Celtic Skin

by Dalriada

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As I came in fae Auchindoun Just a wee bit fae the toun Tae the Hi'lands I was bound To view the Haughs of Cromdale I met a man in tartan trews I spiered at him what was the news Quo' he, "The Hi'land army rues That e'er we came to Cromdale "We were in bed sir every man When the English host upon us came A bloody battle then began Upon the Haughs of Cromdale The English horse they were so rude They bathed their hoofs in Hi'land blood But our brave clans they boldly stood Upon the Haughs of Cromdale "But alas! We could no longer stay For o'er the hills we came away Sore we did lament the day That e’er we came to Cromdale." Thus the great Montrose did say "Can you direct the nearest way? For I will o'er the hills this day And view the Haughs of Cromdale." "Alas my lord you're not so strong You scarcely have two thousand men There’s twenty-thousand on the plain Stand rank and file on Cromdale." Thus the great Montrose did say “Hi’land man show me the way For I will o'er the hills this day And view the Haughs of Cromdale." They were at dinner every man When the great Montrose upon them came A second battle then began Upon the Haughs of Cromdale The Grant, Mackenzie and McKay Soon as Montrose they did espy O then they fought most valiantly Upon the Haughs of Cromdale The McDonalds they returned again The Camerons did their standard join McIntosh played a bloody game Upon the Haughs of Cromdale The Gordons boldly did advance The Frasers fought with sword and lance The Grahams made their heads to dance Upon the Haughs of Cromdale The loyal Stewarts with Montrose So boldly set upon their foes And brought them down with Hi'land blows Upon the Haughs of Cromdale Of twenty-thousand Cromwell's men Five-hundred fled to Aberdeen The rest of them lie on the plain Upon the Haughs of Cromdale
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V1 Wake the sleeping child the time has come Ring the kirk bell beat the battle drum Sing your freedom song We’ve been waiting for so long The lion heart beats strong Let this wind of change take you along V2 You need not be afraid any more The brave new world is there outside you door Keep the dream alive Brothers sisters heed the call See the mighty fall We’ll walk with pride standing tall Ch1 Raise your head We’re moving on now there’s no turning back Brace yourself Hit the road running fast Make like it’s going to last V3 Sing your freedom song We’ve been waiting for so long The lion heart beats strong This wind of change takes you along Ch2 Raise your head We’re moving on now there’s no turning back Brace yourself Hit the road running fast Make like it’s going to last Say what you want to say Be what you want to be
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There's nought but care on every hand In every hour that passes o What signifies the life of man And 'twere na' for the lassies o Green grow the rashes o Green grow the rashes o The sweetest hours that e'er I spend Are spent among the lassies o The worldly race may riches chase And riches still may fly them o And though at last they catch them fast Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them o Gi'e me a cannie hour at e'en, My arms about my dearie o And worldly cares and worldly men May a' gae tapsalteerie o Green grow the rashes o Green grow the rashes o The sweetest hours that e'er I spend Are spent among the lassies o You sae douce ye sneer at this Ye're nought but senseless asses o The wisest man the world e'er saw He dearly loved the lasses o Auld Nature swears the lovely dears Her noblest work she classes o Her prentice hand she tried on man And then she made the lasses She made the lassies Green grow the rashes Green grow the rashes o Green grow the rashes o The sweetest hours that e'er I spend Are spent among the lassies Green grow the rashes
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03:22
V1 Look out your window open your eyes It’s not hard to see you’re living next door to paradise Down by the river below the willow tree I’ll be waiting so come and join me V2 There’s too many people afraid to give in To open their hearts and minds to the yearning within It’s no mystical secret only desire If you want it you’ll find it without walking on fire Ch1 It’s all around you reach out and touch it and see You belong to this land and this land is your destiny V3 You talk about leaving whatever the price But are you aware of the personal sacrifice Maybe some day you’d look back and see You were closer to heaven when you were with me Ch2 An��d it’s all around you reach out and touch it and see You belong to this land and this land is your destiny Ch3 Yes it’s all around you reach out and touch it and see You belong to this land and this land is your destiny You belong to this land and this land is your destiny
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Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear, lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name yer faults I will proclaim Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear, you shall hear Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear What is right and what is wrong by the law, by the law What is right and what is wrong by the law What is right and what is wrong a short sword and a long A weak arm and a strong for to draw, for to draw A weak arm and a strong for to draw, for to draw Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear, lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name yer faults I will proclaim Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear, you shall hear Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear What makes heroic strife famed afar, famed afar What makes heroic strife famed afar What makes heroic strife to whet the assassin's knife And haunt a parent's life wi bloody war, bloody war And haunt a parent's life wi bloody war Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear, lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name yer faults I will proclaim Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear, you shall hear Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear Then leave yer schemes alone in the state, in the state Then leave yer schemes alone in the state Then leave yer schemes alone, adore the rising sun And leave a man alone to his fate, to his fate And leave a man alone to his fate Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear, lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear Ye Jacobites by name yer faults I will proclaim Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear, you shall hear Yer doctrines I maun blame you shall hear
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Why weep ye by the tide lady Why weep ye by the tide I’ll wed ye tae my youngest son And ye shall be his bride And ye shall be his bride lady Sae comely tae be seen But aye she let the tears down fa’ For Jock o’ Hazeldean Now let this wilfu' grief be done And dry that cheek sae pale Young Frank is chief of Errington And Lord o’ Langleydale His step is first in peaceful ha' His sword in battle keen But aye she let the tears down fa’ For Jock o’ Hazeldean A chain of gold ye shall not lack Nor braid tae bind your hair Nor mettled hound nor managed hawk Nor palfry fresh and fair And you the foremost o’ them a’ Shall ride our forest queen But aye she let the tears down fa’ For Jock o Hazeldean The kirk was decked at morning tide The taper glimmered fair The priest and bridegroom wait the bride And dame and knight were there They sought her baith by bower and ha’ The lady was not seen She's ower the border and awa’ Wi Jock o’ Hazeldean Wi Jock o’ Hazeldean
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Scots wha ha'e wi' Wallace bled Scots wham Bruce has often led Welcome to your gory bed Or to victory Now's the day, now's the hour See the front of battle lour See approach proud Edward's power Chains and slavery Wha for Scotland's king and law Freedom's sword will strongly draw Freeman stand or freeman fa' Let him follow me Let him follow me Wha will be a traitor knave Wha can fill a coward's grave Wha sae base as be a slave Let him turn and flee Lay the proud usurpers low Tyrants fall in every foe Liberty's in every blow Let us do or die Let us do or die By oppression's woes and pains By your sons in servile chains We will drain our dearest veins But they shall be free Scots wha ha'e wi' Wallace bled Scots wham Bruce has often led Welcome to your gory bed Or to victory Now's the day and now’s the hour See the front of battle lour See approach proud Edward's power Chains and slavery
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02:34
If you want me take me as I am If you don’t well that’s just tough I’ve learned to live with what they always told me Sometimes’s good’s not good enough I gave up trying when I Found that I was lying to myself I could take you to the place I’m going Where even strong hearts find it tough Give me your best and I will make it better Just being good’s not good enough Don’t be afraid to stand for What your heart believe’s in So follow on for hope and love and glory Don’t expect help from above If you can make it to your destination You’ll find that good is good enough Give me a reason Why I’m the one to see this through Is there a hope in hell It’s something you would want to do Show me you’re not laughing to yourself So if you want me take me as I am If you don’t well that’s just tough When I make it to my destination I’ll know that good is good enough I’ll know that good is good enough I’ll know that good is good enough
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V1 Show me a troubadour I’ll give you the best I’ve got He was an atman Maybe the best of the lot Show me a superstar Never to fall from grace I'll show you a radical Cream of the human race Br The truth about your life I want to know Tell me the truth about your life How it came to be this way Ch1 You’re different class I cannot see past you Rulers and kings do powerful things They never outlast you See the beau-monde take a different view Let the bravehearts do what they do You’re different class We could step up change the world eventually V2 Show him in celluloid Show him with feet of clay Crude as a rude-boy Good for a roll in the hay Or praised like a patron saint Made up and set in stone Harder than hardcore He'd rather be stripped to the bone Br The world misunderstood a tinder heart Said that if he could He’d wipe away the tears from all eyes Ch2 You’re different class I cannot see past you Rulers and kings do powerful things They never outlast you See the beau-monde take a different view Let the bravehearts do what they do You’re different class We could step up change the world eventually Mid Gonna be a long time coming Man to man will brothers be For auld lang syne For auld acquaintance We could change the world eventually Ch3 You’re different class I cannot see past you Rulers and kings do powerful things They never outlast you See the beau-monde take a different view Let the bravehearts do what they do You’re different class We could step up change the world eventually Change the world eventually
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Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon, How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair How can ye chant ye little birds And I sae weary fu' o' care Thou’ll break my heart thou warbling bird That wanton through the flow'ry thorn Thou minds me o' departed joys Departed never to return Aft hae I rov'd by bonnie Doon To see the rose and woodbine twine And ilka bird sang o' its love And fondly sae did I o' mine Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose Fu' sweet upon its thorny tree And my fause lover staw my rose But ah! she left the thorn wi' me But ah! she left the thorn wi' me
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V1 Freedom sold with a heart of gold Nothing to gain in return Union proud to be free allowed To rule the waves never be slaves again Three hundred years of hopes and fears Beginning to tell on you That’s old enough to be fair enough The flower is not ascending and words are never-ending Ch1 London calling me I’m going round and round again London calling the odds are falling Never be the same again V2 ��I am only afraid at most Of missing the turn of the tide Where nations bound by states and crowns Have nothing left to offer but pride But I can’t help but think there’s a fix on the brink And there’s no one to comfort me So it’s goodbye to most of that heavenly toast The lions heart is breaking the Old Pretender’s faking Ch2 London calling me I’m going round and round again London calling me I’m going down Ch3 London calling me I’m going round and round again London calling the odds are falling Never be the same again London calling me I’m going up and down again London calling me I’m coming back again I’m coming back again Goin’ round and round again Goin’ round and round again
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05:09
By yon bonnie banks, by yon bonnie braes Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond Me and my true love were ever wont to gae On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond 'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen On the steep steep side o’ Ben Lomond Where in purple hue the Hi’land hills we view And the moon coming out in the gloaming Ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak’ the low road And I'll be in Scotland afore ye But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring And in sunshine the waters are sleeping But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again And the waefu' may cease fae their greetin' Ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak’ the low road And I'll be in Scotland afore ye But me and my true love will never meet again On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond
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folk-rock

This is a compilation derived from two earlier albums released in the 1990s. The tracks have been reworked with some editing, overdubbing and remastering giving them a more contemporary sound. Track 10, Different Class (a tribute to Burns), is a new piece recorded in 2013. The material is a mixture of original and traditional song alongside some instrumentals. The compliment of musicians who feature comes from the cream of the Scottish crop.

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released July 30, 2013

recorded 1991, 1998, 2013

produced-arranged by CLARK SORLEY
original compositions by SORLEY & KENNEDY

COLIN KENNEDY - vocals, guitars
CLARK SORLEY - piano, bass, studio instruments
ROBBIE DALE- electric guitar
RAB HANDLEIGH - violin, bodhran
EILIDH SHAW - violin
ALASTAIR McDONALD - mandolin, percussion
SANDY BRECHIN - accordion
JOHN CARMICHAEL - accordion
LORRAINE JORDAN - bouzouki, voice
SIMON THOUMIRE - concertina
DOUGIE PINCOCK - pipes
JOHN SAMPSON - whistle
MICHAEL LAWRENCE - acoustic bass guitar
LIZ PRYCE - backing vocals
LORNA BROOKS - backing vocals
CAROL LAULA - backing vocals
AVRIL JAMIESON - backing vocals
JOHN BEALES QUARTET- strings

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