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Thread #4984   Message #3976338
Posted By: GUEST
12-Feb-19 - 10:57 AM
Thread Name: The Flower of Scotland
Subject: RE: The Flower of Scotland
I am sure Roy did not intend it to be anti-English. Nevertheless, it celebrates and sentimentalises (“wee bit hill and glen”) a long-ago military victory against England. Many of us pro-Indy Scots are very uncomfortable with that focus, and would rather seek songs that celebrate Scotland in its own right and its traditions of internationalism.   It’s quite right to say that The Freedom Come-All-Ye was a response to Macmillan’s Winds of Change speech, but it is also thoroughly - on every line - about Scotland and about Scotland coming to terms with its past and finding a new place in a post-imperial world.