Anthems of a Peedie Nation

by Kirkwall City Pipe Band

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released October 18, 2007

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Track Name: Orkney Anthem
Tae the reek o' the rushing tideways
Tae the fling o' their froth and foam
Tae the spouting hedge, by the iron ledge
O' skerry and reef and holm.

CHORUS
Isles ne'er forgotten,
Be your sons afar alone
Or ringed they be by their ain native sea
Waes hale, they drink tae their own.

Tae the brochs o' forgotten builders
Each howe wi' its spectral wraith
Tae the ruins' hoar, by the ancient shore
O' the kirks o' the ancient faith.

CHORUS
Isles ne'er forgotten,
Be your sons afar alone
Or ringed they be by their ain native sea
Waes hale, they drink tae their own.

Tae the riven rock rims around them
Tae stack and skerry and geo
Tae the cliffs piled high wi' their heads in the sky
and their feet in the surge below.

CHORUS
Isles ne'er forgotten,
Be your sons afar alone
Or ringed they be by their ain native sea
Waes hale, they drink tae their own.
Track Name: Freedom Come All Ye
Roch the wind in the clear day’s dawin
Blaws the cloods heelster-gowdie ow’r the bay,
But there’s mair nor a roch wind blawin
Through the great glen o’ the warld the day.
It’s a thocht that will gar oor rottans
A’ they rogues that gang gallus, fresh and gay
Tak the road, and seek ither loanins
For their ill ploys, tae sport and play

Nae mair will the bonnie callants
Mairch tae war when oor braggarts crousely craw,
Nor wee weans frae pit-heid and clachan
Mourn the ships sailin’ doon the Broomielaw.
Broken faimlies in lands we’ve herriet,
Will curse Scotland the Brave nae mair, nae mair;
Black and white, ane til ither mairriet,
Mak the vile barracks o’ their maisters bare.

So come all ye at hame wi’ Freedom,
Never heed whit the hoodies croak for doom.
In your hoose a’ the bairns o’ Adam
Can find breid, barley-bree and painted room.
When MacLean meets wi’s freens in Springburn
A’ the roses and geans will turn tae bloom,
And a black boy frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o’ the burghers doon.
Track Name: Caledonia
I don't know if you can see the changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid that I might drift away
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs, that make me think about where I come from
That's the reason why I seem so far away today

CHORUS
Let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had

I have moved and I've kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing, found others on the way
I have tried and I've kept on trying, stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have traveled hard sometimes with conscience flying somewhere in the wind

CHORUS
Let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had

Now I'm sitting here before the fire, the empty room the forest choir
The flames that couldn't get any higher they've withered now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear and I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands have shaken and the kisses flow then I will disappear

CHORUS
Let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had

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