The Battle of Harlaw

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Here’s an old one from Scotland to get you going. It tells the story of the extremely bloody Battle of Harlaw (1411). There are many versions out there. This is from the Old Blind Dogs.

The Battle of Harlaw

As I cam’ in by Dunideer and doon by Nether Ha’
There were fifty thoosand’ heilan’ men a-marchin’ tae Harlaw

Chorus (after each verse):
Wi’ a diddy aye o’ an’ a fal an’ doe
And a diddy aye o’ aye ay

As I gaed on an’ farther on and doon an’ by Balquhain
Oh it’s there I saw Sir James the Rose and wi’ him John the Graeme

“It’s cam’ ye fae the Heilan’s man, cam’ ye a’ the wey?
Saw ye MacDonald and his men as they cam’ in fae Skye?”

“It’s I was near and near eneuch that I their numbers saw
There was fifty thoosan’ heilan’ men a-marchin’ tae Harlaw”

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