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Posted: 01-Jul-2003, 06:03 AM
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This tune is traditionally played at funerals, particularly military ones. It was played at my Dad's funeral, and my brother's - and I have stipulated it as one of the Laments I would like to be played at my own! It is seldom sung, it is usually played by a lone piper.

IT commemorates Culloden.

THE FLO'OERS O THE FOREST

I've heard them liltin',
At the ewe milkin,'
Lasses a-liltin' before dawn of day.
Now there's a moanin',
On ilka green loanin'.
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.

As boughts in the mornin',
Nae blithe lads are scornin',
Lasses are lonely and dowie and wae.
Nae daffin', nae gabbin',
But sighin' and sobbin',
Ilk ane lifts her leglin, and hies her away.

At e'en in the gloamin',
Nae swankies are roamin',
'Mang stacks wi' the lasses at bogle to play.
But ilk maid sits drearie,
Lamentin' her dearie,
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.

In har'st at the shearin'
Nae youths now are jeerin'
Bandsters are runkled, and lyart, or grey.
At fair or at preachin',
Nae wooin', nae fleecin',
The flowers of the forest are a' wede away.

Dool for the order
Sent our lads to the Border,
The English for ance by guile wan the day.
The flowers of the forest,
That fought aye the foremost,
The prime of our land lie cauld in the clay.

We'll hae nae mair liltin',
At the ewe milkin',
Women and bairns are dowie and wae.
Sighin' and moanin'
On ilka green loanin',
The flowers of the forest are all wede away.

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Posted: 01-Jul-2003, 10:10 AM
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This is the tune that I usually played when I was hired to pipe for a funeral. It is also the tune always played by the lone piper at all veteran's memorial services.


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So I knew I recognized it once I started humming it to the words....along with Amazing Grace upon the pipes would be lovely as a funeal selection....also sorry for any loss of kindred.


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Posted: 01-Jul-2003, 10:34 PM
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"Green Fields of France"

Chorus:
Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly,
did they sound the dead-march as they lowered you down.
And did the band play the Last post and chorus.
Did the pipes play the 'Flowers of the forest'.


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Posted: 20-Sep-2003, 10:51 PM
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Dool for the order
Sent our lads to the Border,
The English for ance by guile wan the day.
The flowers of the forest,
That fought aye the foremost,
The prime of our land lie cauld in the clay.


Steve McDonald has a song entitled 'Fallen Flowers'. It is off his 'Stone of Destiny' CD. Inside the CD cover, he talks about how it is said in Scottish mythology, that those who fell in battle would return as 'Flowers in the Forest'. How often, it happened, that many a young mother's son was cut down in his prime during the honor of battle. Now I know where he got the inspiration.


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The morning after the battle...
Left are only the dead and dying...
With only the occasional pauper looting the bodies,
A young man, not much more than a boy lies mortally wounded,
Staring into the sky, his life flashes before him,
and near that moment of death he cries out for his mother's embrace

Amidst his pain, she hears, and amidst her tears, he feels.


'Fallen Flowers'

There on a misty morning, the sun slowly rise
After the Battle of Halidon Hill
There lies her youngest son, tears in his eyes
Wounded and dying she hears him still.

Ma, if I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end (I would)
I would give all these things in vain
To feel you hold me once again.

A smile comes to his face
An uneasy calm
In front of him, his life flashes by
Amidst his boyish charms,
he feels his mother's arms
In that painless moment, he hears her cry.

Son, if I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all of my fears (I would)
Just to hold you once again.

Remember me forever
I'll be here forever
Please forget me never
I'll be here forever

If I could roll back the years
If I could see through these tears
If I could face all my fears
And, if I could live my life again
If I could call the world my friend
If I could write the stories end.
(I would)
To live a thousand years of pain
Just to hold you once again.




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Posted: 21-Sep-2003, 07:08 AM
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Fallen Flowers, What a tear jerker! That is a beautiful song.

I have no sons...When a war breaks out I am glad I have only daughters.

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Posted: 21-Sep-2003, 06:08 PM
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It is heartwrenching - but it is a wonderful song, thank you for sharing.

Well, I've only got sons...it reminds me what really is essential in my life and how rich I am having them!



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Posted: 21-Sep-2003, 08:38 PM
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I am kind of partial to the song myself. I spent over 4 years in the service and lost several good friends. But the music and the melody that goes with the lyrics....one really ought to hear it. McDonald is really good at reaching out and touching you with his music.
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Ranger,
I'm awfully sorry you had to make this sort of experience which I hope my sons will never have to! sad.gif

But you are absolutely right that one has to hear the song ... I did so and it gave me the creeps.
Thank's for that hint. By the way, I bought the CD... walkman.gif

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Posted: 23-Sep-2003, 12:37 PM
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Thank's for that hint. By the way, I bought the CD... 
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Great. I think you will enjoy it. He's got another one entitled 'Sons of Somerled'. His music and CD's are kind of unique in that they also give all sorts of trivia/history info. Glad you liked it. You'd think I get kickbacks from the way I promote him, huh? tongue.gif
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LOL! biggrin.gif
I can't make up my mind... LOL!
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Posted: 24-Sep-2003, 09:04 PM
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why decide? Splurge and get them both. The holiday season is around the corner. I'm sure you deserve it. thumbs_up.gif biggrin.gif
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"I'm sure you deserve it."

Well that's the ultimate, "unbeatable" argument as you're absolutely right. thumbs_up.gif

Will do so!!! biggrin.gif - Time to nourish soul and mind...

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QUOTE (ranger @ Sep 20 2003, 11:51 PM)

Steve McDonald has a song entitled 'Fallen Flowers'. It is off his 'Stone of Destiny' CD. Inside the CD cover, he talks about how it is said in Scottish mythology, that those who fell in battle would return as 'Flowers in the Forest'. How often, it happened, that many a young mother's son was cut down in his prime during the honor of battle. Now I know where he got the inspiration.

Can you eloborate on this myth for me?

Part of my novel is the story of a young American woman who send her Scottish husband off to fight in the War to End All Wars...... Needless to say when dealing with a conflict best known for its sheer butchery of human life, not all who saw the horrors lived to be old men.

What does the myth mean by 'Flowers of the Forest'? Is it literal like the Greek flower myths that the dead return as a flower, or is it more metaphoric? That those who died on the battle fields remain ever alive within the memories of those they left behind, like the flowers blooming evry spring?

Is this a recorded myth or more an underlying belief that is spoken through song and story?


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