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All the Blue Bonnets
Album: Scotland Remembers the Alamo
The original air of the song All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border, is called "O Dear Mother". The popular song version appeared for the first time in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Monastery, published in 1820. The words were evidently modeled on an old cavalier song beginning "March! March! Pinks of Election" which we find in the first volume of James Hogg's Jacobite Relics of Scotland.  

March, march Ettrick and Teviotdale,
Why, my lads, dinna ye march forward in order?
March! March! Eskdale and Liddesdale,
All the blue bonnets are over the border.

Many a banner spread, flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story
Mount and make ready then, sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for your Queen and the old Scottish glory.


Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing,
Come with the buckler, the lance and the bow.


Trumpets are sounding, war steeds are bounding,
Stand to your arms and march in good order;
England shall many a day, tell of the bloody fray,
When the blue bonnets came over the border.



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