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Wha'll Be King But Charlie? The news from Moidart came yestreen Will soon gar many fairly For ships of war have just come in And landed Royal Charlie cho: Come through the heather, around him gather You're all the welcomer early Around him cling with all your kin For wha'll be King but Charlie The Highland clans with sword in hand From John o' Groats to Airlie Have to a man declared to stand or fall for Royal Charlie The lowlands all both great and small With many's the Lord and Laird have Declared for Scotia's King and Law And wha'd ye think but Charlie There's ne'er a lass in all the land But vows both late and early The man she'd ne'er give heart nor hand What wouldna' fecht for Charlie Then here's a health to Charlie's cause And be't complete and early His very name our heart's blood warms To arms for Royal Charlie Final Chorus: Come through the heather, aroond him gather Come Ronald, come Donald, come all together Declare him rightful, lawful King For wha'll be King but Charlie Note: as printed in a songbook put out by a Scottish group called The Corries. They call it "News from Moidart" after the first line in the song, but it's the same song. You need to sing it with a heavy Scots accent to get all of the rhymes correct, but here it is. JY JY
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