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The Winds Begin To Sing Eppie Morrie
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Karan Casey & John Doyle
Appears On: The Winds Begin To Sing
Language: English
Other Versions: "Eppie Morrie" on Sėleas' album Delighted With Harps


Four and twenty Highland men
Came from the Carron side
To steal away Eppie Morrie
'Cause she wouldn't be a bride, a bride
Wouldn't be a bride

Out it came her mother then
It was a moonlit night
She couldn't see her daughter
For the moon, it shone so bright, so bright
The moon, it shone so bright

They've taken Eppie Morrie
And a horse they've bound her on
And they're away to Carron side
As fast as horse could gang, could gang
Fast as horse could gang

And Willie's taken his pistol out
And put it to the minister's breast
Oh marry me, marry me, minister
Or else I'll be your priest, your priest
Else I'll be your priest

Haud away from me, Willie
Haud away from me
There's not a man in all Strathdon
Wedded be by me, by me
Wedded be by me

Then mass was sung and bells were rung
And they're away to bed
And Willie and Eppie Morrie
Oh in one bed they were laid, were laid
One bed they were laid

He's taken the shirt from off his back
And kicked away his shoes
And thrown away the chamber key
And naked he lay down, lay down
Naked he lay down

He kissed her on the lily breast
And held her shoulders twa
But aye, she gat and aye, she spat
And turned to the wa', the wa'
Turned to the wa'

They wrestled there all through the night
Before the break of day
But aye, she gat and aye, she spat
And he could not stretch her spey
Could not stretch her spey


Early in the morning
Before the light of day
In came the maid of Scallater
In gown and shirt alone, alone
Gown and shirt alone

Get up, get up, young woman
And take a drink with me
You might have called me a maiden
I'm as whole as thee, as thee
I'm as whole as thee

Then came young Breadalbane
With a pistol on his side
Oh come away, Eppie Morrie
And I'll make you my bride, my bride
Make you my bride

Go get me a horse, Willie
And get it like a man
And send me back to my mother
A maiden as I came, I came
A maiden as I came

(Chorus 2x)