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GUEST,Observer Review: Flower of Scotland - which rendition? (19) RE: Review: Flower of Scotland - which rendition? 09 Jan 19


The suggestion of "Hermless" as a National Anthem for Scotland appeals to my sense of the ridiculous.

Imagine the scene - Six Nations Rugby Tournament - The sides are lined up:

At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the "Soldiers Song" & "Ireland" are played for the Irish Team

At Twickenham "God Save The Queen" is played for England

In Cardiff "Land of My Fathers"

And through all that the Scots Team has to stand there and listen to:

Hermless

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

Wi' ma hand on ma heart and ma heart in ma mooth
With arms that could reach o'er the sea
Ma feet might be big but the insects are safe
They'll never get stood on by me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

Ah save a' the coupons that comes wi' the soup
And when Ah have saved fifty-three
Ah put three in the drawer and send fifty away
And something gets posted tae me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

There's one or twa pals that Ah ca' my chums
They're canny and meek as can be
There's Tam wi' his car, Big Ed wi' his stamps
And Big Lexie Gilmour and me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then I come hame for ma tea

Hermless, hermless,
There's never nae bother frae me
Naeb'dy would notice if I wasnae there
And I didnae come hame for ma tea

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I dae what I'm telt and I tidy my room
Then I come doon for ma tea

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I jist hang aboot and inherit the earth
Then I come doon for ma tea

The Team and their supporters would be dead from embarrassment before they were a third of the way through it.

But just think of the howls of derision at the awards ceremony, as someone else previously pointed out, in the unlikely event that a Scottish Boxer won the Heavyweight Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games - Priceless as the Ad used to say.

Nothing wrong with "Scotland The Brave".


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