Ae Fond Kiss


The final track is a well known Robert Burns song.  My favorite recording of this song is by Dochas.  I believe Julie Fowlis is the singer on this track.  Both the group and the individual are worth looking up.  Their recording never ever fails to bring tears to my eyes.  Just look at the words in the last two verses.  Of all the loves we leave behind, to be able to be grateful for the broken heart and wish the other a fare thee well....  That's just beautiful. 

EJ Jones made a special small pipe chanter just for this song.  I wanted to sing it in B which is not a friendly traditional instrument key.  Being a bagpipe maker and music lover, he accepted the challenge without one word of hesitation.  I think it was worth it.

Ae fond kiss and then we sever

Ae fareweel, alas, forever

Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee

Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee


Who shall say that fortune grieves him

While the star of hope she leaves him?

Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me

Dark despair around benights me


I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy

Naethin' could resist my Nancy

But to see her was to love her

Love but her and love forever


Had we never loved sae kindly

Had we never loved sae blindly

Never met nor never parted

We would never be broken-hearted


Fare thee well, thou first and fairest

Fare thee well, thou best and dearest

Thine be ilka joy and treasure

Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure

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