Caledonia jig

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Caledonia has been added to 3 tune sets.

Caledonia has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Caledonia
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FS|Bd/c/ B/A/ BFF|Fdc dFF|Bd/c/ B/A/ BFd|EFA B2F|
Bd/c/ B/A/ BFF|Fdc dFF|GA/G/ F/E/ FG/F/ E/D/|EFA B2 d|
|:A/B/dd d2A|d/c/d/e/ f/g/ afd|ga/g/ f/e/ fdB|AFA [1 B2 d:|2 B2"D.S."F||

Four comments


Their groves o’ sweet myrtles, let foreign lands reckon,
Where bright beaming summers exhale their perfume;
Far dearer to me you lone glen of green brecken,
Wi’ the burn stealning under the lang yellow broom.
Far dearer to me yon humble bromm bowers,
Where the bluebell and gown lurk lowly unseen;
For there lightly tripping, amang the wild flowers,
Alist’ning the linnet, aft wanders my Jean.

Tho’ rich is the breeze, in their gay sunny valleys,
And cauld Caledonia’s blast on the wave;
Their sweet-scented woodlands that skirt the proud palace,
What are they? – the haunt o’ the tyrant and slave!
The slave’s spicy forests, and gold-bubbling fountains,
The brave Caledonian views wi’ disdain:
He wanders as free as the wind on his mountains,
Save love’s willing fetters – the cains o’ his Jean.

From “The Caledonian Musical Repository”, published 1811.

Re: Caledonia

Apparently I can’t edit and correct a comment, so I will add another one: I noticed a misspelling I made on the 5th line of the first verse; it’s not “bromm” but “broom”.

Re: Caledonia

The second part is from Carolans “Thomas Lexlip The Proud”