Annie Laurie (Alicia Scott)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-02)  CPDL #73290:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-04-02).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by Adam Geibel (1855 - 1933) for men's voices first published in 1905.
  • (Posted 2010-04-23)  CPDL #21473:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Kayla Campbell (submitted 2010-04-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 145 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Annie Laurie
Composer: Alicia Scott

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or TTBB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1847
Description: Annie Laurie is an old Scottish song based on poem by William Douglas (1672?-1748) of Dumfries and Galloway. The words were modified and the tune was added by Alicia Scott in 1834/5. The song is also known as Maxwelton Braes.

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Original text and translations

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Maxwell ton's braes are bonnie,
Where early fa's the dew,
And it's there that Annie Laurie,
Gave me her promise true.
Gave me her promise true,
Which ne'er forgot will be,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.

Her brow is like the snowdrift,
Her throat is like the swan,
Her face it is the fairest That e'er the sun shone on.
That e'er the sun shone on,
And dark blue is her e'e,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.

Like dew on the gowan lying,
Is the fa' o' her fairy feet,
And like winds in summer sighing,
Her voice is soft and sweet.
Her voice is soft and sweet,
And she's a' the world to me,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.