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Old 06-28-2020, 10:05 AM   #1
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I am reading a new, and outstanding, Erik Larson book (actually, all his books are outstanding), titled, "The Splendid and the Vile", about Churchill, family and the defiance during the blitz in WWII.

There is a passage: "The sirens sounded in London again that night, and Colville was finishing dinner with a friend, a member of the King's Guard, in the guards' dining room at St. James's Place. The men had moved on to cigars; a bagpiper was marching around the table playing 'Speed Bonnie Boat.'..."

I am not familiar with that tune. Are any of you? And is there another name for it?
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:07 AM   #2
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I just realized: Skyeboat Song?
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:40 AM   #3
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I just realized: Skyeboat Song?
Exactly sir.
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Old 06-28-2020, 12:18 PM   #4
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..."over th' sea to Skye"...

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Old 06-28-2020, 12:22 PM   #5
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Thanks, Mates! I'm just imaging the scene of Colville (secretary to Churchill) and his colleagues sitting around a table, smoking cigars, and a piper marching around the table (at least as described) while London was being bombed. That tune is not what would have come to mind! I'm not sure what would, though I guess I would have been playing something more to lift the spirits in such a time!!
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:38 PM   #6
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Without wishing to call too much attention to current events, it's incredible the capacity humans have for adopting new situations as "normal", even when they're anything but.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:45 PM   #7
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Without wishing to call too much attention to current events, it's incredible the capacity humans have for adopting new situations as "normal", even when they're anything but.



Ah, Callum II, and to All,

I have long been... surprised... dismayed... aghast...
dumbfounded... and all sorts of other descriptions...
at our humankind's seemingly inexhaustible gift for
projection (DSM V :) and self-delusion... which would
appear... to border upon... The Infinite... :)

However, for the cited setting... "The Skye Boat Song,"
to me, at least, it would have been (relatively) well known,
of hopeful sentiment... and apropos... of the Times...

Regards to All, and Wishing Good Fortune in
Choosing the Right Tune... for the Right Time,


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Old 06-28-2020, 11:56 PM   #8
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Thanks, Mates! I'm just imaging the scene of Colville (secretary to Churchill) and his colleagues sitting around a table, smoking cigars, and a piper marching around the table (at least as described) while London was being bombed. That tune is not what would have come to mind! I'm not sure what would, though I guess I would have been playing something more to lift the spirits in such a time!!
The lyrics demonstrate this is (I think) the ultimate defiance in the face of the enemy.
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