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MacPherson's Farewell

Fareweel ye dungeons dark and strong
Fareweel, fareweel to thee
MacPherson's song will not be long
Upon the gallows tree.

Sae rantonly, sae wantonly,
Sae dauntingly played he.
He played a tune and he danced a-roon,
Below the gallows tree.

It's little did me mither know
When first she cradled me,
That I would become a rovin' boy
And die on the gallows tree


Untie these bands from off my hands,
An' gae to me my bow,
I've naught to leave my brave Scotland,
But a tune before I go.


There's some come here to see me hang,
And some to steal my fiddle,
But before that I do part with her,
I'll break her through the middle.


He's ta'en his fiddle into both his hands
And breaked her on his knee,
Said when I am gane no ither hands
Shall ever play on thee.


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