The Gallowa' Hills

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Audio

This example of "The Gallowa' Hills" is performed by Alex Sutherland and His Cronies on their CD "Auld an' New".
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Galloway is in the south-west of Scotland. The words to this song are by William Nicholson (1783-1849) and was originally called 'The Braes of Galloway". It has changed over the years, and this is just one version of it.

I'll tak' my plaidie contented tae be,
A wee bittie kilted abune my knee,
An' I'll gie my pipes anither blaw,
An' I'll gang oot ower the hills tae Gallowa'.

     Oh the Gallowa' Hills are covered wi' broom
     Wi' heather bells in bonnie bloom,
     Aye wi' heather bells an' rivers a'
     An' we'll gang oot ower the hills tae Gallowa'.

Come on bonnie lassie will ye gang wi' me
And share yer life in a far country
Aye an' share yer life though doon fa's a'
An' we'll gang oot ower the hills tae Gallowa'

I'll sell my rock, I'll sell my reel,
I'll sell my granny's spinning wheel,
Aye I'll sell the lot tho' doon fa's a'
An' we'll gang oot ower the hills tae Gallowa'

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