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Highland Laddie, Highland Lassie
(Robert Burns)

The Lawland Lads think they are fine
But oh they’re vain and idle gaudy
How much unlike the graceful mein
And manly looks o’ my Highland Laddie

If I were free at will to choose
To be the wealthiest Lawland Lady
I’d tak’ young Donald without trews
Wi’ bonnet blue and Highland plaidie

Oh my bonnie bonnie Highland Laddie
Oh my bonnie bonnie Highland Laddie
When I was sick and like to die
He rowed me in his Highland plaidie


O’er Bently Hill wi’ him I’ll run
And leave my Lawland kin and daddy
Frae winters chill and summers sun
He’ll screen me in his Highland plaidie

A painted room, a silken bed
Maun please a Lawland Lord and Lady
But I could kiss and be as glad
Behind a bush in his Highland plaidie

Nae greater joy I’ll ever pretend
Than that his love prove true and steady
Like mine to him, which ne'er shall end
While heaven preserves my Highland Laddie

Oh my bonnie bonnie Highland Laddie
Oh my bonnie bonnie Highland Laddie
When I was sick and like to die
He rowed me in his Highland plaidie

Highland Dancing

Highland Laddie (Hielan' Laddie) is the current name of an old Scottish tune If Thou'lt Play Me Fair Play. Many songs have been attached to that air, particularly Robert Burns' poem Highland Laddie, Highland Lassie.
In 1881, it was supposed to be the regimental march (Quick March) for all the British Highland Regiments.
It is always the main march for many regiments in the UK, Canada, etc.
The two parts score has got a few variations that can lead to a eight parts tune.

Highland Laddie is also the name of a Scottish Highland dance, with the same melody and with dancers exceptionnaly wearing kilts…

Highland Laddie

- score written by Éric Mac Lewis with CelticPipes

Scottish bagpipe tunes

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