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Skye Boat Song


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Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
Onward the sailors cry
Carry the lad that's born to be king
Over the sea to Skye

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar
Thunder clouds rend the air
Baffled our foe's stand on the shore
Follow they will not dare

Though the waves leap soft shall ye sleep
Ocean's a royal bed
Rocked in the deep Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head

Many's the lad fought on that day
Well the claymore could wield
When the night came silently lay
Dead on Culloden's field

Burned are our homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men
Yet e'er the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.
The chords In the key of  G major

Em Em Am Am     Em C C C    
Em Em Am Am     Em C Am D

G Em D D     G C G D     G Em D D     G C G G

The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.