Loch Lomond (The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond) - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

The song 'Loch Lomond' (also known as 'The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond') is a traditional Scottish folk song that was first published in 1841.  Loch Lomond itself is the largest of Scotland's lakes (lochs).  The 'high road' referred to in the lyrics is simply a 'highway' (or to put it very unromantically, a main road, or major thoroughfare).  The 'low road' means a minor road.  There are various theories about why the lover taking the minor road will reach Scotland before the one taking the major road.  See this wikipedia article for more information.  The version of Loch Lomond in the YouTube video is by The Corries.

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Chords

Capo at 5th Fret


Verse

    C          Am          F          Am
O wither away my bonny maid

     
C                 Am           Dm7 G7
So late and so far in the gloa-ming?

F                            Am         F       Dm7        F
The mist gathers grey on moorland and brae;

   
C               F                 G7  C
O wither so far are you roaming?



Chorus

C                         Am                   F                  C
O you take the high road and I'll take the low;

C             Am            Dm7  G7
I'll be in Scotland afore   you,

       F                  Am                  F        Dm7   F
For me and my true love will never meet again

            C                       F                       G7 C
By the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

Lyrics

O wither away my bonny maid
So late and so far in the gloaming?
The mist gathers grey on moorland and brae;
O wither so far are you roaming?

O you take the high road and I'll take the low;
I'll be in Scotland before you,
For me and my true love will never meet again
By the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

I trusted my own love last night in the broom,
My Donald who loves me so dearly;
For the morrow he will march for Edinburugh town
To fight for his king and Prince Charlie.

O well may I weep for yestreen in my sleep -
We stood bride and bridegroom together;
But his arms and his breath were as cold as the death,
And his heart's blood ran red in the heather.

O you take the high road and I'll take the low;
I'll be in Scotland before you,
For me and my true love will never meet again
By the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

As dauntless in battle as tender in love,
He'd yield never a foot to the foeman;
But never again frae the field of the slain
To his Moira will he come by Loch Lomond.

The thistle may bloom, the king hae his own,
And fond lovers meeting in the gloaming;
And me and my true love will lyet meet again
Far above the bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

O you take the high road and I'll take the low;
I'll be in Scotland before you,
For me and my true love will never meet again
By the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.

 

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