"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 7 November 2009

A Long Time Passing

8 comments:

  1. GV,

    Thanks for that. As an Englishman, this never fails to bring a tear to my eye. In 2006/7 I did two trips on a yacht touring distilleries in Oban, Skye and Isla and in Oban the distillery always had a band play this. Hearing it by the bagpipes and drums is truly amazing.

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  2. She was a flower indeed. Nobody under fifty knows who she was anymore.

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  3. Better at the beginning, unaccompanied!

    At funerals, you have to be careful with this tune/anthem/song on the GHB as it can cause some mourners to be overcome with grief.

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  4. It is lovely. I used to think it was an old song - was surprised to find it's only about fifty/sixty yrs old.

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  5. Aye... it was written by Roy Williamson of The Corries and first performed in 1967. Talking of anthems... I have never been requested to play Amazing Grace by a Scot, as they have a special aversion to, like putting ice cubes in scotch, hymns on the pipes. It's an Irish, North American thing. Legend has it, that if the original RSDG recording had not made so much money, the Pipe Major would have been found lifeless at the bottom of the Clyde. The other popular ceremonial anthem "Highland Cathedral" was written by a couple of Germans... which is par for the course.

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  6. I didn't know you were Scottish, Hookie? I only know the first 2 lines from football matches but it's something about the English and King Edward - all it is to me is a beautiful tune :)

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  7. The Flower of Scotland

    O flower of Scotland
    When will we see
    Your like again
    That fought and died for
    Your wee bit hill and glen
    And stood against him
    Proud Edward's army
    And sent him homeward
    Tae think again

    The hills are bare now
    And autumn leaves lie thick and still
    O'er land that is lost now
    Which those so dearly held
    And stood against him
    Proud Edward's army
    And sent him homeward
    Tae think again

    Those days are passed now
    And in the past they must remain
    But we can still rise now
    And be the nation again
    And stood against him
    Proud Edward's army
    And sent him homeward
    Tae think again

    "I didn't know you were Scottish, Hookie?"

    I'm English... it's an urban myth that only a Scot can play pipes... in fact, most pipers I know who consistently breach the Geneva Convention on torture, are Scottish & Irish.

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  8. My ignorance for stereotyping pipers. Thanks for the lyrics - very proud and moving - the good old Scots are amongst my favourite people, though it's a sentiment often not reciprocated ;)

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