These Are My Mountains

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'These Are My Mountains' is an old Scottish folk song that was sung at the Greenlaw 250 celebration in 2003 and speaks of coming home to find your roots.

These Are My Mountains
For fame and for fortune,
I wandered the earth,
And now I've come back to
The land of my birth.
I've brought back my treasures,
But only to find,
They're less than the pleasures
I first left behind.

For these are my mountains
And this is my glen
The braes of my childhood,
Will know me again
No land's ever claimed me,
Tho' far I did roam
For these are my mountains
And I'm going home.
The burn by the road sings,
At my going by
The whaup averhead head wings
With welcoming cry
The loch were the scart flies
At last I can see
It's here where my heart lies
It's here I'll be free

Kind faces will greet me
And welcome me in
And how they will greet me
My ain kith and kin
This night round the ingle
Old sangs will be sung
At last I'll be hearing
My ain mother tongue

Meaning of unusual words:
whaup=curlew (type of bird); scart=comorant; kith & kin=relations; ingle=open hearth

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The Greenlaw Family Association was founded in 2004 as a result of ongoing interest evolving out of the bi-sesquicentennial celebrations held in Brunswick, Maine, in August of 2003, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Greenlaw and their children in America in 1753 after having left their native Scotland.

The Greenlaw Family Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer association dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Greenlaw Family heritage.

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