Wild Mountain Thyme

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    Welcome traveller. It’s a beautiful Summer’s day, just right to sit here in this field of corn and listen to the voices of the past...

    These songs (apart from the Green Fields of France and Wild Mountain Thyme) are modern interpretations of classic folk songs. The source of these songs lay with the great folk song collectors such as Cecil Sharp, Francis James Child, and the Copper family. These are songs that were transmitted through word of mouth, songs of the lower classes, music with no known composer.
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Wild Mountain Thyme was first recorded by Francis McPeake in 1957 and is based on an earlier song written by Robert Tannahill (1774-1819) called The Braes of Balquidder. It’s such a moving and rousing song that has become a standard part of my live set. I just had to record it.

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Wild Mountain Thyme
(Traditional)

O the summer time has come
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And wild mountain thyme
Grows around the purple heather.
Will you go, lassie, go?

(Chorus)
And we'll all go together,
To pick wild mountain thyme,
All around the purple heather.
Will you go, lassie, go?

I will build my love a tower,
By yon clear crystal fountain,
And on it I will pile,
All the flowers of the mountain.
Will you go, lassie, go?

I will wander through the wilds
Through this deep land so dreary
And return with the spoils
To the bower o' my dearie.
Will ye go lassie go ?

If my true love she won't come,
Then I'll surely find another,
To pick wild mountain thyme,
All around the blooming heather.
Will you go, lassie, go?

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from Tales from the Crow Man, released October 31, 2009

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Damh the Bard Brighton

Damh the Bard – is a modern-day Bard whose spirituality and love of folk tradition is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic tradition, his performances are both entertaining and educational, speaking directly to the heart, and never without a good splash of humour. ... more

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