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Thread #4640   Message #2928856
Posted By: GUEST,Tiggywinkle
16-Jun-10 - 05:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Montrose (Steeleye Span)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Montrose (Steeleye Span)
I also had trouble a few years ago when I was trying to find all the words to this song. I agree, there was no point in the mangled version being posted again!

I first heard this song many, many years ago; my late husband, who claimed some distant kinship with Montrose, could occasionally be coaxed to sing it.

My little correction to the lyrics--in the third verse from the bottom:

"nail my head on yonder tower, give every town a limb
and God who made shall gather *them*, I go from you to Him"

which is taken almost word for word from something Montrose said before his death. I fear that his faith was not entirely rewarded; although the remains of Montrose were eventually gathered up and given a proper funeral after the Restoration of Charles II, his right arm was apparently never recovered. As recently as 1891 it--or at least an old, mummified arm reputed to be it--was purchased by one J.W. Morlick of Leeds, along with the sword also reputed to have belonged to the Marquis. The sword pretty obviously was his--it had his arms on it and even his initials scratched on the hilt--and the arm very well may have been. Alas, it has since been lost--probably in some dusty attic somewhere.