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The Flower of Scotland

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Flower of Scotland 1 (Flir na h-Alba in Gaelic) is the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, a role for which it competes against the older Scotland the Brave. Flower of Scotland was written by Roy Williamson of folk act The Corries.

The song is a particular favourite of Scottish Rugby fans, who first adopted it for the Lions tour of South Africa in 1974. The last two lines of each verse are generally sung with particular ferocity, especially before games against England. The Scottish Football Association adopted Flower of Scotland as its official pre-game anthem in 1997, following the Scottish Rugby Union's example. Typically at sporting events, the words "'GAINST WHO?" will be inserted by Scottish supporters after the line "And stood against him".

The song refers to the victory of the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, over the English, under Edward II, at Bannockburn in 1314.

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Original lyrics

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.
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.

Gaelic lyrics

FLR NA H-ALBA

O Fhlir na h-Alba,
cuin a ch sinn
an sersa laoich
a sheas gu bs 'son
am bileag feir is fraoich,
a sheas an aghaidh
feachd uailleil Iomhair
's a ruaig e dhachaidh
air chaochladh smaoin?

Na cnuic tha lomnochd
's tha duilleach Foghair
mar bhrat air lr,
am fearann caillte
dan tug na seid ud grdh,
a sheas an aghaidh
feachd uailleil Iomhair
's a ruaig e dhachaigh
air chaochladh smaoin.

Tha 'n eachdraidh dinte
ach air dochuimhne
chan fheum i bhith,
is faodaidh sinn irigh
gu bhith nar Roghachd a-rs
a sheas an aghaidh
feachd uailleil Iomhair
's a ruaig e dhachaidh
air chaochladh smaoin.

O Fhlir na h-Alba,
cuin a ch sinn
an sersa laoich
a sheas gu bs 'son
am bileag feir is fraoich,
a sheas an aghaidh
feachd uailleil Iomhair
's a ruaig e dhachaidh
air chaochladh smaoin?

Scots lyrics

O Flouer o Scotland,
Whan will we see
Your like again,
That focht and dee'd for,
Your wee bit Hill an Glen,
An stuid agin him,
Prood Edward's Airmy,
An sent him hamewart,
Tae think again.

The Hills is bare nou,
An Autumn leafs
Lies thick an still,
Ower land that is lost nou,
That thae sae dearly held,
That stuid agin him,
Prood Edward's Airmy,
An sent him hamewart,
Tae think again.

Thir days is past nou,
An in the past
They maun remain,
But we can aye rise nou,
An be the nation again,
That stuid agin him,
Prood Edward's Airmy,
An sent him hamewart,
Tae think again.

O Flouer o Scotland,
Whan will we see
Your like again,
That focht an dee'd for,
Your wee bit Hill an Glen,
An stuid agin him,
Prood Edward's Airmy,
An sent him hamewart,
Tae think again.

Notes

  • Note 1: The technically correct, but rarely used, title of the song is The Flower of Scotland.

External links

de:The Flower of Scotland fr:The Flower of Scotland ga:The Flower of Scotland nl:The Flower of Scotland no:Flower of Scotland pl:Hymn Szkocji sco:Flouer o Scotland

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