A song for for Scottish independence.
Partly inspired by being part of the great All Under One Banner independence march through Glasgow in May 2018. A little before that, too, a letter in The National newspaper had commented that there was a dearth of songs for these gatherings. This is my contribution to the cause, then. My gift to Scotland.
In its entirety perhaps more suited to the stage at the end of a walk, but it's written purposely to be used in part during a march or rally or gathering – a verse or line here and there to be taken and sung or chanted.
If you've found this and are thinking of using it, go ahead – if you don't like a line or a word, then change it. Keep to the idea, and keep in the spirit – but another purpose of a song like this is it's adaptable and flexible.
Some readers and singers may find a nod to other sources – as with any folk song, any protest song, any people's song, that's intentional too, for the innate resonances of those references. In this song, you may pick up on borrowings from Hamish Henderson, Alasdair Gray, Robert Burns – and even Theresa May – and of course the call and response tradition.
And, excepting the final verse, this is also purposely a song to be sung when Scotland IS independent. Come the day!
(P.S. as with all my other songs on MusicHub, I have arranged with Simon that I can submit my work without an actual music sheet per se.)
Tune type: Scots Song
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