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Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald's Welcome to Sky


haken@zamnet.zm 01 Oct 98 - 04:15 AM
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Subject: Isle of Skye
From: haken@zamnet.zm
Date: 01 Oct 98 - 04:15 AM

Am desperately looking for lyrics of Isle of Skye. Please help! Many thanks in advance


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Barbara
Date: 01 Oct 98 - 09:42 AM

Do you mean the Skye Boat Song? If you put the word Skye in the box upper right and click on the search button, you will get a list of 18 songs about the Isle of Skye. See if the one you want is there.
If not, give us a few more words or lines.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Rosie
Date: 01 Oct 98 - 09:59 AM

Could not find it through 'search'. It is not the 'Sky Boat Song' I'm after. The title of the song is 'Isle of Skye'. I have a recording of the song by The Corries. Have tried various search engines but cannot find the lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: skw@
Date: 03 Oct 98 - 10:17 AM

I think I've got them at home. I'll bring them in on Monday, unless someone beats me to it. - Susanne


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Subject: Lyr Add: ISLE OF SKYE
From: skw@
Date: 05 Oct 98 - 06:01 AM

ISLE OF SKYE

There are twa bonnie maidens, and three bonnie maidens,
Come owre the Minch, come owre the main,
With the wind for their way and the corry for their hame.
They are dearly welcome back to Skye once again.

CHORUS: Come along, come along wi' your boatie and your song,
My ain bonnie maids, my twa bonnie maids,
For the night it is dark, the Redcoat is gone,
And ye are dearly welcome back to Skye once again.

There is Flora, my honey, sae dear, sae bonnie,
And ane, that's sae tall, sae handsome and all.
Put the one for my king and the other for my queen.
They are dearly welcome back to Skye once again.

CHORUS: Come along...
My ain...
For the Lady Macoulain, she dwelleth all her lane,
And ye....

Her arm it is long and her petticoat is strong,
My ain...
The sea moullit's nest I will watch o'er the main
And ye....

CHORUS: Come along...
My ain...
And saft shall ye rest where the heather grows best,
And ye....

There's a wind in the tree, a ship on the sea,
My ain...
Your cradle I'll rock on the lea of the rock,
And ye....

CHORUS: Come along...
My ain...
Mair sound shall ye sleep as she sail o'er the deep,
And ye....^^

Written by James Hogg (1770-1835), recorded by The Corries on 'A Little of What You Fancy' in 1973

[?:] This Jacobite song narrates the adventures of Prince Charles Edward Stewart [sic!] and Flora MacDonald during the wanderings of the Prince in Skye. (Songs of Scotland I, p 40)

[1972:] [Charles's] flight was a desperate business; he was an embarrassment to the chiefs into whose lands he came; only reluctantly did Flora Macdonald, whose father was with the government forces, convey him to Skye [...]. (Mackie, History of Scotland 275)

[1975:] Charles [...] took leave of his preserver. Flora [...] says nothing of any emotional scene on this occasion - in striking contrast to the accounts given by several of the Prince's male companions on the occasion of their parting with him: we remember, for example, O'Sullivan's loud weeping and long embrace. Flora was a hard-headed and highly competent young woman who managed her part of the affair very successfully. [She] was arrested on her way back to her home in Armadale[,] taken to London and imprisoned in the Tower, but was released under the Act of Indemnity of 1747. She married Allan Macdonald in 1750, and in 1774 they emigrated to North Carolina. But they returned to Skye in 1779, disapproving of the revolt of the American colonies. (David Daiches, Charles Edward Stuart 227)

[1986:] The Twa Bonnie Maidens were Flora McDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was disguised as her serving woman 'Betty' in order to escape the Redcoats, i.e. soldiers. (Conway, 100 Songs 86)

[1991:] Flora MacDonald was a native of South Uist, the daughter of a leading member of the MacDonald clan. June of 1746 found her at her brother's farm, in charge of the cattle at their summer upland grazing. She was just 24 years old. Her involvement came through her cousin, Neil MacEachern MacDonald, who was with the fugitive, and her stepfather, Hugh MacDonald - who although he was a captain on the government side, had no desire to see the Stuart prince caught. On the night of the 20th of June, Neil came to Flora with a proposal; that she take the prince, disguised as her maidservant, to the island of Skye. Despite the risks, Flora agreed. On the 28th, with Neil, four oarsmen, and Charles Edward Stuart disguised in petticoats as 'Betty Burke', they set out in an open boat from Rossinish on the island of Benbecula to cross the dangerous waters of the Little Minch. As all the world knows, they made it, and the romantic legend of Over The Sea To Skye was born.

Flora's reward for all her courage was a lock of hair from the royal head and a promise that she would be rewarded properly when the Stuarts were once again on the British throne - and with that glib assurance she and her prince parted company. Charles Edward Stuart finally landed on the safe soil of France on the 20th of September that same year - and proceeded to reward those who had risked life and limb for him by spending the rest of his days within easy reach of the brandy bottle. But for Flora it was not so easy; word of the deed got out, and she was arrested. If she had been just another grim highlander, doubtless she would have been given no mercy by the Hanoverian courts, but her youth and beauty catapulted her to instant celebrity. The legends around her grew. King George's son, Frederick, Prince of Wales, is said to have visited her - and to have been told that, had he been in distress like Prince Charles, she would have done the same for him. True or not, the story is indicative of the grip she had on the popular imagination - the government did not dare try her case; when the amnesty came for most of the Jacobites in 1747, Flora was included.

She went home to Scotland and began rebuilding her life. (Brian McNeill on his own song 'Strong Women Rule Us All', Songbook 'The Back o' the North Wind' 5)
'Her arm it is long and her petticoat strong' is, I suppose, a slip of the tongue, and should be the other way round. - Susanne


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Bruce O.
Date: 05 Oct 98 - 02:09 PM

The song is entitled "Prince Charles and Flora McDondald's Welcome to Sky" in James Hogg's 'Jacobite Relics of Scotland', I #88, 1819. Hogg said it was taken down 'verbatim from the mouth of Mrs. Betty Cameron from Lochaber,...'.

The tune given is called "The Isle of Sky" in several Scots tune collections, but it isn't the oldest of that title. In O'Neill's 'Music of Ireland' the tune is called "George Brabazon [II]" and attributed to O'Carolan, but that title and attribution is not found elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Bruce O.
Date: 05 Oct 98 - 02:14 PM

Sorry, that should have been vol. II of Jacobite Relics, 1821, above.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: belter
Date: 05 Oct 98 - 05:37 PM

I have a recording of Isle of Skye under the title Twa Bonny Maids by a dou called The Flash Girls. Included in their liner notes it says as near as I can remember, Flora MacDonald disguised bonny Prince Charlie as a maid and smogled him in a small row boat across the sea to the island of skye. From there he excaped to France were he died drunk, while Flora MacDonald was captured and taken to London were her beauty and wit made her a great social success, and she was invited to all the write parties. There's a lesson in there, some were.

This is nothing that hasn't been said alreay, but I like the way they make it sound.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Barry Finn
Date: 05 Oct 98 - 08:29 PM

This was also covered by Archie Fisher "The Man With A Rhyme" on Folk Legacy 1976, he also calls it "Twa Bonnie Maidens". Hadn't heard that fuller version before, Thanks Susanne. Barry


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Oct 98 - 02:17 AM

The tune sounds awfully familiar - has it been used for other songs? Click here to see the version of the song in the database. The version Susanne has many more verses, and an interesting difference in the chorus.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: PRINCE CHARLES' AND FLORA...
From: Bruce O.
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 04:39 PM

The original for comparison.

PRINCE CHARLES' AND FLORA MACDONALD'S WELCOME TO SKY.
Said to be from the Gaelic
[Below are Hogg's tune and the earliest version of the tune under the Isle of Sky title.]

Tere are two ponny maytens,
And tree ponny maytens
Come over te Minch,
And come over te main,
Wit te wind for teir way,
And te correi for teir hame:
Let us welcome tem pravely
Unto Shee akain.
[Chorus] Come along, come along,
Wit your poatie and your song,
You two ponny maytens,
And tree ponny maytens;
For te night it is tark,
And te redcoat is gane,
And you're pravely welcome
To Skhee akain.

Tere is Flora, my honey,
So tear and so ponny,
And one tat is tall,
And comely witall;
Put te one as my khing,
And te oter as my quhain,
Tey're welcome unto
Te Isle of Skhee akain.
[Chorus] Come along, come along,
Wit your poatie and your song,
You two ponny maytens,
And tree ponny maytens;
For te lady of Macoulain
She lieth her lane,
And you're pravely welcome
To Skhee akain.

Her arm it is strang,
And her petticoat is lang,
My one ponny maytens,
And two ponny maytens;
Put teir ped shall pe clain,
On te heather most crain,
And tey're welcome unto
Te Isle of Skhee akain.
[Chorus] Come along, come along,
Wit your poatie and your song,
You one ponny mayten,
And you two bonny mayten.
Py te sea-moullit's nest
I will watch o'er te mhain;
And you're tearly welcome
To Skhee akain.

Tere's a wind on te tree,
And a ship on te sea,
My two ponny maytens,
And tree ponny maytens:
On te lee of te rock;
Shall your cradle pe rock;
And you're welcome unto
Te Isle of Skhee akain.
[Chorus] Come along, come along,
Wit your poatie and your song,
My two ponny maytens,
And tree ponny maytens:
More sound you shall sleep,
When you rock on te deep;
And you's aye pe welcome
To Skhee akain.

^^

[Hogg notes that the song was taken verbatim from the mouth of Mrs Betty Cameron from Lochaber. "She said it was from the Gaelic; but if it is, I think it is likely to have been translated by herself" (with, I suspect with considerable help from Hogg, himself.)]

X:1
T:Prince Charles and Flora Macdonald's Welcome to Sky.
S: Hogg's 'Jacobite Relics', II, pp. 172-4, 1821
Q:1/4=120
L=1/4
M:C
K:Dmixolydian
d/ B/|AD/ D/ (G/F/) E/ D/|A D/ E/ (G/F/) E/ D/|\
BE/ F/ (E/F/) G/ A/|BE/ F/ E F/ G/|A G/ F/ dc/ B/|\
B/ A/ G/ F/ED/ E/| (F/E/) D B,/ A,/ B,/ D/ E/|FDD||\
d/ e/|{g/}fd/ f/ {f/}eB/ e/|d/ A/ B/ A/ (G/F/) (E/D/)|\
BE/ F/ (E/F/) G/ A/|BE/ F/ E/ F/ d/ e/|fc/ f/ eB/ e/|\
dA/ d/BF/ B/|D3/2 B,/ (A,/B,/) D/ E/|FDD|]

X:2
T:The Prince's welcome to the Isle of Sky
S:Aid's Airs, III [1788]
N:For the Violin
L:1/8
M:C
K:D
dB|\
A2D2 (GF)(ED)| A2D2 GFED| B2E2 E>FGA| B2E2 E>FGB|\
BAGF d2cB| BAGF GFED| FEDB, A,>B,DE| F2D2 D2::(de)|\
f2df e2ce| d2Bd BAGF| B2E2 EFGA| B2E2 EFGg|\
fedf edBe| dBAd BAGF| GFED A,B,DE| F2D2 D2::\
ag|f2d2 fgag| f2d2 fgaf| g2e2 efga| b2e2 e2ag|\
f2d2 fgag| f2d2 fgad| ABde faeg| f2d2 d2::g2|\
fedf edBe| dBAd BAGF| BeeE EFGA| BEeE EFGg|\
fedf edBe| dBAd BAGF| GFED A,B,DE| F2D2 D2:|]

X:3
T:The Prince's welcome to the Isle of Sky
S:Aird's Airs, III [1788]
N:For the Ger: Flute
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:G
"Moderato" ge|\
d2G2 (cB)(AG)| d2G2 cBAG| e2A2 A>Bc>d| e2A2 A>Bc>e|\
edcB g2fe| edcB cBAG| BAGE DEGA| B2G2 G2::(ga)|\
b2gb a2fa| g2eg edcB| e2A2 ABcd| e2A2 ABcc'|\
bagb agea| gedg edcB| cBAG DEGA| B2G2 G2::d'c'|\
b2g2 bc'd'c'| b2g2 bc'd'b| c'2a2 abc'd'| e'2a2 a2d'c'|\
b2g2 bc'd'c'| b2g2 bc'd'g| dega bd'ac'| b2g2 g2::c'2|\
bagb agea| gedg edcB| eaaA ABcd| eAaA ABcc'|\
bagb agea| gedg edcB| cBAG DEGA| B2G2 G2:|]


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 06:17 PM

Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
Onward the sailors cry Carry the twit who thought he'd be king
Over the sea to Skye.
Many the lad fought on that day trying to bring you back
You left the fight fast to save your own ass
Now Flora is on the rack etc

You went back to France you sing and you dance
With no thought of Flora's fate
You dressed like a whore to leave Scotlands shore
But your followers watch and wait....etc ^^


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Bruce O.
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 06:55 PM

I should have said original 'Twa Bonny Maidens" above. I can't see that Hogg's song has any relation to the Skye Boat Song.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 01:36 AM

Bruce O, are you saying that the first attribution of the tune to Carolan was in O'Neill's? I have "The Complete Works of O'Carolan," pub. by Ossian, that has it attributed to him, but it's very possible they got it from O'Neill's.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Bruce O.
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 01:21 PM

In reprinting the 213 tunes from Donal O'Sullivan's 'Carolan', that anonymous Ossian issue looks better, because they left off those messy looking asterisks that O'Sullivan used to denote 31 tunes that he concluded were mistakenly attributed to Carolan. I stand by my original statement.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for the info, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: GUEST,Rosa
Date: 19 Jun 04 - 09:10 AM

Does anybody have the notes to the song that goes ''Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing''? I've looked everywhere and the other ones on this page are too confusing to understand.
Thank-you.
Rosa O.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Metchosin
Date: 19 Jun 04 - 09:22 AM

Gueat Rosa,

Skye Boat Song


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 19 Jun 04 - 09:52 AM

I prefer the parody.

Also Brian McNeill's 'No Gods and Precious Few Heroes':

"And tell me will we never hear the end of puir bluidy Chairlie at Culloden yet again?
Though he ran like a rabbit doun the glen leaving better folk than him to be butchered."

or 'Strong Women Rule Us All':

"There's a moment of your story that has always haunted me
When you set out in yon open boat to help the poor man flee
Was Chairlie Stewart's future already plain to see?
Did you know he'd be a waster all his days?"


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 19 Jun 04 - 09:55 AM

Oops, sorry Kendall. I see you posted the parody 5 years ago!


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Subject: RE: Isle of Skye
From: Jim McLean
Date: 19 Jun 04 - 05:27 PM

I produced, arranged and recorded an LP called Bonnie Prince Charlie, sung by Alastair McDonald in 1972 and one of the tracks was 'Twa Bonnie Maidens'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Isle of Skye
From: Taconicus
Date: 19 May 11 - 03:40 PM

The Corries version of The Isle of Skye uses the tune that many Celtic Harp players call Planxty George Brabazon, when they play it.


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