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BANNOCKBURN
Gordon Menzies

Edward of England northwards did ride
Will yon Scotsmen fight was the question that he cried
Will yon Scotsmen fight, ay in darkness or daylight
We shall die or be free cried the Bruce.
 
Chorus :
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce
Will yon Scotsmen fight, ay, in darkness or daylight
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce.
 
A hundred thousand Sassenachs had rallied to their king
And Edward King of Scots was the boast that he did sing
No English King of Scots, though our freedom's dearly bought
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce.
 
The brave and mighty Bruce to his countrymen did turn
Stand fast and true when you reach the Bannock Burn
Stand fast and true, for this land belongs to you
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce. 
 
The longbows of England and forty thousand horse
Deadly and grim fell upon the Scottish force
Deadly and grim, still we sing our battle hymn
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce.
 
The Bannockburn is won, the Sassenachs are fled
Nothing now remains but the dying and the dead
Nothing now remains but a Scottish monarch reigns
We shall die or be free, cried the Bruce.
Footnote : Gordon Menzies of Gaberlunzie fame has added many fine songs to the Scottish Folk tradition. A re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn will be held next weekend (Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 20040, under the auspices of The National Trust for Scotland, on Trust property at Bannockburn.
 

 


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