I have just been out to the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh to hear a friend, Bob Murray talk about and sing possible national anthems for Scotland. There were lots of contendesr - eight of which we heard to night including
Scots Wha Hay
Flower of Scotland
Auld Lang Syne
Scotland the Brave.....
and the current national anthem.
Lots of thing to consider such as ease of singing, range and intervals, how they would sound on different instruments, what the words meant, whether they were introspective or outward looking, positive or negative etc.
Not one of them tired al the boxes. However I was pretty shocked to hear more of the versa of the current Royal nation anthem which is as follows:
" Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
May he sedition hush,
And like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush.
God save the Queen!"
Hmmm. It rarely sung now thank goodness.! Of course this song was written and being performed around the time of the Jacobite rebellion. Nevertheless I didn't clock that verse before now. Very interesting night.