My Heart's In The Highlands


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. 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. 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. 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.

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HRH The Prince of Wales

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1789 and is read here by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Themes for this song

nature regret

Locations for this song

Balmoral

Selected for 13 June

The crofters were given half an hour to remove their belongings before their houses were burned to the ground… Thus, on a very unlucky 13th of June, 1814 commenced the infamous Strathnaver clearances in Sutherland. More money could be got from the raising of sheep than the raising of families and crops, so the people went, or were sent, to Canada and other places in the ‘New’ World. Manys a heart remained in the Highlands, however, and although Burns wrote this song before the Clearances began in earnest, its air of nostalgic yearning will have been familiar to all those harried out of their Highland homes.

Donny O'Rourke

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