STAN ROGERS


Scarborough Settlers Lament Lyrics

SCARBOROUGH SETTLER'S LAMENT
Away wi' Canada's muddy creeks
And Canada's fields of pine
Your land of wheat is a goodly land,
But oh, it is not mine
The heathy hill, the grassy date.
The daisy spangled lea, the purling burn and craggy linn, auld
Scotland's glens give me.
Oh, I would like to hear again the lark on Tinny's hill
And see the wee bit gowany that blooms beside the rill.
Like banished Swiss who view afar his Alps with longing e'e.
I gaze upon the morning star that shines on my country.
No more I'll win by Eskdale glen or Pentland's craggy comb.
The days can ne'er come back again of thirty years that's gone,
But fancy oft at midnight hour will steal across the sea.
And yestereve, in a pleasant dream, I saw the old country.
Each well-known scene that met my view brought childhood's joys
to mind.
The blackbird sang on Tushey linn the song he sang, 'lang syne.'
But like a dream time flies away, again, the morning came.
And I awoke in Canada, three thousand miles frae hame.
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Whether the Scarborough referred to is the one in the British
Isles or the wasteland near Toronto (known locally as Scarberia)
we don't know.
Author unknown.
Recorded by Stan Rogers in 1982 on For the Family, Folk
Tradition, R002.
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Meaning to "Scarborough Settlers Lament" song lyrics (2 meanings)
John Boyle 07/12/14,05:46
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The Scarborough referred to is the one in Canada, where many scots ended following the Higland Clearances, as to the other Scarborough in the British isles , where I now live, that's the one referred to in the song Scarborough fair.
nita 12/06/11,16:43
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It combines intense homesickness with that sense of loss that one can never recover a life willingly left behind.
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