Loch Lomond Lyrics &
Sheet Music

Loch Lomond lyrics and sheet music, now with an early intermediate piano arrangement for your music students.  

Several different arrangements

Several keys to choose from... guitar tabs, lead sheets, and vocal with piano accompaniment in six keys!

An early intermediate piano arrangement

Early intermediate piano Loch Lomond

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I have always loved this song, since I first played it on the piano as a little girl.

This is a new piano arrangement, which is actually very OLD... it is almost note-for-note the old John Schaum arrangement that I played in my childhood and can no longer find.  I loved it so much that I wanted my students to know it too!

The numerous right hand finger replacements make this a melody for students who pay attention to fingering... when I give kids a piece or a lead sheet that requires lots of finger shifting, I always ask them to come back to the next lesson able to PLAY THE MELODY WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED.  

Once they can do that, the left hand will come along easily!

Loch Lomond lyrics old and new with piano arrangement

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A bagpipe sound

Students who are not ready for the fast-moving chord inversions in part 2 may still be able to put page 1 hands together.   The "crushed" note, C#, helps give the bass part a "bagpipe"-like sound... at least that is how I have always heard it in my imagination!  

This is one of those songs that carry you to another time and place

Listen to this very polished performance by Peter Hollens:

Two different sets of lyrics

I have placed into the sheet music two different sets of lyrics:

  • the most well-known, and 
  • the original lyrics, lovely and based on history

The lyrics were a mystery to me


The oldest lyrics (there are others):

O wither away my bonnie May
Sae late an' sae far in the gloamin'
The mist gathers grey o'er moorland and brae
O wither sae far are ye roamin'?

Chorus:
O ye'll tak the high road an' I'll tak the low
I'll be in Scotland afore ye
For me and my true love will never meet again
By the bonnie bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond

O well may I weep for yestreen in my sleep
we stood bride and bridegroom together.
But his arms and his breath were as cold as the death
And his heart's blood ran red in the heather

I trusted my ain love last night in the broom
My Donald wha' loves me sae dearly
For the morrow he will march for Edinburgh toon
Tae fecht for his King and Prince Charlie (to fight)

(Chorus)

As dauntless in battle as tender in love
He'd yield ne'er a foot to the foeman
But never again frae the field o' the slain
Tae his Moira will he come by Loch Lomond

The thistle may bloom, the King have his own
And fond lovers may meet in the gloamin'
And me and my true love will yet meet again
Far above the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond


What did it mean, the "low road" and the "high road"?  Most interpretations connect to the Jacobite uprising against England in 1745.  

I THINK that is the setting for the story Lorna Doone as well... (which has beautiful, evocative music in the movie version that I own).

Especially for vocalists

This arrangement is especially suitable for vocalists, as the left hand can be made to feel light, if the pianist has a careful touch, and the singer's high notes can be supported with more urgency in the piano broken chords.

Scottish song with lyrics old & new, piano accompaniment & vocal

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Lead sheets for Loch Lomond


The LEAD SHEETS for this beautiful song in several keys:

Loch Lomond lyrics and music for singers
Loch Lomond lyrics and sheetmusic for singers with oldest words

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Guitar tabs too

For your beginning guitarists, here are guitar tabs in the keys of C & G:

Guitar tabs for Loch Lomond
Tabs for Loch Lomond for guitar

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A beginner piano arrangement 

And here is a super-easy arrangement in Middle C position for beginners:

Loch Lomond for beginner piano

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This video shows a rendition by The Corries using the oldest lyrics.  

It is a beautiful solo performance, live, with the saddest words:



The link for the intermediate piano arrangement:



Download Loch Lomond for intermediate piano, in G



The links for the vocal arrangement with piano accompaniment:



Download Loch Lomond for voice & piano in the key of C



Download Scottish song for voice & piano in the key of D



Download Loch Lomond in the key of Eb



Download Loch Lomond in F (shown above)



Download song in the key of G



Download song with piano accompaniment in the key of A



The links for the lead sheets:



Download Loch Lomond lyrics and music in the key of C, lead sheet



Download lyrics and music in the key of D



Download music in the key of Eb



Download Loch Lomond in the key of F



Download Loch Lomond lyrics and sheet music in the key of G



The links for the guitar tabs:



Download guitar tabs for Scottish song in the key of C



Download song with guitar tabs in the key of G



The link for the easiest piano arrangement:



Download easy beginner piano arrangement for Loch Lomond




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