I'll be in Scotland Afore Ye
yon bonnie banks, and by yon bonnie braes
ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road
One interpretation of these verses emanates from events at Flodden, in 1513, when so many brave men, on both sides, lost their lives.
A Scotsman, lying on English soil, was saying to a comrade that, being mortally wounded, his spirit would reach Scotland before his unscathed friend.