Far frae my hame I wander but still my thoughts return
To my ain folk over yonder in the sheiling by the burn
I see the cosy ingle and the mist abune the brae
And joy and sadness mingle as I list some auld world lay

And it’s oh but I’m longing for my ain folk
Though they be but lowly, puir and plain folk
I am a-far across the sea but my heart will ever be
At hame in dear old Scotland wi’ my ain folk

O’ they’re absent ane they’re telling
The auld folk by the fire:
And I mark the swift tears welling
As the ruddy flame leaps high’r.
How the mither wad caress me were I but by her side:
Now she prays that Heav’n will bless me,
Tho’ the stormy seas divide.

And it’s oh but I’m longing for my ain folk
Though they be but lowly, puir and plain folk
I am a-far across the sea but my heart will ever be
At hame in dear old Scotland wi’ my ain folk



Sung by Sydney MacEwan
(the quality of this recording is a bit scratchy)


Sung by Kenneth McKellar


Sung by Peter Mallan


Sung by John McDermott




Notes by Andrew Guild:
“My Ain Folk”, a popular Scottish song, was written by Wilfred Mills (William Alfred Braund), an Englishman (who had apparently never even been to Scotland).

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