetheart, it’s Catherine is her name 
No more we’ll walk by Clyde’s clear stream or by the Broomielaw 
For I must leave the hills and dales of Caledonia 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.