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Will Ye Go Lassie? (Wild Mountain Thyme)

Robert Tannahill (1774-1810) of Paisley wrote the lyrics for this song in the form of a poem called The Braes of Balquidder, which first appeared in print in 1742. Tannahill's version first appeared in a collection of songs in Pocket Encyclopedia of Scotch, English, and Irish Songs, II of 1818. The song had circulated prior to that in magazines.

Will Ye Go Lassie?

Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather

Will ye go, Lassie go?
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

I will build my love a tower
Near yon' pure crystal fountain
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain


If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
Where wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather


I first heard this song in Teach Biddy's in Glencolmcille, Ireland in 2004.

This song can be heard on the following albums:


Videos of this song by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, and Poacher

Different versions of this song

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