Robert Burns: Scots Wha Hae


Written by Burns as a tribute to King Robert the Bruce and William Wallace; two of his heroes, and indeed the whole Scottish Nation. This is Bruce’s call to his men before the start of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Set to the tune “Hey Tuttie Tatie” an age old marching tune from medieval times. Sung regularly at Burns Suppers and many other gatherings of Scots across the world. I have tried to give it some dignity here. Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has aften led, Welcome to your gory bed Or to victorie! Now’s the day, and now’s the hour: See the front o’ battle lour, See approach proud Edward’s power – Chains and slaverie! Wha will be a traitor knave? Wha will fill a coward’s grave? Wha sae base as be a slave? – Let him turn, and flee! Wha for Scotland’s King and Law Freedom’s sword will strongly draw, Freeman stand or freeman fa’, Let him follow me! By oppression’s woes and pains, By your sons in servile chains, We will drain our dearest veins But they shall be free! Lay the proud usurpers low! Tyrants fall in every foe! Liberty’s in every blow! Let us do or dee! This is NOT the punk version which you will find elsewhere…..

25 thoughts on “Robert Burns: Scots Wha Hae

  1. It just doesn’ get any better than this Kev. Roll on the Bowhill Peoples Burns Supper.Jock.

  2. Brilliant version of the song. The blend of solemnity and defiance in the tone is perfect.

  3. I honestly didn’t think I’d hear the Corries’ version bettered.

    Thanks for sharing, mate.

  4. I honestly didn’t think I’d hear the Corries’ version bettered.

    Thanks for sharing, mate.

  5. Can’t wait to hear that anthem as the flag of St. Andrew, is raised over the battlements of Edinburgh Castle just after midnight on the 1st of May……hopefully in the not to distant future.

  6. Kev… Greetings…
    Mr. Burns still offered a great tribute to Robert I “king of Scots”…. Additionally, your cover of Mr. Burns’ lyrics is tremendous! I really enjoyed your rendition of the poem
    Joseph B. Stewart
    Prescott, Arizona
    USA

  7. @josephbstewart
    and greetings to the US…
    by the way, Bruce was King of Scots, not Scotland…his choice ;o)

  8. Mr. Burns, excellent tribute to Robert I, King of Scotland. Thank you,
    Joseph Bruce Stewart
    Prescott, Arizona, USA

  9. @LindsayCurran
    Singing is my passion…its a bonus to be appreciated…thnx!

  10. Very well done! I especially appreciate knowing it’s set to Hey Tuttie Tatie, a marching song from medieval times – and the dignity you’ve given it. Thank you!

  11. Well sung Kev! There is something about the tempo, the feel, the defiant sentiment of this song that always makes me think this is the real national anthem of Scotland.

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