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Laird o' Logie Listen, good people, to my tale Listen to what I tell to thee The King has ta'en a poor prisoner The wanton Laird o' Ochiltree When news of it cam' tae the Queen She sighed and said richt mournfully O, wit will come o' Lady Margret Wha bears sic love for Ochiltree The Queen she's gane intil the King And louted low doon til her knee I never asked a boon but noo O, spare the life o Ochiltree Gin ye had asked for hoose or land I'd freely gie them a' to thee But all the gowd in fair Scotland Winna buy the life o' Ochiltree The Queen she tripped doon the stair And doon she gaed richt mournfully A' the gowd in fair Scotland Winna buy the life o' Ochiltree Lady Margret tore her yellow hair And aye the saut tear blinded her e'e I'll tak' a knife and end my life And lie in the ground wi' Ochiltree O na, na, na, then, said the Queen O haud your tongue, this maunna be I'll set ye on a better way To free the Laird o' Ochiltree The Queen she slippit up the stair And up she gaed richt privilie And she has stolen the prison keys And lowsed the Laird o' Ochiltree She's gi'en to him a purse o' gawd And anither o' the white money She's gi'en him twa pistols by his side Says, Fire them baith when ye gang free When he cam' tae the Queen's window Whaten a joyfu' cry gi'ed he He's fired the pistols and he's awa' The wanton Laird o' Ochiltree The King he rose up in his bed O, wha is this has waukened me I'll pledge my lands and a' my rents It's the wanton Laird o' Ochiltree Then ca' to me my jailers a' Ca' them by thirty and by three I swear that e'er the clock strikes twal' That hangit high they a' shall be O na, na, na, then cried the Queen Na, na, na, that canna be Gin ye maun tae hang them a' Ye maun, my love, begin wi' me The tane was shippit at the pier o' Leith Lady Margret at the Queen's ferry And she's gotten a faither tae her bairn The wanton Laird o' Ochiltree Child #182 In 1592, Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell, along with Wemyss of Logie were condemned to die for attempting to kidnap King James VI. Logie was set free by his Danish mistress, a Lady in Waiting to the Queen. Logie is replaced by Ochiltree here. recorded by MacColl and Seeger on Blood and Roses 3 SOF
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