My Heart's in the Highlands

DESCRIPTION: The singer bids farewell to the highlands mountains, valleys, forests, and rivers, and recalls "chasing the wild deer and following the roe My heart's in the highlands where ever I go"
AUTHOR: Words: Robert Burns
EARLIEST DATE: 1790 (according to Kinsley, _Burns_)
KEYWORDS: homesickness farewell travel nonballad animal hunting
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
GreigDuncan3 521, "My Heart's in the Highlands" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: James Kinsley, editor, _Burns: Complete Poems and Songs_ (shorter edition, Oxford, 1969) #418, pp. 418-419, "My heart's in the Highlands" (1 text, 1 tune, from 1790)
James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume III, #259, p. 268, "My heart's in the Highlands" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST GrD3521 (Partial)
Roud #5878
cf. "Failte na miosg" (tune, per Burns)
NOTES [61 words]: Although Robert Burns specified a tune for this, it doesn't seem to have stopped others from supplying their own. Jon W. Finson, The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 280, says that Henry Russell in 1837 produced a setting modified from another setting from that year by Henry Phillips. - RBW
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