Our Scotland

by Calum Carlyle

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    This is the "Our Scotland" EP. It contains all three tracks from the single, plus a post-referendum song called "Don't Blame Me, I Voted Yes".
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    There is an alternative live version of "Our Scotland" here:
    http://youtu.be/J9w-24ozcmI
    filmed by Robyn Leith Stewart for her documentary "Singing In The Eye Of The Storm"
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    I've always written songs about subjects I feel passionately about, and this is a song which plugs into the popular consciousness in Scotland at the moment. Scotland's identity has been brought to the fore this year in a way that hasn't happened for a long time, and this song is my own contribution to Scotland growing up and hopefully becoming more self aware.
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    Also included is a bonus alternative version of "Our Scotland" from 2006 featuring Jimmy Carlyle on mandolin and harmony vocals.
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released September 30, 2014

All songs written by Calum Carlyle, 1 & 2 performed by Calum Carlyle, 3 performed by Calum & Jimmy Carlyle.

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I'm a musician and songwriter from Orkney, now based in Edinburgh. Have a listen to some of my music, i hope you enjoy it!

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Track Name: Our Scotland
A piper on Princes Street plays for the tourists
Who throw him their coins in reply
His Robertson tartan's a proud battered remnant
Of a Scotland that's long since gone by

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride

Well it's said that without the support of Great Britain
Our economy wouldn't be strong
But we've yet to be given the chance we deserve
To prove that that theory is wrong

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride

So we're facing the future and like it or not
There's decisions that have to be made
To survive as a colony of a long fallen empire
Is something i would happily trade

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride
Track Name: Headlines (2014 acoustic version)
Well i can't understand what you say anyway, half the time
Sometimes in, sometimes out, you're in tune on the dial in my mind

On my owsn behalf i'd like to say it's a pleasure to see you again
But is this art? I'd like to know, or is it something
That will never make the headlines...
Never make the headlines..

Well it's hard to comply with the rules that apply to you every day
Breathing in, breathing out, you'll be wearing a smile when you fly away

On my own behalf i'd like to point out the oxygen masks and parachutes
The exits are here, here and here
The passage will illuminate

Don't listen to the radio, the news is old and the pace is slow
Don't listen to the radio
The exits are here, here and here
The passage will illuminate

And this will never make the headlines...
Never make the headlines...
Track Name: Don't Blame Me, I Voted Yes
They're still sooking up all the money from our oil revenues
And spending it on foreign wars, we know this to be true
The MPs in London gave themselves a raise of 10%
And then they told the NHS that all the money had been spent

We could have had our independence from this situation
But only 45% said we should be a nation
So now we're going to have to take whatever comes, i guess
Don't blame me, i voted Yes

Tens of thousands of working parents must rely on charity
Just to put food on the table, in this economy
While the politicians and fat cats who bankrupted our state
Are swigging back the champagne and dining from silver plates

We could have had our independence from this situation
But only 45% said we should be a nation
So now we're going to have to take whatever comes, i guess
Don't blame me, i voted Yes

The elderly were frightened for their pensions
The papers blasted "You must all vote No!"
The mainstream media never thought to mention
How much better off we'd all be if we simply chose to go

So the middle classes voted to stay inside the UK
And now it's the disabled and the poor who'll have to pay
I'm sad to say that things'll just get worse in the next few years
I only hope we'll get our chance again and we can overcome our fears

We could have had our independence from this situation
But only 45% said we should be a nation
So now we're going to have to take whatever comes, i guess
Don't blame me, i voted Yes

Don't blame me, i voted Yes
Track Name: Calum & Jimmy Carlyle - Our Scotland
A piper on Princes Street plays for the tourists
Who throw him their coins in reply
His Robertson tartan's a proud battered remnant
Of a Scotland that's long since gone by

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride

Well it's said that without the support of Great Britain
Our economy wouldn't be strong
But we've yet to be given the chance we deserve
To prove that that theory is wrong

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride

So we're facing the future and like it or not
There's decisions that have to be made
To survive as a colony of a long fallen empire
Is something i would happily trade

Some day our wee country will again be a nation
I belong to Scotland and in Scotland i'll bide
I'll wait for that day with anticipation
They've taken our freedom but they'll no' take our pride