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Daily Poem – Wild Mountain Thyme

September 15, 2014

 

Oh, the summer time is coming,
And the trees are blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.
Will you go, lassie, will you go?
Chorus:
And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather,
Will you go, lassie, go?
I will build my love a bower
By yon clear and crystal fountain,
And all around the bower,
I’ll pile flowers from the mountain.
Will you go, lassie, will you go?
If my true love, she won’t have me,
I will surely find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather.
Will you go, lassie, will you go?
Oh, the summertime is coming
And the trees are blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.
Will you go, lassie, will you go?

McPeake’s version of the song, published in 1957, closely paraphrases the Tannahill version, which was published posthumously in 1821. Tannahill’s original lyrics include a number of phrases that McPeake carried over into his song, including the lines “Let us go, lassie, go” and “And the wild mountain thyme”.

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