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  • Skye Boat Song

    Chris Hill posted on February 23, 2016 22:08

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    "The Skye Boat Song" is a Scottish folk song, which can be played as a waltz. After an unsuccessful Scottish uprising against the English in the 18th century, the Bonnie Prince Charlie, then still a child and the Stuart claimant to the Scottish throne, was sneaked across to the Isle of Skye, west of Scotland.

    Sir Harold Boulton, 2nd Baronet composed the lyrics to an air collected by Anne Campbelle MacLeod in the 1870's. The tune is sometimes used as a musical framework for an unrelated poem by Robert Louis Stevenson about his lost youth, which also contains the line "Over the Sea to Skye", now a cornerstone of the tourism industry on the Isle of Skye.

    It is often played as a slow lullaby or waltz, and entered into the modern folk canon in the twentieth century with versions by Paul Robeson, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Roger Whittaker, Tori Amos, and many others.

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    I love this melody - the songsheets are the traditional version, but replace the lyrics with the words below and you're singing the Outlander theme song.

    Alternate 'Outlander' lyrics:

    Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
    Say, could that lass be I?
    Merry of soul she sailed on a day
    Over the sea to Skye

    Billow and breeze, islands and seas
    Mountains of rain and sun
    All that was good, all that was fair
    All that was me is gone

    Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
    Say, could that lass be I?
    Merry of soul she sailed on a day
    Over the sea to Skye

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