"It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song,

but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.

For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years,

and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.�

Wild Mountain Thyme         

Oh, the summer time is coming
And the trees are blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

Will you go, lassie, will you go?
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather,
Will you go, lassie, go?

I will build my love a bower
By yon clear and crystal fountain,
And all around the bower,
I'll pile flowers from the mountain.

Oh, the summertime is coming
And the trees are blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

 

I will build my love a bower
By yon clear and crystal fountain,
And all around the bower,
I'll pile flowers from the mountain.

Oh, the summertime is coming
And the trees are blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

 

 

 

 

The song is an Irish song. William McPeake was from Belfast and as the Ulster Scotch dialect is so close to Scottish its a common mistake to think the song is Scottish.

 It most certainly is not.

Wild Mountain Thyme, also known as Will You Go Lassie, Go, is a folk song, written in 1957 by William McPeake and his son Francis McPeake, natives of Ulster, Ireland. It is often mistakenly believed to be a traditional song, but the copyright is held by E.F.D.S.S. Publications, who published it for McPeake. It was first recorded by Francis McPeake in 1957, and has since been covered by numerous artists. The chorus is:

Will ye go, lassie, go,
And we�ll all go together
To pick wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather,
Will ye go, lassie, go.

The song is commonly described as a variant of "The Braes of Balquhidder" by Robert Tannahill (1774-1810)."The Braes of Balquhidder" which was named after the braes, or hills, of Balquhidder near Lochearnhead, and has similar lyrics and tune. For example, the first two verses of this song are:

Let us go, lassie, go
Tae the braes o' Balquhidder
Where the blaeberries grow
'Mang the bonnie bloomin' heather
Whar the deer and the rae
Lichtly bounding the gither
Sport the lang summer day 
On the braes o' Balquhidder
I will twine thee a bower
By the clear silver fountain
And I'll cover it o'er
Wi' the flowers o' the mountain
I will range through the wilds
And the deep glens sae dreary
And return wi' their spoils
To the bower o' my dearie

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