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Brobdingnagian Bards - Real Men Wear KiltsYe Jacobites By Name

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From: Real Men Wear Kilts

words and music Robert Burns

Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear, lend an ear
Ye Jacobites by name lend an ear
Ye Jacobites by name your faults I will proclaim
Your doctrines I must blame, you shall hear.

What is right and what is wrong by the law, by the law
What is right and what is wrong by the law
What is right and what is wrong, a short sword and a long
A weak arm and a strong for to draw.

What makes heroic strife famed afar, famed afar?
What makes heroic strife famed afar?
What makes heroic strife, to whet the assassin's knife
Or hunt a parent's life with bloody war.

Then leave your schemes alone in the state, in the state
Then leave your schemes alone in the state
Then leave your schemes alone, adore the rising sun
And leave a man alone to his fate.

Then leave your schemes alone, adore the rising sun
And leave a man alone to his fate...
And leave a man alone to his fate.

KEY Am

verse/chorus:
Am F G
Am Em Am
C G
Am Em F G
Am Em Am

Background: Song about the Jacobite Revolution of 1746. The song was re-written by Robert Burns in 1791. Patrick D. writes, "I doubt that it is written about the Jacobite Uprising in 1745, and may be more of a warning against Jacobite sympathies and the possible consequences. Alternatively, since it was written in 1791, it could be a warning against Jacobinism during the French revolution".

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