Flower of Scotland

Words and music by Roy MB Williamson (I936-l990)
Corries Music Ltd www.thecorries.com


This example of "Flower of Scotland" is sung by Wild Mountain Thyme on their album Of Moose and Men (out of print).
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This song commemorates the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 when the Scottish Army under Robert I (the Bruce) King of Scots defeated Edward II, King of England. This ended the English rule of Scotland. Ironically in 1603 Elizabeth I died childless and her second cousin James VI, King of Scots, ascended to the English throne, thus gaining by marriage what what force of arms could not.

Scotland is part of the United Kingdom with the official national anthem being "God Save the Queen." The popular and powerful "Flower of Scotland," however, has been adopted as the country's rugby anthem and unofficial national anthem.

Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne played together as The Corries for 28 years, until Roy died in 1990.

See The Corries web site to learn more.

Oh Flower of Scotland
When will we see
Your like again,
That fought and died for
Your wee bit Hill and Glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's Army,
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.

The Hills are bare now
And Autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now
Which those so dearly held
That stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again.

Those days are past now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward,
Tae think again.

[Optional - repeat first verse]