Rowan Tree

Sung by Jim Reid on Jim Reid: I Saw the Wild Geese Flee
Words and music arranged by Jim Reid/Springthyme Music © 1984

Undoubtedly one of the most popular songs among the older generation, a song to bring tears to the eye of many a Scot when far away on a foreign shore. Composed in the 1800s by Carolina Oliphant, also known as Lady Nairne.

Oh rowan tree, oh rowan tree
Ye'll aye be dear tae me,
Entwined ye are wi mony ties
O hame and infancy;
Yer leaves were aye the first o spring
Yer flooers the simmer's pride,
There wisna sic a bonny tree
In aa the countryside.

Sae fair ye were in simmer time
Wi aa yer clusters white, an gay yer autumn dress
Wi berries red and bright;
And on yer trunk were mony names
Wha now nae mair I see,
But there engraved upon ma hert
Forgotten ne'er tae be.

We sat alow yer spreadin shade
While bairnies roun did rin,
And pu'd the bonnie berries reid
Their necklaces tae string;
Ma mither dear, I see her still,
She smiled oor sports tae see,
Wi little Jeanie on her lap
And Jamie at her knee.
Noo aa are gane, we meet nae mair
Alow the Rowan Tree.

c p 1984, 2009 Springthyme Records