The Burning of Auchindoun

Traditional (Child ballad #183)

Audio

This example of "The Burning of Auchindoun" is performed by Gallowglass
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As I cam' in by Fiddichside, on a May morning
I spied Willie MacIntosh an hour before the dawning

Turn agin, turn agin, turn agin, I bid ye
If ye burn Auchindoun, Huntly he will heid ye

Heid me or hang me, that shall never fear me
I'll burn Auchindoun though the life leaves me

As I cam' in by Auchindoun on a may morning
Auchindoun was in a bleeze, an hour before the dawning

Crawing, crawing, for a' your crouse crawin' 
Ye burnt your crop an' tint your wings an hour before the dawning 


Note: In the example recording by Gallowglass, they add beginning and ending stanzas to the traditional five stanzas above. The verses came from a recording from the group the Wallace Clan. The nonsense syllables are like the traditional Scottish mouth music. The extra stanzas go like this:

When will my love come to me
Over land and over sea
Will he be the one for me
Oh decko decko dandy
Halamachadoo hoo-ra-bhi
Oh hoo-rabha-hi-na, hoo-rabha hin
Halamachadoo hoo-ra-bhi
Oh decko decko dandy

(Insert traditional verses)

When will my love come to me
Will he come and will he see
Will he be the one for me
Oh decko decko dandy
Halamachadoo hoo-ra-bhi
Oh hoo-rabha-hi-na, hoo-rabha hin
Halamchadoo hoo-ra-bhi
Oh decko decko dandy
Halamachadoo.......Halamachadoo......