Songs by Robert Burns

Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars song book

The gloomy night is gath'ring fast

      Am              F        E
The gloomy night is gath'ring fast,
      Am                F        E
Loud roars the wild, inconstant blast,
     F      E        Am       E
Yon murky cloud is foul with rain,
  Am   E  Am   E  Am   E    Am
I see it driving o'er the plain;
      Am             F       E
The hunter now has left the moor,
      Am              F      E
The scatt'red coveys meet secure;
       F       E      Am        E
While here I wander prest with care,
  Am   E  Am   E  Am   E   Am
Along the lonely banks of Ayr.

Farewell, old Coila's hills and dales,
Her heathy moors and winding vales;
The scenes where wretched Fancy roves,
Pursuing past unhappy loves!
Farewell, my friends! Farewell, my foes!
My peace with these, my love with those -
The bursting tears my heart declare,
Farewell, the bonie banks of Ayr!

Coila = Scotland

Arrangement © 2006 Bob Hay (BMI). All Rights Reserved.