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Scotland Goes Home

2009 is to be “The Year of Homecoming”. There is to be a marketing campaign to encourage the estimated 40 million people of Scots birth and descent scattered throughout the world to visit the land of their birth/origin during the year. 2009 is also the 250th anniversary of the birth of our national bard Rabbie Burns.

The song chosen to promote the campaign is Caledonia written by Scots folk singer Dougie McLean. Caledonia was the name given by the Romans to the northern part of Britain and is often used as an alternative/poetic name for Scotland. There are Caledonian Societies on every continent.

Here is the promotional video. (Warning! you may get a feeling of nausea when an elderly man who hasn’t lived in Scotland for decades for the sake of financial expediency says “Lech me chell you thatch I love you, ange I think abouchoo all the chime”)

Here is the definitive version of the song by Frankie Miller.

It’s also on youtube here but the owner doesn’t support embedding.

I think the song is not a bad shout for the national anthem. Lets face it, Flower of Scotland is a dirge. What do you think?