Sunday, 23 September 2012

Lexie's Chain: The Eighty-Ninth Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to Week 89 of #lexieschain. Dis week was down to ma dad to choose coz I won last week. Last time was Skye Boat Song by The Corries. Let's see wot happened this week!

Lexie gave us “The Skye Boat Song” to follow wiv our next linky. Skye iz an island off Scotland. Annuver songy bowt a place by da sea in Scotland is “ Mull of Kintyre” which is bowt luvvly place in SW Scotland which is extreme tip of Kintyre peninsula (part of High Park Farm owned by Sir Paul McCartney) & woz ritted by Sir Paul n Denny Laine & performed by “Wings”. Da lyrics in bowf songs iz very similar in wot they say.

The winning linky last week was “The Skye Boat Song” by The Corries. For my linky this week *presses repeat button* I choose “Sailing” by Rod Stewart. This is another song about travelling over water to get back to person he loves & Rod Stewart is very proud of his Scottish heritage.

So den we is clapping paws at DJ Lexie's big win last week, The Skye Boat Songy by them Corries! It got dese paws a thinking about love and boats so we is making it 'Simples' and going wif da them songy Love Boat. BOL! It is a boaty full of loving!

Excellent choice by Briar ob da brilliant linky from our bery talented @djladylexie! Me does luff The Corries & folk music & dat was a good one. Another ob dere songs is Parcel ob Rogues which was also recorded by one ob me faborite bands, Steeleye Span. Another song recorded by boaf Steeleye Span & The Corries is my linky “Cam Ye Or’e Fra France”. All dese songs does hab a common feme in dat dey is political “Jacobite” songs... it does bring to mind a great line from anuvver song ...dey may hab won all da battles, but we habbed all da great songs... or is somefing like dat. Anyway dis is a catchy little tune (dat pokes a bit ob rood fun if you can figgur out & translate what dey is saying).

Ok, time for a history lesson. Last week's winner was The Corries with the Skye Boat Song. This song recounts the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye on a boat following the defeat of his Jackobite army at the Battle of Culloden. The Jackobites were trying to reinstate a Scottish King to the throne and Bonnie Prince Charlie was the grandson of the last King of Scotland. Most of the Jackobites were from the Highlands of Scotland and, accepting defeat, many Highlanders moved on and recommenced farming. Landowners soon realised their land was more profitable without pesky people living on it so started evicting tenants. During what became known as The Highland Clearances a number of Highlanders emigrated to America. On the Isle of Skye this story of emigration was turned into a dance called America. During the dance each of the couples successively whirls round in a circle, till all are in motion; and the dance seems intended to show how emigration catches, till a whole neighbourhood is set afloat. All of that is a very long winded way of saying that my link this week is Runrig (who are from the Isle of Skye) with "Dance Called America" play it loud and I defy you not to dance or at least tap your feet.

Well done to Lexie on her wonderful win last week giving us The Skye Boat Song from The Corries. Roy Williamson from The Corries wrote the unofficial Scottish anthem Flower of Scotland. This song has been sung by the Scottish national rugby team ever since 1974 when Billy Steele got the fans to sing it after their victorious Lions Tour.
My chosen linky, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is also associated with rugby and has been adopted by the English fans as their song since 1989. Many artists have recorded the song before Rugby World cups, my preference is for China Black and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

However, neither song was written with rugby in mind, Flower of Scotland was a folk song and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was originally a gospel hymn.


We see you did choose da Skye boat song last week and that song do ave wedrs in it wot go…..Burned are their homes, exile and death, Scatter the loyal men; Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath Charlie will come again. Charlie duss be Prince Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie or The Young Pretender who was the second Jacobite pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He probbly best known as the instigator of the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1745, in which he led an insurrection to restore an absolute monarchy. This make us fink of The Pretenders,,,,,and their big hit Brass in Pocket….

Hello. Here is my entry, last weeks was the beautiful Skye Boat Song, by the Corries, this lovely song is a lament for Scotland the words are so moving. My choice is La Mer by Charles Trenet, this is also a lament for the fall of France early in second World War. Both nations lost something irreplaceable.

Rite, we has to link to The Skye Boat Song. Well, one pure and simple linky is the best band to come out of Skye. Who? Runrig of course! Here they is wiv original lead singer, Donnie Munro (who has a fabulous voice, mum says). We have chosen their song 'The Greatest Flame'.

An the winner dis week .... as chosen by the dad ..... dus be  ........ @marleyterrier wiv Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders. Yay! Well done ma pal. So you dus be choosin next week. Rod Stewart was a close second! 

Now is time to get your finkin caps on an send me (find out how on da guidelines page fing) the next link in the chain. Da winner dis week dus be pickin da winner next week and dat means me!

It's over to you! Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) Sunday 30 September 2012. Oh smetimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title!  

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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