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Thread #251   Message #613
Posted By: Ian
29-Nov-96 - 05:18 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)
Subject: Lyric/Music Request - unknown song
Hi folks,

I'm afraid I can't give you much to go on other than the subject and basic story-line of the song I'm looking for. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Here goes:

The story is that an English army was on the way to invading Scotland, when they spied a lone Scotsman at the top of a hill, standing defiantly and taunting the English army. The English captain(?) sends one of his men to take out the Scot. The English soldier goes over the hill, sounds of combat are heard and the English soldier is not seen again. The lone Scotsman appears on the hilltop once more, however.

This is repeated several times over. Each time, the English captain sends a larger and larger group of his men to attack the lone Scot. Each time none come back.

Finally, in anger, the English captain sends an entire company of his men to take out this irritating Scotsman. As the battle sounds die down, one of the English soldiers - quite battered and obviouly on his last legs - crawls back over the hill and says, "Go back! It's a trick! There's two of them!"

Unfortunately, I don't know who did it or where to find a copy; but, I'm hoping that someone out there does.

Thanks in advance. - Ian