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Bring Back The Wolf

  • Brian McNeill

    Bring back the wolf, bring back the eagle
    But the dark-eyed child and the red-haired man
    Are still gone from the glen
    So why don't you try to bring back the people
    You just don't care or you're too damn scared
    To make the highlands real again

    Hey there, brother bear - what's it like out there
    Nice cave, nice view - is there room for two
    Could you tell me who to call
    We don't need a lot - just a bit of what you've got
    Just enough to feed our children and leave them walking tall

    Hey there, brother hawk, up there watching me walk
    It's a single track road and a heavy load
    I'm leaving you behind
    There's just no room in your new Brigadoon
    So the seventh son of the seventh son is moving down the line

    Hey there, brother fat cat, you always know where the money's at
    You know how to shout and you know how to shoot
    And you know the shots to call
    I can just hear your laughter because you've got what you're after
    You've been trying to make us a theme park since the Romans built the Wall

    Final chorus:
    Bring back the wolf, bring back the eagle
    But the dark-eyed child and the red-haired man
    Are still gone from the glen
    So why don't you try to bring back the people
    You just don't care what it's like out there
    Till we all buy shares in the mountain air
    So keep it nice and bare for you're too damn scared
    To make the highlands real again

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1995:] Ever since that spot of ethnic cleansing called the clearances, the state of the highlands has attracted the improving attentions of the great, the good - and the plain daft. How is this vast emptiness to be filled? One solution seriously mooted a few years back was to settle Hong Kong's population there after China reclaims its bit of rock in 1997. (Great things these government think tanks, eh? A few pints down the pub in Whitehall, and bang, there's the answer.) Anyway, no sooner had the laughter died on that one than the next one arrived; restock the highlands with its past wildlife; wolves, bears, etc. A few humans, of course, to man the concession stands and sell the postcards ... Bring Back the Wolf gives my considered response to this. When, oh when are these b......s goingh to stop patronising us? What the highlands need is real jobs and real investment, and a long hard look at how to make both work best. (Notes Brian McNeill, 'No Gods')

  • [1999:] [The] World Wide Fund for Nature wants to bring back [wolves] to our neighbourhoods after their eradication centuries ago. [...] This beautiful creature would adorn any remote area such as a Scottish glen, say conservationists - though not all agree. 'It's funny, but the desire to reintroduce wolves to Scotland seems to get stronger the farther south you go,' says George Anderson of Scottish Natural Heritage. 'Personally, I'd put them back in Epping Forest and see how the English like that. [...] There is no chance we will approve any plan to bring back the wolf for the foreseeable future.' (Robin McKie, The Observer, 28 Feb)

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