Loch Lomand - By Yon Bonnie Banks

Loch Lomond

Banks O'Loch Lomond

The song is probably one of the most famous Scottish song in the world. It has been recorded many times in all styles from traditional to pop.
(AC/DC 'Bonny')

Verse 1
By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond.
Where me and my true love were ever wont to gae
On the bonnie, bonnie banks O' Loch Lomond. 

O ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak' the low road,
An' I'll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks O' Loch Lomond. 

Verse 2
'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen,
On the steep, steep side O' Ben Lomon',
Where in purple hue the Hieland hills we view,
An' the moon comin' out in the gloamin'

Verse 3
The wee birdies sing and the wild flow'rs spring,
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin';
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring,
Tho' the waefu' may cease frae their greetin'.

For those of you who don't know -Loch Lomond is a beautiful inland lake in Scotland, marking the start of the Scottish Highlands. To get to it, head north from Glasgow on the A82 - you can't miss it - you travel for miles up the side of it.


For those of you who are not quite sure the correct spellings of 'Lock Lomand', Scotish, Lommand, Lommon and Lomon are Loch Lomond, Scottish & Lomond. Just to confuse us Scottland has only one 't'. As to the words in the song - a Brae is a sloping hill; Gae means 'go'; Ben is a Scottish word for 'Mount'; Gloamin means 'valley'; waefu meand woeful and greetin means 'crying'.

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