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The Land O' The Leal

  • (Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne)

    I'm wearin awa', Jean
    Like snaw-drifts in thaw, Jean
    I'm wearin awa' tae the land o' the leal

    There's nae sorrow there, Jean
    There's neither cauld nor care, Jean
    The day is aye fair in the land o' the leal

    Oor bonnie bairnie's there, Jean
    She was baith gude and fair, Jean
    And oh! we grudged her sair tae the land o' the leal

    But sorrow's sel' wears past, Jean
    And joy is coming fast, Jean
    The joy that's aye tae last in the land o' the leal

    Ye've aye been leal an' true, Jean
    Your task is ended noo, Jean
    And I'll welcome you tae the land o' the leal

    Then dry that tearfu' e'e, Jean
    My saul langs tae be free, Jean
    And angels beckon me tae the land o' the leal

    A' oor friends are gane, Jean
    We've lang been left alane, Jean
    We'll a' meet again in the land o' the leal

    Now fare ye weel, my ain Jean
    This warld's care is vain, Jean
    We'll meet and aye be fain in the land o' the leal

    (as sung by Alex Campbell)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1970:] Daughter of the Jacobite laird of Gask, in Perth, [Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne (1766-1845)] married her second cousin William Nairne in 1806. In 1824 he became sixth Lord Nairne on the restoration of the 'attainted' Scottish peerages. About eighty-seven songs carry her signature, originals and cobblings alike, and her range is very wide. Her Jacobite ones are sentimental yet sincere, and among her best liked. It was only after her death that the songs appeared in her own name instead of the pseudonym 'Mrs Bogan of Bogan'. (Penguin Book of Scottish Verse 15)

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