Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears (Brian McNeill) There's a moment of your story That has always haunted me When you set out in yon open boat To help the poor man flee Was Charlie Stuart's future Already plain to see Did you know he'd be a waster on his days If you did, I'd give the world to find A single tear you cried From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas You showed us one and all The courage you could call From the tears that would not fall From your eyes And after thirty years After all that you'd been through us been marriede haven' been a Just a memory to rue As you watched your husband putting on His coat of scarlet hue To go and fight for German Geordie's crown But you never tried to hide behind The dreams of days gone by From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas You showed us one and all The courage you could call From the tears that would not fall From your eyes And there's times I think I see you When I find that kind of face When a woman's independance Has kept a woman's grace Where confidence and pride Refuse to know their place Or hide behind the easy tricks of beauty For to me your lights are like the chimes Across the stormy skies From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas You showed us one and all The courage you could call From the tears that would not fall From your eyes From the Cuillins tae the Carolinas Strong women rule us all With the courage that they call When the tears refuse to fall From their eyes ----------------------------------------------------------------------- recorded by Brian McNeill & Kieran Halpin on the live sampler of the 3rd St Patrick's Day Celebration Festival (1992) (available only in Germany, I'm afraid) and by Brian on "Back Of The Northwind" (1992) Brian's intro to the song was: "200 years ago there was a woman named Flora McDonald. Very very famous in Scotland, she saved Bonnie Prince Charlie after the civil war of 1745. For that she is a real hero in Scotland. With no reason, because Bonnie Prince Charlie was a complete idiot. Something like Margaret Thatcher's son for example. Maybe worse. The song is a hymn to women's power." This is a kind of modern Jacobite song. The Cuillins are a mountain range on the Scottish Isle of Skye, where Charlie Stuart fled to by boat after the battle of Culloden. This trip and Flora McDonald are commemorated in the famous "Skye Boat Song" (SKYEBOAT). In her later life, after having spent several years in prison for helping Charlie flee, Flora emigrated with her husband to South Carolina. In 1776, her husband fought for the English forces. After the American victory, she returned to her native Skye and died there. MJ copyright Magnetic Music filenam MJ
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