Over The Sea To Skye


I am tremendously heartened by discovering that the all-Virginia elementary school chorus sang The Skye Boat Song in their 2012 ensemble.  The performance is amateurish of course but so politically incorrect I imagined no child anywhere in the United State was being taught to sing this song, certainly in the last thirty years – even though it has one of the most beautiful choruses ever written.

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

A sense of why it’s so un-PC can be gained from the words of the last refrain:

Burned are our homes
Exile and death
Scattered the loyal men
yet ere the sword
Cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again

You can watch and listen to it here.