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Loch Lomond

Like ‘Annie Laurie’ and ‘On Ilkley Moor Baht ’At’ in Year 4, this song uses dialect. Rules in dialect are sometimes different from standard English, but you can usually guess the meaning from the sound. Brae is a hillside, but can you work out the meaning of gloamin’?

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By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes,
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond,
Where me and my true love were ever wont tae gae,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Oh ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye;
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

I mind where we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond.
Where in soft purple hue the Highland hills we view,
And the moon comin’ out in the gloamin’.


This song is adapted from page 196 of What Your Year 5 Child Needs to Know.

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