Episode 3 Music Night at Brownlow


Episode 3

A new series that captures the variety and scope of the music that is Ulster-Scots. Filmed in Brownlow House, Lurgan.


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Fair faa ye from Brownlow House.

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This is the final programme in a series that has, at its heart,

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the music of the Ulster-Scots

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and the wonderful musicians who perform it.

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And playing for us tonight are pipers

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Alan MacPherson and Ross Hume...

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..Ballylone Flute Band...

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And the drum corps from the Pride of Ballinran from Kilkeel.

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But first up for us tonight, it's the Battlefield Band.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Well, it's great to have the Battlefield Band

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here in Brownlow House, you're very welcome.

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-ALL:

-Thanks very much.

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You know, my aunt is really jealous that she's not here today

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because she has listened to the Battlefield Band, I think,

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since its inception, so I know that there are a lot of fans out there

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in Northern Ireland and it's been around since 1969, you say?

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-Yeah, the band is as old as I am, so...

-Right.

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In Scotland, back in the late '60s, as here and in America,

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there was a lot of pop music and people weren't really...

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..in touch with their own culture, they were kind of embarrassed

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-of recorded music or whatever type of music it was...

-Right.

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..it was kind of dying out,

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so the Battlefield Band was one of the first bands in Scotland.

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It was a big part of a revival of the music and a culture...

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Yeah, and in terms of the Battlefield Band, you know,

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I suppose its members have come from all over the UK and in Ireland

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throughout the years and the current line-up,

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we have someone from Londonderry,

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someone from Scotland, someone from Donegal.

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Do you get to play here often these days?

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Um, not as often as we would like.

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We've done a few gigs over the past few years,

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-but there's a great pipe band tradition here, so...

-Right.

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..people kind of, in pipe bands, tend to know us through that,

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-but we would certainly like to come over here more.

-Yeah.

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-It would save me a lot of time flying.

-ALL LAUGH

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Stay other side of town Honey, I won't be around

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# It's a long way from here to over yonder

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# My feet, they're getting mighty sore

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# I'm not coming back You've made my mind to wander

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Stay other side of town Honey, I won't be around

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Well, don't come lookin' for me, baby

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# And don't come knockin' on my door

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# I thought you were worth it once but I was crazy

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Stay other side of town Honey, I won't be around

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Stay other side of town Honey, I won't be around

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# My walking shoes don't fit me any more

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# Stay other side of town Honey, I won't be around. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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We've moved into the ballroom at Brownlow House

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because there's absolutely no chance

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that these folk will fit on our stage.

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This is Ballylone Concert Flute Band and with me is Bobby and Gillian.

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Now, just tell me a little bit more about the band.

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Ballylone Flute Band was founded in 1908

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as a marching band in the townland of Ballylone,

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just outside Ballynahinch,

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and while we still do our parades,

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the band has developed over many years

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into one of the finest concert and contest bands in the province.

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Some of the original families in our band are still here.

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I notice you've got a medal on, tell us a wee bit more about that.

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-Well, that's the 50-year medal, so...

-Ah!

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-I think I started when I was three!

-LAUGHTER

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Did I hear correctly that you're world champions?

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That's correct, yes.

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-World champions, Nicola, for the fifth time this year.

-Wow!

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Yeah. Um, we won it way back in '02 for the first time

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and we retained it this year.

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You're going to play for us now, you're playing two pieces,

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one of which has an Ulster-Scots connection.

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Gillian...

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Well, the second piece is the hoedown from Aaron Copland's

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Rodeo suite and the Ulster-Scots brought the fiddle playing

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to the Appalachian Mountains,

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and this particular movement of the suite is based on Mrs McLeod's Reel,

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which is very synonymous with the Ulster-Scots.

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# A sailor and his true love lay doon tae mak their moan

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# When in came ain o their countrymen

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# Sayin', rise up, my bonny lassie

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# Mak haste and come awa'

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# There's a vessel lying bound for Caledonia

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# Oh, said the sailor

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# Are ye willing for tae pay

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# 500 guineas afore on board ye gay?

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# I'll pay them plack and farthing afore on board I go

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# If ye tak me tae my bonny Caledonia

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# Oh, said the sailor

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# Her money we will tak

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# And when we're on the sea we'll throw her over deck

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# Or sell her for a slave lang or ere she win awa'

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# She'll never see her bonny Caledonia

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# Well, said the captain

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# Well, that'll never do!

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# For there are nae slaves sold intae oor country noo

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# They'd hang us ane and a' They would hang us, every man

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# If we sold her for a slave to Caledonia

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# Well, said the sailor

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# She's lying doon below

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# She's bound hand and foot Ready overboard to throw

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# She's bound hand and foot Ready overboard to throw

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# She'll never see her bonny Caledonia

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# Now the captain away tae the fair maid he has gane

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# Says, what is the reason ye're lying here sae lang?

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# An' what is the reason that ye're lying here at all?

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# For you've paid your passage dear tae Caledonia

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# Oh, said the lassie

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# Oh, woe is me

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# That ever I was born sic hardships for tae see

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# For the sailor's got a lassie he likes better far than me

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# And it causes me to weep for Caledonia

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# So the captain away to the sailor he has gane

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# He's ta'en him by the neck and him overboard has thrown

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# Sayin', tak this cup o water though the liquor be but sma'

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# And drink your lassie's health tae Caledonia

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# They've sailed east and they've sailed west

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# Until they reached the land that they a' loved the best

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# For the winds they did roar and the seas they did beat

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# And they've all arrived safe to Caledonia

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# They hadna been there but three quarters o' a year

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# When in silks and satins he's made her for tae wear

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# When in fine silks and satins he's made her for tae go

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# Noo she's the captain's wife in Caledonia

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# Noo she's the captain's wife in Caledonia. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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So, Alan and Ross, welcome to Brownlow House.

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You're both local lads -

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Alan, you're from Cullybackey and, Ross, you're from Antrim.

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You've been playing the bagpipes a long time.

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I've been playing the pipes since I was nine years old.

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My great-grandfather actually piped and members of my family

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have played in accordion bands,

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but somewhere along the line the piping's come out again in myself.

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What about you, Ross?

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Yeah, I started when I was about ten years old as well and,

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unlike Alan, I don't have any family connections in piping, I just kind

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of heard them one day and thought that I wanted to learn them, so...

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So, what bands do you play in? Alan?

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I've just been playing for the past two years

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in a band from Dublin called St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band.

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And what about you, Ross?

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I've played for the last four years in Field Marshal Montgomery from Lisburn.

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So you'll be playing for us tonight,

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but it's not with the Highland pipes, it's actually with the Lowland pipes.

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What's the difference in the two?

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Well, it's the Scottish Lowland pipes and they're a softer,

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they've a more mellow tone to them.

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You can fit them in with guitars and fiddles to good effect.

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The fingerwork and, like, the technique on the chanter is exactly the same,

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but instead of blowing into them, you're going to be...

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pumping the air with the bellows with your other arm, so it kind of

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just takes you a while to get used to kind of re-coordinating yourself again.

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So once you get used to that, you're flying.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Up next here at Brownlow,

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we have a Burns song and the singer is sitting right beside me.

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So, you're going to interview me now?

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Well, I don't think they'd ask me to sing now!

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-EILIDH LAUGHS

-I'm not very good.

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Well, this song that I'm singing tonight

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is a song called Ye Banks And Braes O' Bonnie Doon

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and it's a song by Robbie Burns and my grandmother used to sing it,

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although, to be honest, I never heard her sing it myself,

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but my dad assures me that that was the case,

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and it's a gorgeous melody and a really lovely lyric

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all about love and heartbreak.

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# Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon

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# How can ye bloom

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# Sae fresh and fair

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# How can ye chant

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# Ye little birds

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# And I sae weary, fu' o' care!

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# Ye'll break my heart

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# Ye warbling birds

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# That wantons thro'

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# The flowering thorn

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# Ye mind me o'

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# Departed joys

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# Departed never

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# To return

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# Oft have I rov'd

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# By bonnie Doon

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# To see the rose

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# And woodbine twine

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# And ilka bird

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# Sang o' its love

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# And fondly sae did I o' mine

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# Wi' lightsome heart

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# I pu'd a rose

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# Fu' sweet upon

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# Its thorny tree

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# But my false lover

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# Stole my rose

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# But ah! He left the thorn wi' me

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# Wi' lightsome heart

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# I pu'd a rose

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# Fu' sweet upon

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# Its thorny tree

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# But my false lover

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# Stole my rose

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# But ah! He left the thorn wi' me. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Now, that's almost it for this series of Music Night At Brownlow.

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To play us out, the Scott Wood Band.

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All the best.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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