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Lyrics - The Bonnie Maid of Fife

One evening fair I took the air
Down by the River Forth
To take my ease and to watch the geese
Fly in squadrons from the north
And there I spied all on the tide,
I knew in all my life
I had never seen such a gentle queen
As the bonny maid of Fife

Her eyes were like some summer fair
In autumns' wisdoms stored
A man could find more treasure there
Than in any pirates' hoard
Her smile so free, as rich as the sea
Pierced my heart like any knife
As she skipped and she danced all along the sand
The bonny maid of Fife

And as she danced she sang a tune
Of a hue both sweet and sad
Its gentle tones could charm the stones
Or captivate of any lad
The birds began to tune their voices
And set the sky alight
But their notes were shrill beside the trill
Of the bonnie maid of Fife

And I have been a traveller bold
Far off from Scotland's gate
To Holland and to Norway
I've plied a roving trade
I've seen fair maids in London town
I've lived a freeman’s life
But my heart's full swell
Is in the spell of the bonnie maid of Fife

The Bonnie Maid of Fife
© Nick Keir MCPS/PRS
From album - 'Scottish Songs' (CWGR 092)

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