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Aberlady Bay

Ae Fond Kiss

A Wee Drap O' Whisky

Afton Water

Annie Laurie

Are You Sleeping, Maggie?

As I Came In By Fisherrow

The Auld Hoose


Banchory's Lands

The Banks O'Doon


The Birks Of Aberfeldy

Blooming Heather

Blue Bells Of Scotland

The Boatman

The Boatie Rows

Bonnie Dundee

Bonnie Wee Thing

Border Widow

Ca' The Yowes

Caller Herrin'

Cam ye by Athol

Carles of Dysart

Charlie Is My Darling

Child In A Manger


Cuillins Of Home

The Day We Went
To Rothesay, O

End Of The Road

Eriskay Love Lilt

The Field Of Bannockburn

Flower Of Scotland

The Flowers O'
The Forest

For A That

The Gloamin

Gloomy Night

Granny's Hielan' Hame

Green Grow
The Rashes, O

Heart In The Highlands

Hieland Laddie

I Belong To Glasgow

I'm A Rover And
Seldom Sober

Jacobites By Name

Jock of Hazeldean

Johnnie Cope


Land of the Leal

Lass Of Fyfie

Little Jock Elliot

Loch Lomond


Loch Tay Boat Song

McLean's Welcome

MacPherson's Lament

Mairi's Wedding

Man's A Man
For A' That

Mary of Argyll

Maxwellton Braes

Melville Castle

Mingulay Boat Song

Mist Covered

Mormond Braes

My Love Is Like
A Red Red Rose

My Mountains

Northern Lights

Parcel of Rogues

The Road Tae Dundee

Road To The Isles

Rowan Tree

Scotland The Brave

Scots Wha Hae

She's But A Lassie

Skye Boat Song

Bonnie Strathyre

Tae The Weavers

Uist Tramping Song

Wee Deoch an Doris

Westering Home

Your Troosers?

Scottish Song Lyrics

Scotland the Brave

Hark when the night is falling
hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro' the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits of the old Highland men.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maiden's eyes.

Towering in gallant fame etc.

Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the Kiss Of sweet Scottish rain.
Where tropic skies are beaming,
Love sets the heart a-dreaming,
Longing and dreaming for the homeland again.

Towering in gallant fame etc.

(Scotland the Brave)
An ancient pipe tune and stirring words from the heart of Scotland.

Scots Wha Hae

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots wham Bruce has often led,
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to Victorie!
Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour,
See approach proud Edward's pow'r
Chains and slaverie!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!
Wha for Scotland's King and law
Freedom's sword will strongly draw?
Freeman stand, or freeman fa'?
Let him follow me!

By oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains! -
We will drain our dearest veins, -
But they shall be free! -
Lay the proud usurper low!
Tyrants fall in ev'ry foe!
Liberty's in ev'ry blow!
Let us do or die!

(Scots Wha Hae)
The words were written by Robert Burns. The song refers to the battle at Bannockburn in 1314 between Robert the Bruce and Edward Il of England when, under Bruce's leadership, Scotland regained her freedom


I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I came from
And that's the reason why I seem
So far away today

Oh, but let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me
And now I'm going home
If I should become a stranger
You know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything
I've ever had

Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing
Found others on the way
I have kissed the ladies and left them crying
Stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have traveled hard with coattails flying
Somewhere in the wind

Now I'm sitting here before the fire
The empty room, the forest choir
The flames that could not get any higher
They've withered now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking my way is clear
And I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands are shaken and the kisses flow
Then I will disappear

Song by Dougie Maclean
Copyright 1982 Plant Life Music Ltd.

Scottish Soldier

There was a soldier, a Scottish soldier
who wandered far away and soldiered far away
there was none bolder, with good broad shoulders,
he fought in many a fray and fought and won
He's seen the glory, he's told the story
of battles glorious and deeds victorious
But now he's sighing his heart is crying
to leave these green hills of Tyroll

Because these green hills are not highland hills
or the Islands hills their not my lands hills,
as fair as these green foreign hills may be
they are not the hills of home..

And now this soldier, this Scottish soldier,
who wandered far away and soldiered far away
sees leaves are falling, and death is calling
and he will fade away, on that dark land
He called his piper, his trusty piper
and bade him sound away, a pibroch sad to play
upon a hillside but Scottish hillside
not on these green hills of Tyrol

Because these green....... etc

And now this soldier this Scottish soldier
who wanders far no more, and soldiers far no more
now on a hillside, a Scottish hillside
you'll see a piper play this soldier home
he's seen the glory, he's told the story
of battles glorious and deeds victorious
but he will cease now, he is at peace now
far from these green hills of Tyroll

Because these green....... etc

repeat chorus..

The Skye Boat Song

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that's born to be king,
over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl,
loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air,
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

Chorus: Speed bonnie boat like a bird etc.

Though the waves leap,
soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean's a royal bed.
Rock'd in the deep,
Flora will keep watch o'er your weary head.

Chorus: Speed bonnie boat like a bird etc.

Burned are our homes,
exile and death,
Scattered the loyal man.
Yet ere the sword,
cool in the sheath,
Charlie will come again.

Chorus: Speed bonnie boat like a bird etc.

(The Skye Boat Song)
Commemorating his escape from these shores when Flora Macdonald took Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving. maid, from Uist to Skye in a small boat. Flora is buried at Kilmuir on Skye. Prince Charlie near Rome where he was born.

The Dark Isle

As mists of the evening creep over the hill
And the sea round about her is silent and still
Forbidden dark island so dreary and cold
What mysterious tales can your black rocks unfold
While fishermen row past your dark ocean shore
And old wives are spinning and praying once more
No falsehood to dread no malice you hold
You are sworn to your secrets of stories untold

The old men will tell not a bird or a nest
At times not a seabird will stop there to rest
But you lie there in mist and cold watery waves
No harm is yet spoken no evil you show
T'is sacred you stand to folks long ago
No curses come from you or to you are shown
Just a lonely dark island a mysterious throne

But tho' they've not seen they'll tell what they know
Of kings and of princes who died long ago
Who rest in your coves and still to this day
They are seen in your shadows and thru the sea spray
So toast to yon mountains and summits of blue
And here's to the glens and the meadows of dew
It's not of these hills or valleys I dream
But the lonely dark island the home of the kings.

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