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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:12 pm    Post subject: Old Blind Dogs Reply with quote

Old Blind Dogs - Bennachie



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This happy sounding song is about a girl who only had two boys that courted her - one died at the town fair & the other drowned. The music doesn't sound like the story line. Lyrics are included with some English hints from me. The Scottish band, Old Blind Dogs playing "Bennachie" from "New Tricks", released in 1997. Enjoy!

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Old Blind Dogs current members:
Jonny Hardie (fiddle, mandolin, guitar & vocals), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Fraser Stone (drums, percussion)



Chorus:
Gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins (Local burn - runs)
Whaur the Gaudie rins, whaur the Gaudie rins
Gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins
At the back o' Bennachie

Oh I niver had but twa richt lads
Aye twa richt lads, twa richt bonnie lads
I niver had but twa richt lads
That dearly courted me

(Chorus)

And ane (one) was killed at the Lourin Fair
The laurin' fair, at the Lourin Fair
Oh ane was killed at the Lourin Fair
The ither (other) was droont in the Dee (a local river)

(Chorus)

And I gave to him the haunin' fine
The haunin' fine, the haunin' fine
Gave to him the haunin' fine
His mornin' (mourning) dressed tae be

(Chorus)

Well, he gave to me the linen fine
The linen fine, the linen fine
Gave to me the linen fine
Me windin' sheet (shroud) tae be

(Chorus)

Well, oh gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins
Wi' the bonny broom an' the yellow whims
Gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins
At the back o' Bennachie

Oh gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins
Gin I were whaur the Gaudie
At the back o' Bennachie

Aye, oh gin I were whaur the Gaudie
Gin I were whaur the Gaudie
At the back o' Bennachie





(Well, oh gin I were whaur the Gaudie rins/Well, here I go where the Gaudie runs)

Translation not mine.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE BATTLE OF HARLAW



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Battle of Harlaw



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Battle of Harlaw, a traditional Scottish song.
Performed by the Old Blind Dogs.


As I cam' in by Dunideer and doon by Nether Ha'
There were fifty thoosand' heilan' men a-marchin' tae Harlaw
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

As I gaed on an' farther on and doon an' by Balquhain
Oh it's there I saw Sir James the Rose and wi' him John the Graeme
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

"It's cam' ye fae the Heilan's man, cam' ye a' the wey?
Saw ye MacDonald and his men as they cam' in fae Skye?"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

"It's I was near and near eneuch that I their numbers saw
There was fifty thoosan' heilan' men a-marchin' tae Harlaw"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

"Gin that be true," says James the Rose, "We'll no cam' muckle speed
We'll cry upon wir merry men and turn wir horse's heid"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

"Oh na, o' na," says John the Graeme, "This thing will nivver be
The gallant Graemes wis nivver beat, we'll try fit we can dae"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

Well, as I gaed on an' further on an' doon an' by Harlaw
There fell fu' close on ilka side sic straiks ye nivver saw
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

There fell fu' close on ilka side sic straiks ye nivver saw
An' ilka sword gaed clash for clash at the Battle of Harlaw
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

The Heilan' men wi' their lang swords, they laid on us fu' sair
And they drave back wir merry men three acres breadth and mair
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

An' Forbes tae his brither did say, "Noo brither, can't ye see
They've beaten us back on ilka side and we'll be forced tae flee"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

"Oh na, na, my brither bold, this thing will nivver be
Ye'll tak yer guid sword in yer haun', ye'll gang in wi' me"
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

Well, it's back tae back the brithers bold gaed in amangst the thrang
And they drave back the heilan' men wi' swords baith sharp and lang
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

An' the firstan stroke that Forbes struck, he gart MacDonald reel
An' the neistan straik that Forbes struck, the brave MacDonald fell
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

An siccan a ptlairchie o' the likes ye nivver saw
As wis amangst the Heilan' men fan they saw MacDonald fa'
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

Some rade, some ran and some did gang, they were o' sma' record
For Forbes and his merry men, they slew them on the road
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

O' fifty thoosan' Heilan' men, but fifty-three gaed hame
And oot o' a' the Lawlan' men, fifty marched wi' Graeme
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay

Gin onybody spier at ye for them that marched awa'
Ye can tell them plain and very plain they're sleepin' at Harlaw
Wi' a diddy aye o' an' a fal an' doe
And a diddy aye o' aye ay.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot to tell me who Lourin is or was.  Bit of shoddy work there, BoB.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fatjock wrote:
You forgot to tell me who Lourin is or was.  Bit of shoddy work there, BoB.


Its nae too late tae ging this eer.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1170811396350835/
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a better version.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Farmloon wrote:
Fatjock wrote:
You forgot to tell me who Lourin is or was.  Bit of shoddy work there, BoB.


Its nae too late tae ging this eer.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1170811396350835/


Never been to it, always something else on, but it will only be a shadow of what it was or used to be.

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