the candidates for a Scottish National Anthem.
The music and lyrics are by Dougie MacLean. The song is published by Limetree
Arts and Music.
I don't know if you can see the changes that have come over
In these last few days I've been afraid that I might drift away
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs that make me think about where
I came from
And that's the reason why I seem so far away today
Ah but let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had
I have moved and kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing, found others on the way
I have tried and I've kept on trying, stolen dreams, yes there's no denying*
I have travelled hard, sometimes with conscience flying somewhere in the wind
Now I'm sitting here before the fire, the empty room, the forest choir
The flames that couldn't get any higher, they've withered, now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear and I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands have shaken and the kisses flow Oh I will disappear
Performed by a group from Ullapool High School in 1998.
* The original lyric for this line was "I have kissed
the ladies and left them crying". Dougie changed the lyric for Frankie
Miller when he released Caledonia as a single and feeling comfortable with the
new lyric himself, carried on singing the new version!
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