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Nancy McCallion: Lyrics

Clyde's Bonny Banks

Clyde's Bonny Banks
By Clyde's bonny banks as I sadly did wander
Among the pit heaps as the evening drew nigh
I spied a fair maiden all dressed in deep mourning
She was weeping and wailing with many a sigh
I stepped up beside her and thus I addressed her
“Pray tell me fair maid of your sorrow and pain”
Sobbing and sighing at last she did answer
“Johnny Murphy kind sir was my true lover's name”
Twenty-one years of age full of youth and good looking
To work in the mines of High Blantyre he came
The wedding was set all the guests were invited
On a calm summer's evening, my Johnny was slain
The explosion was heard all the women and children
With pale anxious faces they ran to the mine
When the new was made know all the hills rang with mourning
Three hundred and ten young miners were slain
Now fathers and wives and sweethearts and daughters
The Blantyre explosion you ne'r will forget
And all you young miners who hear my sad story
Remember your comrades who lie at their rest.
From Take a Picture of Me by Nancy McCallion