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The Birks Of Abergeldie

Scottish Song

The Birks Of Abergeldie is a Scottish melody, first recorded in manuscript in 1694.

The first verse of this (older) song formed the chorus of the (newer) song, The Birks Of Aberfeldy, written while Burns was on a highland tour, standing beneath the falls of Aberfeldy at (or near) Moness in Perthshire.

Not to be confused with another Scottish song, The Birks Of Aberfeldy - Song, written by Robert Burns in 1787 and sung to the tune The Birks Of Abergeldie.


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The Birks Of Abergeldie

The Birks Of Abergeldie

Bonie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go,
Bonie lassie, will ye go
To the Birks Of Abergeldie?

Ye shall get a gown of silk,
A gown of silk, a gown of silk,
Ye shall get a gown of silk,
And coat of Calimancoe.

Na, kind sir, I dare nae gang,
I dare nae gang, I dare nae gang,
Na, kind sir, I dare nae gang,
My Minnie she'll be angry.

Sair, sair wad she flyte,
Wad she flyte, wad she flyte,
Sair, sair wad she flyte,
And sair wad she ban me.


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Birks Of Abergeldie Printed Music, c. 1820


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