Something for the weekend. Scotland the Brave. The tune is only from the early 20th Century. The lyrics are frankly forgettable compared to the grandeur of the song so I will not repeat them here. Instead, time for a little Bobbie Burns:
Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften 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 power –
Chains and slaverie!
Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will 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 usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!
Let us do or dee!
Scotland the Brave is a stirring tune and it also has a practical application. If I feel myself getting drowsy driving, I will put this on, crank it up full blast, and I am instantly alert. It would take a hardier soul than me to fall asleep to this tune! I have thought that the army should play this on loud speakers while attacking. I can imagine enemies, and music lovers, fleeing for their lives! 🙂