Traditional Scottish Songs
- Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea

The words to this song were written by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) from Paisley. His songs have been described as "gentle, artless lyrics set to traditional music." In this song, the melody is by James Barr.

Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea

Thou bonnie wood of Craigielee,
Thou bonnie wood of Craigielee,
Near thee I've spent life's early day,
And won my Mary's heart in thee.

The broom, the brier, the birken bush,
Bloom bonnie on thy flow'ry lea;
And a' the sweets that ane can wish,
Frae Natur's hand are strew'd on thee.


Far ben thy dark green plantin's shade,
The cushat croodles am'rously;
The mavis down thy bughted glade,
Gars echo ring frae ev'ry tree.


When winter blaws in sleety showr's
Frae aff the norlan' hills sae hie,
He lightly skiffs thy bonnie bow'rs,
As laith to harm a flow'r in thee.


Tho' fate should drag me south the line,
Or o'er the wide Atlantic sea,
The happy hours I'll never mind,
That in youth ha'e spent in thee.


Meaning of unusual words:
cushat croodles=wood-pigeon coos
gars=make, compel
skiffs=passes lightly over

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