Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Jackson Browne - The Pretender

WEDNESDAY CLUB

THE YOUNG PRETENDER
THE BONNIE PRINCE

 
JACKSON BROWNE - The Pretender
Well I am Scottish and it is only right I give my take on the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie, I hope you like it. Och Aye! 

BPC

The Clans gathered round
travelled many a mile
there to meet a Bonnie Prince
home from foreign exile
back to  lead his cheering  men
return to us our  Scottish pride
will never again relinquish
win back his rightful crown
stolen by the English

We will follow blind
this merry band
follow our Bonnie Charlie
into the heart of England


The battle at Prestonpans
victory for us to start
the glorious march down south
thru middle England's heart
we were a riotous merry band
all in sight of London's reach
the height of all our powers
one great final push for us
and the prize is ours

We will follow blind
this merry band
follow our Bonnie Charlie
into the heart of England


We waited far too long
for our friend ally France
no help from them ever came
had we lost our chance
many men they just got bored
and we were forced to retreat
it was soon very clear to see
that great Jacobite dream
was never meant to be

A last desperate  stand
desolate  Culloden Moor
all the men were tired and beat
finished that's for sure
our Prince's dreams in tatters
we are left for cannon fodder
one final brave last stand
not one prisoner was taken
by butcher Cumberland

Oh! where are you now
Young Pretender
back safe in exile's haven
leaving us here to suffer


Soon the soldiers came
all these bloody English
in their uniforms of scarlet red
they had a job to finish
why did they steal all our food
and burn down our little crofts
leaving us with all this pain
families turned out to face
a howling winter's rain

Oh! where are you now
Young Pretender
back safe in exile's haven
leaving us here to suffer

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22 June 2016 at 15:03

Didn't the Mackenzie clan fight on the side of the English?

I find Jackson Browne similar in style to Bruce Springsteen with that 'blue collar' ballad thing going on but what made Bruce the Boss? Better songs? The E-Street Band?

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22 June 2016 at 18:12

FC - Nah! you read the wrong books that was the Macdonalds...they went into catering...we discovered Canada....and made whiskey and sang songs,

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