Will Ye No' Come Back Again?

by Lady Caroline Nairne

This song and tune was written by Lady Caroline Nairne (nee Oliphant)(1766-1845) to commemorate the raising of Prince Charles' banner at Glenfinnan on 19 August 1745. She came from a loyal Jacobite family and the Prince had actually visited her home in Perthshire. Of course it was long after her death that the song became famous.

Bonnie Chairlie's noo awa',
Safely ower the friendly main;
Mony a heart will break in twa',
Should he ne'er come back again.

Will ye no' come back again?
Will ye no' come back again?
Better lo'ed ye canna be,
Will ye no come back again?

Ye trusted in your Hielan' men,
They trusted you dear Chairlie.
They kent your hidin' in the glen,
Death or exile bravin'.

We watched thee in the gloamin' hour,
We watched thee in the mornin' grey.
Tho' thirty thousand pounds they gie,
O there is nane that wad betray.

Sweet the laverock's note and lang,
Liltin' wildly up the glen.
But aye tae me he sings ae sang,
Will ye no' come back again?

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Feb 08, 2009
Love this song
by: Laurie

My Mother was born in Saltcoats. She and my aunt Margaret used to sing this song to us children all the time. I still love it....it makes me want to visit Scotland once more.

Dec 04, 2007
I used to sing this at School!
by: May

Of course during history lessons we learned about the Jacobite Rebellion and Bonnie Prince Charlie - and we sang this song in Music Class. Didn't realise it was written so long ago and the author new the Prince. Somehow makes history more interesting.

Thanks for sharing this.

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