On Springthyme SPRCD 1029
Billy Ross & John Martin - Braes of Lochiel

Billy Ross: vocal, dulcimer; John Martin: fiddle, mandolin, bodhran

A song from the North-east bothy ballad tradition. We heard the song from an old friend Alec Jack from Tore in the Black Isle. Billy added a third verse and adapted the tune.

1: When the horse are in the stable and the kye are in the byre,
And the hard days work is over and old folks round the fire;
I'll gang skippin o'er the heather tae yon fairm ahint the hill,
Aa tae meet my bonnie lassie at the auld meal mill.

She's got een like bramble berries and cheeks like mountain haughs,
She's got lips as red as cherries she's the fairest flooer that blaws;
And I'm weary for the lowsin and I lang tae quit the drill,
Then it's aff tae meet my lassie at the auld meal mill.

2: Well the auld folks aftimes wonder just what keeps me oot sae late,
And they never gang tae sleep until they hear me sneck the gate;
But the old man he jalouses when he sees me tak the hill,
That I'm aft tae meet my lassie at the old meal mill.

3: Well I've traivelled this hale world over from Tain tae Balintore,
And its always I'm returning tae this lassie I adore;
For she's maybe no sae fancy but she kens with richt guid will,
There's the finest of all pleasures in the auld meal mill.

blaws - blossoms; jalouses - suspects; lowsin - time to stop work
Traditional Arrranged by Billy Ross
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