Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Skye Boat Song

Rise Up Singing chapter: Lullabies, p.135
Melody: traditional and by Annie McLoed (I don't know. Needs further research, obviously)
Words: Sir Harold Boulder (1884)

Chorus chords: G - D - / G C G D / G - D - / G C G -
Verses chords: Em - Am - / Em C Em - / Em - Am - / Em C Em D

Speed, bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
"Onward" the sailors cry
Carry the lad that is born to be king
Over the sea to Skye

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

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep
Ocean's a royal bed
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head

Many's the lad fought on that day
Well the claymore could yield
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden's field

Burned are our homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men
Yet e'er the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again

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