#02543
The Hills Of Glenshee (Harry Hibbs) video
See also: The Maid Of Glenshee (Leach)
#880: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

One fine summer's mornin' as I went out walkin',
Just as the grey dawn flew over the sea,
I happened to spy a fair haired young damsel,
Attending her flock by the hills of Glenshee.

I said, pretty fair one, will you be my dear one,
For I'll take you over, my bride for to be;
And this very night in my arms I will hold you,
While you tend your flock on the hills of Glenshee.

Oh no, my dear sir, you'll not take me over,
None of your footmen to wait upon me;
I would rather stay home
in my own homespun clothing,
And attend to my flock on the hills of Glenshee.

For twenty long years we've both been together,
Seasons may change but there's no change in me;
And if God lets me live and I have my right senses,
I'll never prove false to the girl on Glenshee.

She's Mary, my Mary, my own lovin' darlin',
She's as pure as the perfume blows over the sea;
And her cheeks are as pale
as the white rose of summer,
That spreads out its leaves on the hills of Glenshee.

She's Mary, my Mary, my own lovin' darlin',
I do love her so and I know she loves me;
And I'll never prove false
to my girl where I met her,
No I'll never prove false to the girl on Glenshee.
No I'll never prove false to the girl on Glenshee.

####.... Variant of a popular ballad, The Lass Of Glenshee, possibly written by Andrew Sharpe, c.1805 [Laws O6] American Balladry From Bristish Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####

This variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (Pure Gold, trk#7, 1980, Tapestry Records and Tapes, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

A variant was sung by Mrs Mary Dunphy [1907-1984] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as The Maid Of Glenshee in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, p.98, © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Variants were also recorded by Steve Searls (Our Home In Newfoundland, trk#4, 1985); and Eddie Coffey (Celtic And Country Memories, trk#4, 1999, RMS productions, North York, Ontario).


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