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Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill (A McNaughton)

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Nick 15 Jan 00 - 10:33 AM
Susanne (skw) 15 Jan 00 - 07:58 PM
Trish 15 Jan 00 - 08:10 PM
Nick 16 Jan 00 - 02:01 AM
markm@singout.org 16 Jan 00 - 02:15 AM
markm@singout.org 16 Jan 00 - 02:16 AM
Susanne (skw) 23 Jan 00 - 06:37 PM
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Subject: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Nick
Date: 15 Jan 00 - 10:33 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics to Thomas Muir of Huntershill by the great and silly Adam McNaughtan. Furthermore, does anyone know of an Adam McNaughtan website or any info on the MAN.

Nick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 15 Jan 00 - 07:58 PM

The song is on his CD 'Last Stand on Mount Florida'. Unfortunately, there is no song sheet with it. How long can you wait for me to transcribe it? (Several other commitments in the way, so we're probably talking weeks here ...)
I don't know of any website yet. If nobody else comes up with an address, the best alternative might be to write to him direct. The address of his second hand bookshop in Glasgow (well worth a visit!) is Adam Books, 47 Parnie Street, Glasgow, G1 5LU, Scotland. I've no idea whether he would reply, though. Though friendly, he doesn't seem to be an outgoing man. - Susanne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Trish
Date: 15 Jan 00 - 08:10 PM

Dick Gaughan also does "Thomas Muir" on his "Redwood Cathedral" CD: the words are printed in the "sleeve". The last twice I've heard it sung by others who shall be nameless they couldn't "Remember Thomas Muir of Hunter's Hill" but forgot the words - so be warned!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Nick
Date: 16 Jan 00 - 02:01 AM

I have the Adam Naughtan CD in question and could transcribe it myself, but I am always leery of the Scottish songs. I don't want to get it wrong--as I have know many, many people to do in transcribing Irish and Scottish songs. Thanks for the address--I may just write him.

Nick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: markm@singout.org
Date: 16 Jan 00 - 02:15 AM

A complete lead sheet with all lyrics for "Thomas Muir of Huntershill" was printed in Sing Out! v.43#3 (from last winter). If you're interested, the issue can be purchased at out website: http://www.singout.org or via phone at 888-SING-OUT! for $3.50 (pp).

Mark D. Moss Sing Out! Magazine PO Box 5460 Bethlehem, PA 18015-0460


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: markm@singout.org
Date: 16 Jan 00 - 02:16 AM

A complete lead sheet with all lyrics for "Thomas Muir of Huntershill" was printed in Sing Out! v.43#3 (from last winter). If you're interested, the issue can be purchased at out website: http://www.singout.org or via phone at 888-SING-OUT! for $3.50 (pp).

We got the lyrics directly from Adam, BTW

Mark D. Moss Sing Out! Magazine PO Box 5460 Bethlehem, PA 18015-0460


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 06:37 PM

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Subject: Lyr Add: THOMAS MUIR OF HUNTERSHILL (A McNaughtan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 04:45 PM

Copied from Dick Gaughan's song archive.

THOMAS MUIR OF HUNTERSHILL
(Adam McNaughtan)

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

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.
Two hundred 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 greatest 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 Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill
From: Jim McLean
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 04:26 AM

'The Scottish Insurrection of 1820' by Peter Berresford Ellis and Seamus Mac A'Ghobhainn is an excellent read for those interested in Scottish politics following Thomas Muir's death.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AWA FRAE HUNTERSHILL + ROGUES & VAGABONDS
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 06 Aug 17 - 09:07 AM

Anyone interested in Thomas Muir of Huntershill should check out 'The Friends of Thomas Muir' -group-- think there's a facebook page and a website?
Various events occur - annual celebration, walks along the heritage trail, concert in Cadder Church, seminar at Glasgow uni and /or other venues, art competition etc.
Last year a book of essays was published- - - and there are various other biographies and publications available, also works of art to be viewed.

Adam's magnificent song tells the story of Thomas Muir's life.
More recently Iain Ingram has written Far Awa' Frae Huntershill (in the form of a letter sent home from his time after being deported to Sydney) and Rogues and Vagabonds which looks at the changes wrought by The Scottish Martyrs and all those who stand up against oppression
I might manage to work out how to do a blue clicky* for Far Awa Frae Huntershill (from Words O' Fiction cd) -- or not! But don't have a recording of Rogues and Vagabonds so you'll just have to ask Iain or me or perhaps John Graham / Jim Jack to sing it to you-- -!

(* just looked at instructions for blue clicky and my mind closed down- -- )

8 AWA FRAE HUNTERSHILL   copyright Iain Ingram

Nights are lang and never ending
Days o joy and happiness
Are foreign noo tae me
Freens and faimily ah'll remember
In the place ah'd rather be

Chorus
Chained, shackled and deported
Cast adrift upon the tide
Shipped across twa michty oceans
Tae this world's ither 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

Chorus

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

Chorus


NOTES

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 fourteen years penal servitude in Botany Bay. Thomas' 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. Anyone expressing opinions, which were viewed as being anti-establishment, were severely dealt with. While Thomas never lived to see his reforms implemented, he'd sown the seeds of change. For that reason many regard him as the father of Scottish democracy.
The song is written in the form of a fictional letter from Botany Bay to his parents in the Huntershill area of Springburn in the City of Glasgow.

ROGUES and VAGABONDS        copyright 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 Req: Thomas Muir of Huntershill (A McNaughton)
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 06 Aug 17 - 09:29 AM

----I am wondering if Jim McLean has any songs about that era?
It would be good to build up a collection of them- - I believe Adam wrote his because he could not find anything contemporary from that era?
And - I have heard it speculated that Burns Scots Wha Hae and perhaps Parcel of Rogues might have been inspired inspired by the treatment of Muir and the other young radicals by the establishment----?


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