WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

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WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
“Wild Mountain Thyme” also known as “Will You Go Lassie, Go”, is based on a
traditional Scottish folk song. It was first recorded by Francis McPeake, a native of
Ulster, Ireland, in 1957. This is an elegant variant of a Scottish song by Robert Tannahill ,
“The Braes of Balquidder.” The senior member of the McPeake family of Belfast, Francis
I, wrote this version (the tune is markedly different from Tannahill’s) and dedicated it to
his first wife. Long after she died, he married again and his son, Francis II, wrote an extra
verse to celebrate the marriage.
Oh, the summertime is comin’,
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Chorus
Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?
And we’ll all go together to pick wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather.
Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?
I will build my love a bower
By yon pure crystal fountain
And around it I will place
All the flowers of the mountain.
Chorus…
If my true love e’er should leave me
I would surely find another
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.
Chorus…
Oh, the autumn-time is comin’,
And the leaves are gently falling,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Chorus…
And an extra verse if you’re looking for a happy ending:
Now our daughter’s grown up fine
And a suitor comes a callin’
I can see it in her eyes
It’s a true love that’s blooming