Scottish national anthem

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by magnatom, 26 Sep 2007.

  1. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Should Scotland change it's national anthem? (Keep it friendly please!!)

    I'm not a fan of Flower of Scotland as I think it looks to much at the past and is a little 'chip on shoulder' like.
    I'd go for Highland Cathedral. A great rousing tune with great words:

    VERSE 1.

    Land of our fathers, we will always be
    Faithful and loyal to our own country.
    In times of danger, we will set you free.
    Lead you to glory and to victory.

    VERSE 2.

    Hail, Caledonia, to our ancient prayer.
    In this Highland Cathedral, let our standards, bear.
    Joining, together, with one dream to share.
    God bless the people of this land so fair.


    Gone is the past, let us start anew.
    Let this hope of peace, always remain.
    Spirit of Scotia, be strong and true.
    Then your children will smile again, again, again, again.

    VERSE 3.

    Rise, Caledonia, let your voices ring
    In this Highland Cathedral of our God and King.
    Whom, joy and liberty, to all, will bring.
    Come; let your heart, with love and courage, sing.


    Lonely the exile, o'er distant seas,
    The home of their birth, gone from their eyes.
    Bring back their souls o'er the ocean breeze
    To the land where their fathers lie.


    What do you think?

    P.S. My English wife marched up the isle to a piper playing this tune. Very emotional.....xx(
  2. OP

    magnatom Guest

    I should point out that I do know that the words are written by some Germans. That doesn't bother me, honest xx(
  3. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    I don't know the tune, can you record yourslef singing it and put it on you tube?
  4. OP

    magnatom Guest


    I have found this on the web

    It's definitely not the best version (to get the full impact you need the full pipe band), but it gives you and idea of the tune.

    Does anyone know of a link to a full pipe band version?
  5. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Kind of excludes all those Jewish, Hindu and Moslew Scots though, doesn't it?
  6. OP

    magnatom Guest

    I'd be the first to admit that the words need a little tweaking, (I'm not fussed for verse 3, what king?), but the idea is there. I'm not sure but I've always assumed that Cathedral was a metaphor for imposing and impressive, but I could be wrong. If this was an issue I'm sure a substitute for Cathedral could be found. The tune is just so wonderful (there is no smiley that indicates pride!!)
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    I always thought that Letter From America by the Proclaimers would be quite rousing at the start of a Calcutta Cup rugby match. At least, it would amuse the England fans.
  8. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    What about 'The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond?' Great Scottish song; Fish used to sing it at the end of early Marillion concerts. Very uplifting:-

    Oh ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,
    An' I'll be in Scotland before ye',
    But woe is my heart until we meet again
    On the Bonnie, bonnie banks O' Loch Lomond.

    (Does improvised jig round office).
  9. OP

    magnatom Guest

    The live Run Rig version of this is superb!!xx(
  10. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Well, even the theme from Balamoray would be an improvement on that dirge!
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

  12. We've got too many National anthems; isn't `Scotland the Brave' one too?
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Billy Connoly once suggested that its the English who need a new anthem, and his idea was that we should choose the theme tune from the Archers.
  14. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran


    "Sir, Sir there's been a Moyder."
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Taggart wasn't from New York!
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