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The Dark Tale of Bonnie 'Loch Lomond'

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Leslie Howard

Pianist Leslie Howard tells the story of "Loch Lomond," a bonny song about a sad chapter in Scottish history. hide caption

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Lyrics to "Loch Lomond"

By yon bonnie banks, and by yon bonnie braes

Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond

There me and my true love spent mony happy days

On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

Chorus

Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road

And I'll be in Scotland before ye

But trouble it is there, and mony hearts are sair

On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

Verse Two

'Twas there that we parted in yon bonnie glen

On the steep, steep side o' Ben Lomond

Where in purple hue the Highland hills we view

And the moon glints out in the gloamin'.

Verse Three

There the wild flowers spring and the wee birdies sing

And in sunshine the waters are sleepin'

But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again

Though resigned we may be while we're greetin'.

"You take the high road and I'll take the low road..." We can all sing along to "Loch Lomond," the old Scottish tune. But for the series "What's in a Song," pianist Leslie Howard notes that the seemingly innocent tune was actually inspired by a dark chapter in Scottish history.

The What's in a Song series is produced by Taki Telonidis and Hal Cannon.

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