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Highland Road

  • (Words Hilton Brown / Music Ian McCalman)

    Chorus:
    The Highland Road's been sung before and will be sung again
    So long as singers give thanks for good in the way of honest men
    Let him who will be contrary, the wise men all agree
    And sing again the Highland Road, the Highland Road for me

    Fife was a shadow across the Forth when the Granton boat pulled out
    Over the sea and solid earth the mist lay all about
    But a rousing wind from the Isle of May o'er the ruffled waters strode
    And blew us a clear October day to ride on the Highland Road

    There's a winding road from Glenfarg to the mouth of the River Tay
    The mountains beckon beyond Dunkeld to lead us on our way
    Now Killiekrankie's famous pass, a battle lost and won
    From the old enchanted Atholl land, grim heart of Caledon

    Well the Highland Road is a rugged road from the Tay to the northern shore
    A man may rise in Edinburgh town and rest in Aviemore
    Now here's to the railroad running north and the day that gave its due
    From the greying spires of the ancient town to the moon on the Lairig Gru

    Final chorus:
    The Highland Road's been sung before and will be sung again
    So long as singers give thanks for good in the way of honest men
    Let him who will be contrary the wise men all agree
    It's the North Road, the Atholl Road, the Highland Road for me

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1986:] Based on the poem October Running by Hilton Brown. (Notes McCalmans, 'Peace and Plenty')

  • [1995:] The Highland road in question was the old road between Edinburgh and Inverness, when the ferry went from Granton, and threaded its way through Glen Farg, Dunkeld and onwards through the Grampians. When the poem was written at the beginning of the century the marvel was getting from Edinburgh to Inverness in one day. With the traffic on the A9 these days, nothing has changed. (Notes McCalmans, 'Festival Lights')

  • [1997:] I found this poem in an obscure collection, the 'Scottish Minstrel', and added the chorus and the tune. (Pr. comm. Ian McCalman)

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