(2018 – Lyrics copied out into diary. I remember vividly the first time I ever heard this old Scottish song. A dear friend broke into song in the pub one night, I had had no idea, at that time, that she had such a beautiful singing voice! The whole pub fell silent.
I got the lyrics and tried to learn it, but soon found that it is an incredibly testing song to sing, using a big range. I can do a passable version, but nothing like her! Tragically that dear friend is no longer with us, taken by pancreatic cancer, unexpectedly and swiftly, leaving both a loving partner, children and young grand children behind her….she had all to live for. You are missed M. x)
The Queen of all Argyll
Gentlemen it is my duty
To inform you of one beauty,
Tho I’d ask of you a favor not to seek her for a while.
I own she is a creature of character and feature
No words can paint the picture of the Queen of all Argyll.
And if you could have seen her
Boys if you had just been there
The swan was in her movements
And the morning in her smile.
All the roses of the garden bow and beg her pardon
For none can match the beauty of the queen of all Argyll.
On the evening that I mentioned
I passed with light intention
Through a part of our dear country
Known for beauty and for style
In a place of noble thinkers
Of scholars and great drinkers
But above them all in splendor
Shone the queen of all Argyll.
So my lads I needs must leave you.
My intention’s not to grieve you,
Nor indeed would I deceive you,
I’ll see you in a while.
I must find some way to go to her.
Court her and to claim her.
I fear my heart’s in danger from the queen of all Argyll.