#03713
The Braes O'Killicrankie (Irish Rovers) video
#2583 YouTube video by 0ldirishladdie
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Where hae ya' been grass so fine, me lad?
Where hae ya' been lookin' swanky-o?
Where hae ya' been with me cares, me lad?
Come me by Killicrankie-o.

Ay, if you'd've been where I have been,
Ya wouldn't be so cheery-o;
And if you'd've seen what I have seen,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

I fought at land and I fought at sea,
When swords and pikes were clanking-o;
But I met the devil and Dundee,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

Ay, if you'd've been where I have been,
Ya wouldn't be so cheery-o;
And if you'd've seen what I have seen,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

My count Dundee led the highland clans,
To the sound of the war pipes and chantin'-o;
King Willie's troops, they turned and ran,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

Ay, if you'd've been where I have been,
Ya wouldn't be so cheery-o;
And if you'd've seen what I have seen,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

The bold Dundee fell in the glen,
Down by the river Garry-o;
You'll never see his likes again,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

Ay, if you'd've been where I have been,
Ya wouldn't be so cheery-o;
And if you'd've seen what I have seen,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o.

Ay, if you'd've been where I have been,
Ya wouldn't be so cheery-o;
And if you'd've seen what I have seen,
On the Braes of Killicrankie-o!

####.... Variant of four distinct folk songs originally from Scotland. ....####
The lyrics and video above are from a 1995 CD by The Irish Rovers (Celtic Collection:The Next Thirty Years, trk#11, Rover Records).

See more Irish Rovers songs.

The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought in 1689, as part of the Jacobite rebellion. James Hogg made a collection of songs relating to the battles and campaigns. It was published as Jacobite Reliques in 1819. Hogg lists the original of this song simply as "Killiecrankie" (#19 Page 32).

From Oxford Dictionaries:
Braes - steep banks or hillsides; high grounds, elevations.




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