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The Lea-Rig

[ Roud 8516 ; Robert Burns]

Davy Steele sang The Lea-Rig in 1990 on his CD Summerlee.

Rod Paterson sang The Lea-Rigg in 1995 on Volume 1 of the Linn Records anthology The Complete Songs of Robert Burns.

Ellen Mitchell sang The Lea-Rig to Rod Stradling in 2000 or 2001. This recording was included in 2001 on her and Kevin Mitchell's Musical Traditions anthology Have a Drop Mair.

The Cast sang The Lea-Rig in 2007 on their Greentrax CD Greengold.

Karine Polwart sang The Lea-Rig in 2007 on her CD Fairest Floo'er.

Lyrics

Karine Polwart sings The Lea-Rig

When o'er the hill the eastern star
Tells bughtin time is near, my jo,
And owsen frae the furrow'd field
Return sae dowf and weary O;
Down by the burn, where birken buds
Wi' dew are hangin clear, my jo,
I'll meet thee on the lea-rig,
My ain kind Dearie O.

At midnight hour, in mirkest glen,
I'd rove, and ne'er be eerie, O,
If thro' that glen I gaed to thee,
My ain kind Dearie O;
Altho' the night were ne'er sae wild,
And I were ne'er sae weary O,
I'll meet thee on the lea-rig,
My ain kind Dearie O.

The hunter lo'es the morning sun;
To rouse the mountain deer, my jo;
At noon the fisher seeks the glen
Adown the burn to steer, my jo:
Gie me the hour o' gloamin' grey,
It maks my heart sae cheery O,
To meet thee on the lea-rig,
My ain kind Dearie O.