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The Wee Magic Stane (John McEvoy) Oh the Dean o' Westminster wis a powerful man, He held a' the strings o' the state in his hand. But with a' this great business it flustered him nane, Till some rogues ran away wi' his wee ma-gic stane." cho: Wi' a too-ra-li-oor-a-li-oor-a-li-ay." Noo the stane had great pow'rs that could dae such a thing And withoot it, it seemed, we'd be wantin' a king, So he called in the polis and gave this decree-- "Go an' hunt oot the Stane and return it tae me." So the polis went beetlin' up tae the North They huntit the Clyde and they huntit' the Forth [ie, west & east] But the wild folk up yonder jist kiddit them a' Fur they didnae believe it wis magic at a'. Noo the Provost o' Glesga, Sir Victor by name, Was awfy pit oot when he heard o' the Stane So he offered the statues that staun in the Square [made of stone] That the high churches' masons might mak a few mair. When the Dean o' Westminster wi' this was acquaint, He sent for Sir Victor and made him a saint, "Now it's no use you sending your statues down heah" [English accent] Said the Dean, "But you've given me a jolly good ideah." So he quarried a stane o' the very same stuff An' he dressed it a' up till it looked like enough Then he sent for the Press and announced that the Stane Had been found and returned to Westminster again. When the reivers found oot what Westminster had done, [thieves] They went aboot diggin' up stanes by the ton And fur each wan they feenished they entered the claim That THIS was the true and original stane. Noo the cream o' the joke still remains tae be tellt, Fur the bloke that was turnin' them aff on the belt At the peak o' production was so sorely pressed That the real yin got bunged in alang wi' the rest. So if ever ye come on a stane wi' a ring Jist sit yersel' doon and appoint yersel King Fur there's nane wud be able to challenge yir claim That ye'd croont yersel King on the Destiny Stane. The Stone of Scone, on which the Bruce was crowned, is a basic symbol of Scottish culture and nationalism. Therefore, it was "removed" to Westminister Abbey by the English. It disappeared on 12/25/51. There was considerable investigation and a similar rock was eventually recovered. Several forged copies were then displayed which were identical to the "recovered" one. I believe the whereabouts of the original is still an open question. The Scots thought this was pretty funny and enough songs appeared to honor the circumstances to be published in a small book, Sangs o' the Stane; (Scottish Secretariat.) "The Wee Magic Stane" is by far the best known of them and may be the only one still sung. This version acquired from 101 Scottish Songs, compiled by Norman Buchan; Wm. Collins Sons and o. Ltd.; Glasgow & London (1962) Also see "Superintendent Barrett." AJS AJS
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