MacPherson's Rant

from The Seas Between Us by Sophie Ramsay

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Fareweel, ye dungeons dark and strang
Fareweel, fareweel, said he
MacPherson's time will no' be lang
Alow the gallows tree

Sae rantingly, sae wantonly
Sae dauntingly gaed he
He played a tune and he danced aroon'
Alow the gallows tree

It was by a woman's treacherous hand
That I was condemned tae dee
Aboon a ledge at a windae she stood
And a blanket she threw o'er me

Untie these bands frae aff o' my hands
And gie tae me my sword
There's no a man in a' Scotland
But I'd brave him at his word

It's some come here tae see me hang
And some tae buy my fiddle
But afore that I would part wi' her
I'd brak' her through the middle

He took his fiddle into baith of his hands
And he brak' it o'er a stone
Said, Nae ither hands shall play on thee
When I am deid and gane

Ach, little did my mother think
When first she cradled me
That I would turn a roving boy
And die on the gallows tree

The reprieve it was coming o'er the Brig o' Banff
Tae set MacPherson free
But they put the clock tae a quarter afore
And they hanged him tae the tree


from The Seas Between Us, released September 21, 2016


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Sophie Ramsay sings old and new folk: songs from her native Scotland alongside originals with poetic lyrics. ‘The Glassy Mountain' (2013): ‘undeniably beautiful’ (fRoots), 'Joanna Newsom meets Belle and Sebastian' (R2). ‘The Seas Between Us’ (2016): 'Atmospheric, elegant and beguiling.' (Songlines). ‘Deeply moving’ (fRoots). Sophie tours regularly with cellist singer Sarah Smout. ... more

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