The film is being made for forthcoming trial installation. I want some sound – so I am using two complimentary border folk songs. The first, Waters of Tyne, I ‘collected’ from Hexham Library – recorded in this post. I need a compliment from the Scottish tradition.
The Border songs and ballads have a romantic veneer. Romance in terms of the emotions portrayed but also a minor glorification of the historical violence of the border. This was codified in the first half of the 19th century – ‘Walter Scott (1771-1832) was the first to attach cultural-historical significance to the border ballads.’
Scott repurposed marching songs and made up some of the ballads to contribute to his purpose of Scottish cultural creation.
I need Scottish and English readers now.
Border Ballad by Sir Walter Scott
Arch, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale,
Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order!
March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale,
All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border.
Many a banner spread,
Flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story.
Mount and make ready then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for the Queen and our old Scottish glory.
Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing,
Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow.
Trumpets are sounding,
War-steeds are bounding,
Stand to your arms, then, and march in good order;
England shall many a day
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the Blue Bonnets came over the Border.