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It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King

This song is by Dougie MacLean and appears on the album Craigie Dhu (1983).

It was a' for our rightfu' king
We left fair Scotland's strand
It was a' for our rightfu' king
That we e'er saw Irish land my dear
We e'er saw Irish land

Now a' is done that men can do
And a' is done in vain
My love my native land farewell
For I maun cross the main my dear
For I maun cross the main

He turned him right an' round about
Upon the Irish shore
An' ga'e his bridle reins a shake
With adieu for evermore my dear
With adieu for evermore

The sodger frae the wars returns
The sailor frae the main
But I ha'e parted frae my love
Never to meet again my dear
Never to meet again

When day is gone an' night is come
An' a' folk bound to sleep
I think on him that's far awa'
The lee lang night and weep my dear
The lee lang night and weep