Skye Boat Song

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

The Skye Boat Song is een Schots volksliedje dat herinnert aan de ontsnapping van Prins Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) van South Uist naar het Isle of Skye na zijn nederlaag bij de Slag bij Culloden in 1746. 

 

Het lied vertelt hoe Bonnie Prince Charlie na de nederlaag van de jakobietenopstand in 1745 weet te ontsnappen. Met de hulp van Flora MacDonald slaagt hij erin om, vermomd als dienstmeisje, in een kleine boot te ontsnappen. Het lied is een traditionele uiting van jacobitisme en het verhaal werd een Schotse legende.

 

Er werden veel covers van het lied gemaakt. De versie van Roger Whittaker en Des O'Connor haalde in 1986 elf weken de Britse UK Singles Chart. Een van de meest recente is die voor de televisieserie Outlander uit 2014.

Songtekst Outlander:

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone

Say, could that lass be I?

Merry of soul she sailed on a day

Over the sea to Skye

 

Mull was astern, Rùm on the port,

Eigg on the starboard bow

Glory of youth glowed in her soul

Where is that glory now?

 

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone

Say, could that lass be I?

Merry of soul she sailed on a day

Over the sea to Skye

 

Give me again all that was there

Give me the sun that shone

Give me the eyes, give me the soul

Give me the lass that's gone

 

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone

Say, could that lass be I?

Merry of soul she sailed on a day

Over the sea to Skye

 

Billow and breeze, islands and seas

Mountains of rain and sun

All that was good, all that was fair

All that was me is gone

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone

Say, could that lass be I?

Merry of soul she sailed on a day

 Over the sea to Skye

Originele songtekst:

 

[Chorus:] 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,

Thunderclouds rend the air;

Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,

Follow they will not dare.

[Chorus]

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,

Ocean's a royal bed.

Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep

Watch by your weary head.

[Chorus]

Many's the lad fought on that day,

Well the Claymore could wield,

When the night came, silently lay

Dead on Culloden's field.

[Chorus]

Burned are their homes, exile and death

Scatter the loyal men;

Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath

Charlie will come again.


Culloden, momument ter nagedachtenis aan de Jacobietenopstand in 1746
Culloden, momument ter nagedachtenis aan de Jacobietenopstand in 1746