Audio Track: Nae Union (c) 2019 music & lyrics by Dougie Bendall
Nae Union is a new original song.
I marched. I travelled over 3,000 miles and marched. Along with over one hundred thousand others, I took part in the ‘All Under One Banner’ (AUOB) march on Saturday 6 October 2018 in Edinburgh. I marched with the best of people and felt honoured to gather alongside so many folks from across the globe, all of whom support independence for Scotland. A surprising number of tourists joined us, caught up in the positive atmosphere and family friendly organization, thanks to everyone at AUOB.
That day had a profound and lasting effect on me. I sensed people were changing. It was a tipping point, a realization that Indy is inevitable.
This year, I felt inspired to write a song about the Yes movement and how we stand on the shoulders of those giants that historically fought for Scottish independence. A banner from the battle of Culloden (shown below) gave me the idea to link a story about a group of Jacobites marching to the Culloden battlefield, to fight firstly for their kin and for an independent Scotland, and to a lesser extent for the deposed Stuart / Stewart crown/s.
The history of the Jacobites, has until recent years, been constrained to a predominant British Nationalist narrative. In my story, I wanted to describe imagery where the spirit of Scots, from then and now, join together to march in Edinburgh, with shared vision, separated only by time. Storytelling from a Scottish perspective, we need more of that!
Nae Union is a song about change. Its central message is that Scots need to find the strength and determination to support and build a new future, where we all prosper in our re-independent country. This is worth marching for throughout 2019. Like last year, AUOB marches will culminate in Edinburgh (on Saturday 5 October). Our target should be 200,000 participants, which would be equivalent to a 2m people march in England.
In 300 years time, what will our legacy be? Will future Scots celebrate our successful rising, or will Scots’ extant sovereignty be usurped by a one-nation perpetually deluded Greater English res publica? You can decide.
Let’s send a message to the world, the Jacobites, old, young and new are rising… one last time.
(C) 2019 lyrics and music by Dougie Bendall
Prosperity tae Scotland
And ‘nae union’ we cried
Wi scratched it on wir swords and shields
And wi held oor banners high
Prosperity tae Scotland
And nae union, a dream?
Frae Dalintober, Cambletown
Tae the Port, auld Aberdeen
The Jacobites are rising
Oor causes seldom seen
The Jacobites still rising
In the glens and on the street
And the ghost of every Jacobite
Still stands, wi you and me
We marched frae Lochaber
Through the driving wind and sleet
And when wi found Culloden Moor
Wi could barely feel oor feet
Within an hour wir slaughtered
Frae grape-shot and their blade
Betrayed by many kith and kin
Our lives would not be saved
A few hundred years later
Wir marching banners in hand
Under flags o’ many nations
Scots together make a stand
Prosperity tae oor country
And ‘Saor Alba’ we cried
Jacobite spirit rising
Wir vile nationalists
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