Lowlands of Holland

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Brían found the lyrics of this song in a book called The Legendary Ballads of England and Scotland, and adapted and arranged this version of the song to his interpretation of the melody. This is a popular traditional song in Ireland and Britain, particularly in the North of Ireland and Scotland, and versions of the lyrics and melody vary greatly across the islands. These lyrics have been chopped and changed a little from the original, and the melody is inspired by the version sung by Paddy Tunney from Donegal/Fermanagh.


The love that I have chosen, I’ll therewith be content
The salt sea shall be frozen before that I repent
Repent it shall I never, until the day I die
For the Lowlands of Holland have twined my love and I

My love lies in the salt sea and I am on the side
Enough to break a young thing’s heart, wha lately was a bride
Wha lately was a bonny bride and pleasure in her eye
For the Lowlands of Holland have twined my love and I

My love he built a bonny ship and set her on the sea
With seven score good mariners for to bear her company
But the weary winds began to rise and the seas began to rout
And my love then and his bonny ship turned withershins about

There shall neither coif come on my head nor comb come through my hair
There shall neither coal nor candle-light shine in my bower mair
Nor will I love another one until the day I die
For the high winds and stormy seas have twined my love and I

Oh hauld your tongue my daughter dear, be still and be content
There are mair lads in Galloway, ye need na sair lament
Oh there is nane in Galloway, there’s nane at a’ for me
For I never loved a love but one, and he’s drowned in the sea

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from Ye Vagabonds, released October 13, 2017

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Ye Vagabonds Dublin, Ireland

Ye Vagabonds are brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn. They grew up in rural Carlow but moved to Dublin in 2012 and became known on the traditional Irish, blues and folk scenes in the city, playing folk songs as well as their own original material. Their blend of harmonic folk music is influenced by traditional Irish and European music, American old time, and the music of the 1960s folk revival. ... more

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