An other milestone! After so long away I never thought this series would reach 300 but here we are. Today’s music had to be special and I’ve gone back to a Sunday Morning Coffee show to bring this to you.
I wrote this in early January 2011,
“We finish with one of my favourite songs, not just of Dick Gaughan or of Hamish Henderson - the composer, but of all time. Gaughan writes this of the song:
This song is so rich in imagery and symbolism that it is impossible to give an adequate understanding of it without writing a major treatise. Basically, the main theme is anti-imperialism coupled with the recognition of the part that Scots have played in the conquest and subjugation of other peoples within the British Empire and the anticipation of the day when all peoples are truly free and can meet in peace and friendship.”
Many have said that this song should be Scotland’s national anthem but it won’t …. unfortunately. I wrote this elsewhere last Friday,
“[T]he lyrics describe our vision and the past we want to leave behind.”
Enough! It’s music-time!
Freedom Come All Ye Dick Gaughan
Roch the wind in the clear day's dawnin
Nae mair will the bonnie callants
Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom
I doubt I’ll reach 400 but, if not, I’ll remember 300!