Henry's Songbook

All original copyrights respected / For private use only

go to  de   Susannes Folksong-Notizen   English Notes  uk

Scottish Breakaway (Coronation Coronach)

  • (Trad / Thurso Berwick)

    Nae Liz the Twa, nae Lilibet the One
    Nae Liz will ever dae
    We'll mak' oor land Republican
    In a Scottish breakaway

    Noo Scotland hasnae got a King
    And she hasnae got a Queen
    How can ye hae the Second Liz
    When the First yin's never been

    Her man he's cried the Duke o' Edinburgh
    He's wan o' the kiltie Greeks
    Och dinnae blaw ma kilt awa'
    For it's Lizzie wears the breeks

    He's a handsome man and he looks like Don Juan
    He's beloved by the weaker sex
    But it disnae really matter at a'
    'Cause it's Lizzie that signs the cheques

    Noo her sister Meg's got a bonny pair o' legs
    But she didnae want a German or a Greek
    Poor aul' Peter was her choice but he didnae suit the boys
    So they sellt him up the creek

    But Meg was fly an' she beat them by an' by
    Wi' Tony hyphenated Armstrong
    Behind the pomp and play the question o' the day
    Wis, Who did Suzie Wong

    Sae here's tae the lion, the bonnie rampant lion,
    An' a lang streitch tae his paw
    Gie a Hampdon roar an' it's oot the door
    Ta-ta tae Chairlie's maw

    (as sung by Alex Campbell)

    Tune: The Sash My Father Wore

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1980:] Morris [Blythman, aka Thurso Berwick] was [...] emphasising the hard actuality of incident as opposed to abstraction as the way forward in song protest. He illustrates precisely this in his own Scottish Breakaway, a nationalist and republican song, using as its moral the English attitude towards Scotland as epitomised by calling the Queen the 'Second' instead of the first Elizabeth of a United Kingdom, and as its 'incident' the popular interest in the refusal of the Palace to allow Princess Margaret to marry Captain Townsend. It uses a highly [un-]popular (even hated!) tune, The Sash. (Norman Buchan in Cowan 175)

  • [1984:] The Queen's accession to the throne in 1952 inspired a new flow of songs. Coronation Coronach, to the Orange tune The Sash, is in some ways the archetype of the folk-rebel song: it is both Republican and Nationalist, springing from the not unreasonable reaction of many Scots to the Queen's title of Elizabeth II. [...] This seems to have been the first time a similar objection had been raised since the Union of the Crowns (though some murmurings were heard at the time of Edward VII) - an indication no doubt of raised national consciousness. (Munro, Revival 50)


Quelle: Scotland

go back de  S-Index uk

 Sammlung : Susanne Kalweit (Kiel)
Layout : Henry Kochlin  (Schwerin)

aktualisiert am 16.06.2002