Skye Boat Song

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This Scottish folksong, with words by Harold Boulton set to an air collected in the 1870’s by Anne MacLeod, recalls the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who disguised himself as a maid and journeyed from South Uist (Outer Hebrides) to the Isle of Skye in a small boat, following the Jacobites’ defeat at the battle of Culloden (1746).  The song is often sung as a lullaby, in a slow rocking 6/8 time.  In this arrangement, the final verse is marked loud, emphasizing the forcefulness of the text, which concludes with a sense of hope that Charlie will one day return.

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Traditional Scottish – Arr. Nancy Litten
Text paraphrased by Harold Boulton

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