The Paisley Officer, song

Packie Lynch, singing in English
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Sure it’s blithe and bonny Scotland where blue bells they do grow
There dwelt a maiden fresh and fair in yonder valley low
She was herding sheep the whole day long down by the banks of Clyde
Although her lot in life was low she was called the village pride

A young officer from Paisley town came out to fowl one day
And he wandered by yon lonesome spot where Mary’s cottage lay
So he came that way twice every day it’s to Mary a visit paid
And with his fair face and flattering tongue he won the heart of that fair maid

So he came one day to Mary and this to her did say
He says Mary dearest Mary it’s out to India we must go
Our regiment’s got to go that route and we to duties must yield
so we must forsake these lowland glens for India’s burning field

She says Edmund dear Edmund sure from you I will not part
You may take me for your wedded wife you know you’ve won my heart
So he brought her up to Paisley town and much the wander there
All for to see this young recruit that looked so fresh and fair

The young ladies they all admired her as she marched in her parade
Although they thought a soldiers cloak would conceal so fair a young maid
So it’s now this young couple have crossed over the seas all to a foreign land
No tongue can tell what Mary endured away on India’s burning sand

For to see him in the wars cut down by a bullet that pierced his heart
And as she stood to heal his wounds a sword went through her heart
See how this young couple they have loved in life and in death they loved the same
See how their blood does gently flow mixed up in one red stream

see also   The Paisley officer / Frank McKenna