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The Highlands of Scotland

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Thanks to Garonne for sending me the Steeleye Span version of the ballad! I'd only heard the more common one that starts with 'On the day that I was married...' before, but the lyrics for the Steeleye Span version really inspired me. Check out the original lyrics here (at the bottom). Thanks to Garonne and Regshoe for beta-reading/listening!

Here's a version with harmony, and one without harmony. I sing both harmony and melody, since in these days of social isolation I can't meet up with anyone to sing, or give me guitar accompaniment...

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The love that I have chosen I therewith be content
The mountains shall be leveled before that I repent
Repent it shall I never do until the day I die
For the highlands of Scotland have twined my love and me.

My love goes to the scaffold and I am left to mourn
It's enough to break a soldier's heart that lately used to scorn
All love, that lays you open to loss and misery
But the highlands of Scotland have twined my love and me.

My love he is a rebel who holds the white rose dear
And he took my word of honour and my heart into his care
I hold still to my King and wish from tyranny be free
But the highlands of Scotland have twined my love and me.

At first I laughed to see them, when they buried guns
But I choked upon my merriment, when the slaughter had begun.
They fell among the thistles upon Culloden moor
And my love now bides in prison, and I have put him there.

I never in his arms have lain, and never will so lie
Old hopes of army preference no comfort shall supply
And neither will I marry until the day I die
For I never had a love but one and at Carlisle he'll be tried.

Oh hold your tongue you soldier, do your duty and be content.
For rebels who should be shot like dogs, you should not sore lament.
Take comfort ye in victory, alas there's none for me
For I never had a love but one and he soon dead will be.