Lochinvar

Lyrics: John Dawson
Music: John Dawson

Someday soon I'll come by
Riding from behind the hill
I'm gonna have a big white horse
Swear to god I will
Gonna have a big black hat
Gonna have my bedroll packed
I'm gonna come a riding up
And knock upon your door

Oh lady, it is such a lovely day
Oh lady, well I just dropped by to say
I'd like to take you with me, would you like to come?
When I go a-riding off into the setting sun

When we both were very small
I asked you would you leave it all
And come and ride away with me
And you said wait and see
Well now we're farther down the line
And dreams should not be left behind
So now I'm asking you one more time
To ride away with me

Oh lady, it is such a lovely day
Oh lady, well I just dropped by to say
I'd like to take you with me, would you like to come?
When I go a-riding off into the setting sun
When I go a-riding off into the setting sun
When we go a-riding off into the setting sun
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
     30 Oct 1971 Glendale Train
      1972 Powerglide
     27 Aug 1972 Live At Veneta, OR
     17 Mar 1973 S.U.N.Y Stonybrook, NY
      4 Apr 1973 Worcester MA
     30 Jul 2006 Live At Turkey Trot

Background
The title comes from Sir Walter Scott's poem "Marmion":
Lady Heron's Song

O, young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword, he weapons had none,
He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

He staid not for brake, and he stopp'd not for stone,
He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.

So boldly he enter'd the Netherby Hall,
Among bride's-men, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all:
Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his sword,
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,)
'O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?'

'I long woo'd your daughter, my suit you denied;
Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide
And now am I come, with this lost love of mine,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far,
That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar.'

The bride kiss'd the goblet: the knight took it up,
He quaff'd off the wine, and he threw down the cup.
She look'd down to blush, and she look'd up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,
'Now tread we a measure!' said young Lochinvar.

So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a galliard did grace;
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume,
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
And the bride-maidens whisper'd, ''Twere better by far,
To have match'd our fair cousin with young Lochinvar.'

One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
When they reach'd the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
350 So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
'She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
They'll have fleet steeds that follow,' quoth young Lochinvar.

There was mounting 'mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
There was racing and chasing, on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see.
So daring in love, and so dauntless in war,
Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

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