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Flower Of Scotland
- Early version -
(Roy Williamson - The Corries LTD)

O Flower of Scotland
Will we see your likes again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit Hill and Glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


The hills are bare now
Autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that’s been lost now
Which those so dearly held
That stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


O Flower of Scotland
Will we see your likes again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit Hill and Glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again



Flower Of Scotland
- Album version (1974) -
(Roy Williamson - The Corries LTD)

O Flower of Scotland
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit Hill and Glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


The hills are bare now
And autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now
Which those so dearly held
That stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


Those days are past now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


The hills are bare now
And autumn leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now
Which those so dearly held
O Flower of Scotland
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit Hill and Glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's Army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

Flower Of Scotland


Flower Of Scotland, Flùr na h-Alba in Scottish gaelic, is the unofficial anthem of Scotland.
Lyrics and tune have been written by Roy Williamson (The Corries) in 1968. It was at first used by the Scottish fans of the famous British Lions rugby team during their 1974 tour in South Africa.
In March 1990, during the last match of the Five Nations Championship between England and Scotland, it was played for the first time in Murrayfield, just before Scotland's victory (13-7).
In 1993, the Scottish Rugby Union decided that Flower Of Scotland will be played before every match to replace… God Save The Queen!
The song celebrates the victories of the Scottish patriots against the English invasion during the first independence war (1296-1328).
After the saga of William Wallace, the Scottish army led by Robert The Bruce sent home once again the troops of the Proud King Edward during the battle of Bannockburn (1314). The two wars of the 14th Century will lead to almost four centuries of Scottish independence.

Nota bene : this score comes directly from the way The Corries sang the tune, particularly in bars 5 and 7; you may find other scores that ignore this point.

- score written by Éric Mac Lewis with CelticPipes

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