In this song, the singer asks a pretty girl to come with him and share his lot in a strange country [i.e. district], to which she agrees, saying that she will sell her possessions and they will go over the hills to Galloway.
3 verses and choruses of 4 lines. 'The Gallowa Hills' is believed to have originated from a song by William Nicholson (1783-1849) called 'The Braes of Galloway', first published in his 'Tales in Verse, and Miscellaneous Poems descriptive of Rural Life and Manners' (1814, pp. 262-263). 20th century versions appear to stem from broadsides of the late 19th century.
'101 Scottish Songs' (N. Buchan, 1962) p. 102
National Library of Scotland, Broadside Ballad collection, RB.m.143(119)
'Jeannie Robertson: Emergent Singer, Transformative Voice' (J. Porter & H. Gower, 1995) pp. 171-172