They came in a blizzard, we offered them heat,
a roof o'er their heads, dry shoes for their feet,
we wined them and dined them, they ate of our meat,
and they slept in the house of MacDonald.
They came from Fort William with murder in mind,
the Campbell had orders, King William had signed,
put all to the sword, these words underlined,
leave no one alive called MacDonald.
They came in the night while our men were asleep,
this band of Argylls, through snow soft and deep,
like murdering foxes among helpless sheep,
they butchered the house of MacDonald.
Some died in their beds at the hand of the foe,
some fled in the night and were lost in the snow,
some lived to accuse him, who struck the first blow,
but gone was the house of MacDonald.
source of the lyrics: thanks to Dacry Kull (firstname.lastname@example.org), with minor corrections.
By the way, Moira Anderson sings this song on 20 Scottish Facourites (1990), but omits the third stanza, and one or two words are different (for instance the 'snow thick and deep' in stead of 'snow soft and deep'), but that's not important.See also this page on the "Ballad of Glencoe", which has some related links.
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