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The Lass o Glenshee

from Pendulum by Gillian Frame

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9. LASS O GLENSHEE TRAD. ARR. FRAME / VASS
I sang this song at Lorient Festival with our family band in 1995. I had learned it from Altan’s Horse with a Heart album. This version is a combination of some archive recordings I found on the fantastic Tobar and Dulchais website.

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Lass o Glenshee

A fine summer day, when the heather was blooming,
And the silent hills hummed wi' the honey-lade bee,
I met a fair maid as I hameward was roaming,
A-herding' her sheep on the hills o Glenshee.

I kissed and caressed her, and said, "My dear lassie,
If you will but gang to St. Johnstone wi' me
There's nane o' the fair shall set foot on the causeway
Wi' clothing mair fine than the lass o' Glenshee.

"A carriage o' pleasure ye shall hae to ride in,
And folks shall say 'madam' when they speak to thee:
An' servant ye'll hae for to beck at your biddin',
I'll make you my lady, sweet lass o' Glenshee."

"Oh mock nae me, sir, wi' your carriage to ride in,
Nor think that your grandeur I value a flea:
I would think mysel' blessed in a coatie o' plaidin',
Wi' an innocent herd on the hills o' Glenshee."

Oh. leave me, sweet lad, for I am sure I would blunder.
An' set a' the gentry a-laughin' at me:
They are book-taught ill manners. baith auld and young yonder
A thing we ken nocht o' up here in Glenshee

Dinna think o' such stories, but come up behind me.
Ere Phoebus gae round my sweet bride you shall be
This night, in my arms, I'1l dote on you kindly:
She smiled, she consented. I took her wi me.

Now years hae gane by since we buskit the gither.
And seasons hae changed, but nae change is wi` me,
She's ever as gay as the fine summer weather.
When the sun's at its height on the hills o' Glenshee

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from Pendulum, released February 2, 2016
Gillian Frame- Vocals, Fiddle
Mike Vass- Tenor Guitar, Vocals
Anna Massie- Guitar
Euan Burton- Bass

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Gillian Frame Glasgow, UK

Gillian is a Scottish fiddle player. She has worked with many acts and was a founding member of Back of the Moon with whom she toured for seven years, seeing them win various accolades including Best Up and Coming Act then Best Folk Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music from the RCS and was the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year in 2001. ... more

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