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Caledonia, song / Charlie McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English

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Neillie Burns is my name near Glasgow I was born
My home and inhabitation I now must leave in scorn
My home my inhabitations I now must gang awa'
Far fae those hills and bonnie dales of Caledonia.

It being on a Monday morning just at the break of day
The turnkey came up to us those words I heard him say
'Rise up you heartless convicts rise up you one and all
This is the day when you must stray from Caledonia.

We all arose put on our clothes everyone’s heart being filled with grief
Our friends they gathered around the coach could grant us no relief
Our friends they gathered around the coach their hearts did break in twa
To see us leave those hills and dales of Caledonia.

Now farewell unto my mother I am vexed for what I’ve done
And I hope that no one will cast to her the race that I have run
I hope she will be provided for when I am far awa
Far fae those hills and bonny dales of Caledonia.

Farewell unto my father sure we were the best of men
And likewise unto my own sweeetheart my Kathleen of the Glen
The next place that we’ll meet again I hope it will be above
Where hallelujah will be sung there’ll be no jails above
There’ll be no earthily judges but one who rules us all
He’ll make them repent for those they sent from Caledonia.

Caledonia, song / Charlie McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:706-NC-V8
Main Performer: Charlie McGonigle (James Eoghain)
Title:Caledonia [videorecording] / Charlie McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
Section:Videos
Language:English
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Format:Video
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Rusty Nail Bar, Clonmany, Co Donegal
Recording Date:25 March 2001
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 4 min. 44 sec.) :digital, stereo
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Roud Number:600

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