My Heart's in the Highlands

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My Heart's in the Highlands is a 1789 song and poem by Robert Burns sung to the tune Failte na Miosg.[1]

Text[edit]

1:

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

(Chorus:)

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

2:

Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

(Chorus:)

My heart's in the Highlands ...

Compositions[edit]

My Heart's in the Highlands has been arranged for countertenor (alto) and organ by Arvo Pärt.[2]

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