Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Wild Mountain Thyme

Scottish Song Collected By Francis McPeake

Wild Mountain Thyme (also known as "Purple Heather" and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?") is a Scottish folk song that was collected by Francis McPeake 1st, who wrote the song himself for his wife.

The McPeake family claim recognition for the writing of the song. Francis McPeake is a member of a well known musical family in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774–1810), a contemporary of Robert Burns 1759-1796.


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Wild Mountain Thyme
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Wild Mountain Thyme Adapted By Francis McPeake

The summer time is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will you go, lassie, go?

Chorus
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather,
Will you go, lassie, go?

I will build my love a tower
By yon clear crystal fountain.
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain.
Will you go, lassie, go?

If my true love she were gone,
I will surely find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather.
Will you go, lassie, go?


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Wild Mountain Thyme, Scotland


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