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  • (Jim McLean)

    They murdered the Wallace for treason
    His body has long since decayed
    But no English crown can destroy him
    For Wallace is with us today

    They hung Wallace high on the gallows, then let him down ere he was dead
    And while he choked, the Queen cheered him for daring to cross English tent
    His heart and his liver they savaged as Her Majesty watched the glad scene
    His head was cut off, he was quartered, 'twas an afternoon fit for a queen

    He took up his sword against England, the cowardly sassenach ran
    He beat them at Falkirk and Stirling and burnt them like rats from our land
    King Edward of England was raging that Scotland was free once again
    The Scottish Republican Army had wiped out his best fighting men

    Oh William Wallace fought bravely, no Englishman could him defeat
    But English gold bought Scottish quislings, and he was betrayed by Menteith
    With a crown made of thorns he was tortured for setting his own country free
    How am I a traitor, cried Wallace, When England is foreign to me

    To Edinburgh, Stirling and Falkirk, from Inverness to Elderslie
    His spirit is calling for justice and commands us to set ourselves free
    And when once again we do battle for Wallace against England's scum
    We've no fear of betrayal to the Saxon - let them come, let them come, let them come

    (as sung by Nigel Denver)

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  • german [1992:] Edward Plantagenet [...] war ein harter, kriegerischer Mann. [...] Zu seinen Lebzeiten wurde er bekannt wegen seines brutalen Vorgehens gegen Schottland als der 'Hammer of the Scots'. Er unterwarf auch die Waliser. Versprechen brach er, wenn es ihm opportun erschien, und er ließ sowohl die schottischen als auch die walisischen Führer hängen, schleifen und vierteilen als abschreckendes Beispiel für jeden, der es wagte, sich ihm zu widersetzen. (Blundell / Blackhall 43)


Quelle: Scotland

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