A Gordon for Me !

A traditional Scottish Song

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The Gordon Highlanders was a Scottish infantry regiment in the British Army from 1881 until 1994. The regiment took its name from the Clan Gordon and recruited principally from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland.

The Gordon Highlanders, 92nd Regiment of Foot, were first raised as the 100th Highlanders by the Duke of Gordon in 1794 … being renumbered as the 92nd in 1798.

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The regiment was amalgamated with The Queens' Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) on the 17th of September in 1994 to form The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons, and Camerons).

In 2004, as part of the 'restructuring of the infantry', it was announced that The Highlanders would be amalgamated with the other Scottish infantry regiments into the single large Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The words and music for 'a Gordon for me !' are by the music hall singer Robert Wilson. The 'Gordon Highlanders' were a famous regiment in the British army, but then, so were the 'H.L.I.' and the 'Black Watch' and the 'Seaforths'!

Meaning of some words in this song:
H.L.I. = Highland Light Infantry
drappie = drop (of alcohol)
forbye = also

1st Verse

I'm Geordie MacKay of the H. L. I.
I'm fond of the lassies and a drappie forbye,
One day when out walking I chanced to see,
A bonnie wee lass wi' a glint in her ee'
Says I to the lassie "Will you walk foe a while?
I'll buy you a bonnet and we'll do it in style,
My kilt is Mackenzie o' the H. L.I."
She look'd at me shyly and said wi' a sigh.

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Highland Light Infantry

Chorus

A Gordon for me, a Gordon for me,
If ye're no a Gordon ye're no use to me.
The Black Watch are braw, the Seaforths and a'
But the cocky wee Gordon's the pride o' them a'.

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'Black Watch' at the charge

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Officer of the Seaforth Highlanders

2nd Verse

I courted that girl on the banks of the Dee,
I made up my mind she was fashioned for me,
Soon I was a' thinking how nice it would be
If she would consent to get married to me.
The day we were wed, the grass was so green,
The sun was as bright as the light in her 'een,
Now we've two bonnie lassies who sit on her knee,
While she sings the song she once sang to me.

Chorus

A Gordon for me, a Gordon for me,
If ye're no a Gordon ye're no use to me.
The Black Watch are braw, the Seaforths and a'
But the cocky wee Gordon's the pride o' them a'.

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