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Gallant Forty Twa (Ryan's Fancy) MIDI, video
#77: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2008
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You may talk about your Lancers
or your Irish Fusiliers,
The Aberdeen Militias
or the Queen's Own Volunteers,
Or any other regiment
that's lying far awa',
Come give to me the tartan
of the Gallant Forty Twa.

And strolling through the green fields
on a summer's day,
Watching all the country girls
working at the hay,
I really was delighted
and he stole me heart awa',
When I saw him in the tartan
of the Gallant Forty Twa.

Oh, I never will forget the day
his regiment marched past,
The pipes they played a lively tune
but my heart was aghast;
He turned around and smiled farewell
and then from far awa',
He waved to me the tartan of
the Gallant Forty Twa.

And strolling through the green fields
on a summer's day,
Watching all the country girls
working at the hay,
I really was delighted
and he stole me heart awa',
When I saw him in the tartan
of the Gallant Forty Twa.

Once again I hear the music
of the pipers from afar,
They tramped and tramped
the weary men returning from the war;
And as they nearer drew
I brushed a woeful tear awa',
To see my bonnie laddie
in the Gallant Forty Twa.

And strolling through the green fields
on a summer's day,
Watching all the country girls
working at the hay,
I really was delighted
and he stole me heart awa',
When I saw him in the tartan
of the Gallant Forty Twa.

And strolling through the green fields
on a summer's day,
Watching all the country girls
working at the hay,
I really was delighted
and he stole me heart awa',
When I saw him in the tartan
of the Gallant Forty Twa.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional Scots soldier's enlistment song, Jock McGraw. Also a variant of a Scottish broadside ballad, The Gallant Forty-Twa, published by the Poet's Box (Dundee) sometime between 1880 and 1900 and archived in The Word On The Street Broadsides at the National Library of Scotland, shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(25a) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Times To Remember, trk#3, ©1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

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Note excerpted from the National Library of Scotland archive:
The 'Forty-Twa' is the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, more commonly known as the 'Black Watch'. It was established in 1739, and first mustered in 1740 under John, the Earl of Crawford, at Aberfeldy, to be on constant guard for securing the peace in the Highlands and to watch upon the braes (hills). The name 'Black Watch' comes from the dark tartans its members wear, which were originally to distinguish them from regular troops who wore red uniforms.



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