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Lyr Add: Thomas Muir (Jim McLean)

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Jim McLean 02 Oct 18 - 04:27 AM
Joe Offer 02 Oct 18 - 05:09 PM
Reinhard 02 Oct 18 - 05:55 PM
Jim McLean 03 Oct 18 - 03:31 AM
Gallus Moll 03 Oct 18 - 10:48 AM
Gallus Moll 03 Oct 18 - 10:51 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THOMAS MUIR (Jim McLean)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 02 Oct 18 - 04:27 AM

Hi GM, I know you are aware of this title but I should post it here anyway.

THOMAS MUIR
(Jim McLean)

There was a lad from Huntershill, his name was Thomas Muir,
He saw injustice everywhere on the faces of the poor,
Corruption ruled, the people fooled, the law made for the few,
He vowed to fight for freedom's right, to fight for me and you.
Thomas Muir, Thomas Muir,
He vowed to fight for freedom's right, to fight for me and you.

The French, he thought, could not be bought, and freedom was their aim,
America had faced John Bull, and put the Brits to shame.
The Frenchmen rose, the path they chose, was off with Louis' head
But Muir he chose a different way, democracy instead.
Thomas Muir, Thomas Muir,
But Muir he chose a different way, democracy instead.

Lord Braxfield and Lord Dundas were Scotland's judges High
They crucified young Thomas Muir and nailed him with a lie
The jury found him guilty for reading Thomas Paine
"The Rights of Man", the book was banned, sedition was the claim.
Thomas Muir, Thomas Muir,
"The Rights of Man", the book was banned, sedition was the claim.

The judges gave him fourteen years and sent him o'er the sea,
Banished from his Scottish home, deprived of Liberty
He put his trust in Scottish law, defender of the poor,
But Scottish spies and Scottish lies defeated Thomas Muir.
Thomas Muir, Thomas Muir,
Yes, Scottish lies and Scottish spies defeated Thomas Muir.

"Within these city walls this day walks not a nobler man"
The French made him a Citizen, the Brotherhood of Man
He lived and died for freedom and his spirit calls us still,
The People's hero Thomas Muir, the lad from Huntershill.
Thomas Muir, Thomas Muir,
The People's hero Thomas Muir, the lad from Huntershill.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thomas Muir
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Oct 18 - 05:09 PM

Did you write this, Jim?

Can't say I knew anything about Scottish political reformer Thomas Muir of Huntershill (1765-99), but I'm enjoying the chance for enlightenment.

-Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: THOMAS MUIR OF HUNTERSHILL (A McNaughtan)
From: Reinhard
Date: 02 Oct 18 - 05:55 PM

In the other Thomas Muir thread, Gallus Moll noted that hew knew the Thomas Muir songs by Adam McNaughtan, Jim McLean, and Iain Ingram. So the above surely is Jim's.

This is Adam McNaughtan's song, copied from Dick Gaughan's website:


THOMAS MUIR OF HUNTERSHILL
Words & Music : Adam McNaughtan
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

My name is Thomas Muir; as a lawyer I was trained
Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill
But you've branded me an outlaw; for sedition I'm arraigned
Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill
But I never preached sedition in any shape or form
And against the constitution I have never raised a storm
It's the scoundrels who've corrupted it that I want to reform
Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill

M'lord, you judged me guilty before the trial began
Remember ...
And the jury that you've picked are Tory placemen to a man
Remember ...
Yet here I stand for judgement unafraid what may befa'
Though your spies were in my parish Kirk and in my father's ha'
Not one of them can testify I ever broke a law
Remember ...

Yes, I spoke to Paisley weavers and addressed the city's youth
For neither age nor class should be a barrier to the truth
M'lord, you may chastise them with your vitriolic tongue
You say that books are dangerous to those I moved among
But the future of our land is with the workers and the young

Members of the jury, it's not me who's being tried
200 years in future they will mind what you decide
You may send me to Van Dieman's Land or clap me in the jail
Grant me death or grant me liberty my spirit will not fail
For my cause it is a just one and my cause it will prevail

With quiet words and dignity Muir led his own defence
He appeared completely blameless to those with common sense
When he had finished speaking the courtroom rang with cheers
Lord Braxfield said, "This outburst just confirms our deepest fears"
And he sentenced Thomas Muir to be transported fourteen years

Gerrard, Palmer, Skirving, Thomas Muir and Margarot
These are names that every Scottish man and woman ought to know
When you're called for jury service, when your name is drawn by lot
When you vote in an election, when you freely voice your thought
Don't take these things for granted, for dearly were they bought


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thomas Muir
From: Jim McLean
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 03:31 AM

Joe, I wrote it a very long time ago but only found it again while going through old papers.
There are plenty books on Thomas Muir, I have often said if his story was taught in Scottish schools, we'd have Scottish Independence tomorrow.

    Thanks, Jim. I added the songwriter attribution to your post. -Joe-


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Subject: Lyr Add: AWA FRAE HUNTERSHILL (Iain Ingram)
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 10:48 AM

AWA FRAE HUNTERSHILL
                               Iain Ingram

               Nights are lang and never ending
                        Days o joy and happiness
                Are strangers noo tae me
                        Freens and family Ah’ll remember
                In the place Ah’d rather be


                        Chained, shackled and deported
                                Cast adrift upon the tide
                        Shipped across twa mighty oceans
                                Tae this world’s other side


                Talk o change and law reforming
                        Brought me doon
                Courtesy o those who bore me ill
                        Sending me damned for sedition
                Far awa frae Huntershill
                                
                        Chained, shackled and deported
                                Cast adrift upon the tide
                        Shipped across twa might oceans
                                Tae this world’s other side


                Through my years o forced adventure
                        Aw my thochts
                Aye were on the rights o honest men
                        And for their freedom o opinion
                Ah’d gang through this fate again

                        Chained, shackled and deported
                                Cast adrift upon the tide
                        Shipped across twa mighty oceans
                                Tae this world’s other side

                        _______________________



“Awa Frae Huntershill”    by Iain Ingram


In the late eighteenth century, a young Scottish lawyer and social reformer by the name of Thomas Muir was charged and convicted of sedition.

The Judge sentenced him to 14 years of penal servitude in Botany Bay.

Thomas’s crime had been, through public address, to urge the common man to lobby the government of the day for the right to vote.
This was a time when only men of title enjoyed that privilege.

While the sentence was undoubtedly harsh, the French Revolution was taking place just across the English Channel.
The British Government and monarchy were very nervous of something similar happening here.
Those expressing opinions, which were viewed as being anti-establishment, were dealt with severely.

While Thomas never lived to see his reforms implemented, he had sown the seeds of change.
For that reason, many regard him as the father of Scottish Democracy.

The song was written by Iain Ingram after he had read a biography of Thomas Muir, and is in the form of a fictional letter from Botany Bay to his parents in the Huntershill area of Springburn in the City of Glasgow.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROGUES AND VAGABONDS (Iain Ingram)
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 10:51 AM

ROGUES AND VAGABONDS
Iain Ingram

In every century
men o’ destiny
wi thoughts beyond their time
hae been the guiding lights
in the darkness
though few forever shine

Even though they fade away
it’s the legacy
they leave that will endure
and the world is a better place
through the hardship
and suffering o’ Thomas Muir

          Chorus
       Rogues and Vagabonds hae seen their day
          the seeds o’ bitterness are blown away
       but the seed he planted will bloom forever
          and flourish in the cauldest clay

A revolution in -
constitutional change
was a’ he planned
ne’er a wild uprising or
o bloody battle
he’d stomach for the rights of man

Mair an education wi
quiet persuasion
and a voice for silent men
but an agitator tae
men o’ title
a thorn within thir rosy den

    Chorus

Frae the fairms and cotton mills
ower the Campsie hills
the bleaching fields and a’
tae a tryst o’ working men
Intermingled
Wi sleekit yins wha’d see him fa’

Weel paid infiltrators, these
mischief makers
oot tae justify thir fee
and thir accusations brought
ruination tae martyrs banished ower the sea

      Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thomas Muir
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 10:54 AM

Sorry I have no idea /competence to post tunes! So you'll just have to pin me or better still Iain down at some point--- I know he is gradually trying to get his tunes transcribed so fingers crossed these two have been or will be done some of these days...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thomas Muir
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 03 Oct 18 - 06:42 PM

Just noticed i am rubbish at posting songs in correct format too...oh well... (sorry Iain!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Thomas Muir
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 04 Oct 18 - 11:33 AM

Joe Offer - hope you are also looking at the other thread titled
Lyric required - Irish Songs + Thomas Muir of Huntershill?
I just listed some further reading - -- !!!
and have posted some of the Thomas Muir of Huntershill Festival events on the facebook page- - and lucky me I have won tickets to the Moya Brennan concert at Cadder Church (which Thomas Muir attended; there is now a stained glass window in the church dedicated to him.)


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Subject: Lyr Add: POLITICAL MARTYRDOM OF THOMAS MUIR
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 14 Oct 18 - 10:43 AM

I don't know if this had a tune? Any suggestions?
The style is of its time- but perhaps someone might adapt it to be sung nowadays?


‘A Song, Political Martyrdom of Thomas Muir, Esq written 1837’
Published in The Altar of Liberty (1842)

1. Immortal Patriotic Martyr
Robb’d and wrong’d in Freedom’s cause;
Tyrants have destroyed the charter
Of our freedoms and our laws.
We detest the Tory tyrants
Scourges fierce of former times;
We abhor their legal murders,
Massacres, and fiendish crimes.

CHORUS: Shade of Muir, immortal spirit,
Boast and glory of the free,
Bards shall sing his deeds of merit,
And their song shall deathless be.

2. Tory tyrants we abhor them,
Foes to truth and human joy,
The guiltless daily fall before them,
And the virtuous they destroy.
Muir, the virtuous Muir they murder’d
By a sentence far from just;
Still his judges and his jury
Fill our bosoms with disgust. CHORUS

3. Much of human ill he suffered,
In his country’s cause he fell --
Was on Freedom’s altar offered
Much we in his virtuous glory,
Human weal was all his aim,
And a Patriot which story
Has enrolled and deathless fame. CHORUS

4. Patriotic Muir, and daring-
Rous’d to tell the people’s wrongs
Like a meteor appearing,
Told what unto man belongs
It was criminal, great martyr!
To say mankind should be free;
They’ve destroyed our righteous charter.
They who wrong’d and murder'd thee! CHORUS

5. We will sing thy deeds of glory,
We will fight in Freedom’s cause;
We will curse the ruthless Tory,
Framer of Tyrannic Laws.
We will tread the paths of virtue,
We, as men, our rights will claim,
We, like thee, are foes to Tyrants,
Truth and Justice is our aim. CHORUS


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