What is the Difference Between the High Road and the Low Road In the Scottish Song “Loch Lomond”?

In the song “Loch Lomond,” two wounded Scottish soldiers are in a foreign prison.

One will be set free, but the one speaking is to be executed.

When he says, “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road,” he’s referring to the Celtic belief that if a man dies in a foreign land, the fairies will guide his spirit home along the “low road”.

The living man will travel an earthly or “high road” that will take longer.

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