Will ye go, lassie, go? – a traditional Scottish folk song

Hello friends!

Here is my version of the traditional Scottish folk song “Will ye go, lassie, go?”, with acoustic guitar accompaniment. It also known as “Wild Mountain Thyme”. The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song “The Braes of Balquither” by the Scottish poet Robert Tannahill and Scottish composer Robert Archibald Smith.

This song is one of my all time favourites and transports me to the magical land of misty, heather-clad mountains, sweeping verdant glens, gurgling burns and sparkling lochs. I dedicate it to my Scottish friends and Scots everywhere, also to the Sassenachs, who have adopted Scotland as their home, as well as the many visitors, who have sojourned there and hold Scotland in their hearts, (including my husband and I, who hope to return one day to walk among the heather and enjoy a wee dram with ye!)

I filmed this song in our garden on the south side of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. You might notice the odd flying thing in the video – the dragonflies are out in abundance! In the background you will glimpse Mount Tuam, a majestic mountain that watches over us. Enjoy the video!

Here are the lyrics I usually use:

 

Will ye go, lassie, go?

 

Oh the summer time is coming,

And the trees are sweetly blooming,

And the wild mountain thyme,

Grows around the blooming heather,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together,

To pull wild mountain thyme,

All around the blooming heather,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

 

I will build my love a bower,

By yon pure crystal fountain,

Aye, and on it I will pile,

All the flowers of the mountain,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together,

To pull wild mountain thyme,

All around the blooming heather,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

 

If my true love she won’t come,

I will surely find another,

To pull wild mountain thyme,

All around the blooming heather,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

And we’ll all go together,

To pull wild mountain thyme,

All around the blooming heather,

Will ye go, lassie, go?

 


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More songs coming soon!

Peace, love and light,

Sarah xxx

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