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Thread #159540   Message #3780135
Posted By: GUEST,Pete Heywood
21-Mar-16 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: Jean Redpath: Help to identify this song-Auld Ayr
Subject: Jean Redpath: Help to identify this song
I'm listening to a lovely live recording I have of Jean Redpath from 2002 and this song popped out. Does anyone know the song and the writer? Here are some of the words.

Auld Ayr, the wind has heard your music
Its heard the sangs, your seabirds sing
Its heard the chants of Roman Legions
And themes of hope your kirk bells ring

Auld Ayr, the wind has aye been singing
defiant songs that Wallace sang
Your Covenanters sounds of glory
That o'er the strife to Heaven rang

I'm beginning to think that Jean wrote it. Although not known as a song writer, I know for a fact that she did write one shortly before she died. She normally credits her sources, but she sang this song without any comment in a concert in the town of Ayr.