The Queen of Argyll

Words and music by Andy M. Stewart,
copyright Strathmore Music and Film Services


This example of "The Queen of Argyll" is performed by Andy M. Stewart on the albums The Best of Silly Wizard and Kiss the Tears Away, both available from the Chivalry Music store.
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Andy M. Stewart first recorded this song with "Silly Wizard"  in 1983 and was quickly picked up by other folksingers. It's become so ubiquitous that it's often mistaken as traditional, attesting to Andy's deftness as a songwriter and composer. In concert, Andy describes this as a "typical Scottish love song: it involves an unobtainable  woman and strong drink."
In the chorus, sometimes the word "morning" is used rather than "marvel" ... in her smile.

Words, music and chords appear in The Andy M. Stewart Collection, pub. 1998

Gentlemen it is me duty
To inform you of one beauty
Though I'd ask of you a favour
Not to seek her for a while
Though I own she is a creature
Of character and feature
No words can paint the picture
Of the queen of all Argyll

And if you could have seen her there
Boys, if you had just been there
The swan was in her movements
And the marvel in her smile
All the roses in the garden
They bow and ask her pardon
For not one could match the beauty
Of the Queen of all Argyll

On the evening that I mentioned
I passed with light intention
Through a part of our dear country
Known for beauty and for style
In the place of noble thinkers
Of scholars and great drinkers
But above them all for splendour
Shone the Queen of all Argyll


So my lads I needs must leave you
My intentions no' to grieve you
Nor indeed would I deceive you
Oh I'll see you in a while
I must find some way to gain her
To court her and attain her
I fear my heart's in danger
From the Queen of all Argyll

Chorus (twice)

Guitar chords
Dm Am
Dm Dm
Em G
Dm Am
Dm C
Am Em Am

Dm Em
Am Dm
Am Em G
Dm Em
Am C
Am Em Am