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Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes Second Set
TUNE: Ca' the Yowes (Drive the Ewes)

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Ca' The Yowes To The Knowes

Chorus
Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
Ca' them where the heather grows,
Ca' them where the burnie rowes,
My bonie dearie.
1.
Hark, the mavis' e'ening sang
Sounding Clouden's woods amang,
Then a-faulding let us gang,
My bonie dearie.

(Note:- a-faulding, a-folding is the action
of driving the sheep into the fold or sheep-pen)

2.
We'll gae down by Clouden side,
Thro' the hazels, spreading wide
O'er the waves that sweetly glide
To the moon sae clearly.
3.
Yonder Clouden's silent towers,
Where, at moonshine's midnight hours,
O'er the dewy bending flowers
Fairies dance sae cheery.
4.
Ghaist nor bogle shalt thou fear -
Thou'rt to Love and Heav'n sae dear
Nocht of ill may come thee near,
My bonie dearie.
5.
Fair and lovely as thou art,
Thou hast stown my very heart;
I can die - but canna part,
My bonie dearie.

Drive The Ewes To The Knolls

Chorus
Drive the ewes to the knolls,
Drive them where the heather grows,
Drive them where the streamlet runs,
My lovely dear.

Hark, the mavis' (song-thrush') evening song
Sounding Clouden's woods among,
Then a-folding let us go,
My lovely dear.





We will go down by Clouden side,
Through the hazels, spreading wide
Over the waves that sweetly glide
To the moon so clearly.

Yonder Clouden's silent towers,
Where, at moonshine's midnight hours,
Over the dewy bending flowers
Fairies dance so cheery.

Ghost nor hobgoblin shall you fear -
You are to Love and Heaven so dear
Nothing of ill may come you near,
My lovely dear.

Fair and lovely as you are,
You have stolen my very heart;
I can die - but cannot part,
My lovely dear.

 

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