Year 5 Music

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Skye Boat Song

by Sir Harold Boulton

‘Skye Boat Song’ is a Scottish folk song about Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape by boat to the Isle of Skye. A claymore is a large, two-edged sword.

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Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward! The sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air,
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

[repeat chorus]
Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch o’er your weary head.

[repeat chorus]
Many’s the lad fought on that day,
Well the claymore could wield,
When the night came, silently lay
Dead in Culloden’s field.

[repeat chorus]
Burned are our homes, exile and death,
Scatter the loyal men.
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath,
Charlie will come again.
[repeat chorus]

This song is adapted from page 197 of What Your Year 5 Child Needs to Know.