Thanks again to the good people at the Thistle & Shamrock, I have another great contemporary Scottish folk song to love. Last Sunday I heard “The Sang o the Saracen Maid” and fell for it hard; it’s about all I’ve listened to for a week.
Here it is:
I was prompted to do some research about the background of this heartrending tale.
This YouTube video directly precedes the one above; the author of the original poem introduces it.
Here’s a written story of the poem’s origin.
Here are the words to the poem.
And the lyrics to the song.
This is the old legend being retold here. Isn’t it sad? I’d never heard this before. Local folklore is the best!
Here’s another telling of the same story.