Will Ye Go Lassie?
(Wild Mountain Thyme)

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Barry Taylor

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The lyrics are by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) of Paisley. The poem is called The Braes of Balquidder, spelled variously The Braes of Balquheder or Braes o' Balquhidder (pronounced 'Balwhither') which was printed as early as 1742. Tannahill's version first appeared in a collection of songs in Pocket Encyclopedia of Scotch, English, and Irish Songs, II 1818. The song had circulated prior to that in magazines. Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

I will build my love a tower
Near yon' pure crystal fountain
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain
Will ye go, Lassie go?
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
Where wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

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