The History of Leith

October 24, 2006

Waes Me for Prince Charlie

The ballad begins: ‘A wee bird cam to our ha’ door, / It warbled sweet and clearly; / And aye the o’ercome o’ its sang, / Was “Waes me for Prince Charlie”!’ A note under the title states that the lyrics should be sung to the famous air, ‘Bonny House o’ Airley’, which was a traditional Jacobite song. The word ‘waes’ means ‘woes’. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet. for more click here

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