Skye Boat Song

"Skye Boat Song" lyrics Sir Harold Boulton, 1884, music traditional

Performed by Marc Gunn
from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion


Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry
Carry the lad that's born to be king
Over the sea to Skye

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunder clouds rend the air;
Baffled our foe's stand on the shore
Follow they will not dare

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep
Ocean's a royal bed
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head

Many's the lad fought on that day
Well the claymore could wield
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden's field

Burned are our homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men
Yet, e'er the sword cool in the sheath,
Charlie will come again.

Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

Chords: KEY F

[F]Speed bonnie boat, like a [C]bird on the wing,
[F]Onward, the [Bb]sailors [F]cry [C]
[F]Carry the lad that's [C]born to be king
[F]Over the [Bb]sea to [F]Skye

[Dm]Loud the winds howl, [Gm]loud the waves roar,
[Bb]Thunder clouds rend the [Dm]air;
Baffled our foe's [Gm]stand on the shore
[Bb]Follow they will not [Dm]dare [C]


Skye Boat Song is a beautiful song about the Jacobite Rebellion.


Skye Boat Song Videos

from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion CD







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