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Bogie's Banks and Bogie's Braes

[ Roud 6023 ; G/D 3:547 ; Ballad Index GrD3547 ; trad.]

Shona Donaldson sang her own song Bogie's Banks and Braes, “inspired by a line from the traditional song Bogie's Banks and Bogie's Braes”, on her 2010 album Short Nichts and Lang Kisses.

The Spiers Family sang Bogie's Banks and Bogie's Braes in ca 2012 on their album Plenty Brass and a Bonny Lass. They noted:

Maggie [Spiers] sings this lovely little song which recounts memories of youth, love and contentment. It is normally sung to the tune Corn Riggs, but Tom [Spiers] set it to Logan Banks which we feel suits it better.

Lyrics

The Spiers Family sing Bogie's Banks and Bogie's Braes

I hae a housie o my ain
It has a kist in but and ben
An mair nor aa the world kens
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.

Chorus (after each verse):
Bogie’s banks and bogie’s braes
Bogie’s haughs for bleaching claes
Bogie’s banks far lamies play
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.

I hae a grannie in the neuk
Whiles at her wheel, whiles at her book
I hae a coo, a hen and a duke
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.

I hae a laddie leel an true
A strappin cheel wi een o blue
There’s never better brushed the dew
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.

Fae Craig tae Huntly weel I ken
I’ll twist an twine on haugh an glen
I learnt every step and stane
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.

Faan I am deid jist lay me doon
Faar Bogie’s waters sweetly croon
In yon kirkyard I will sleep soond
On the bonnie banks o the Bogie.