• Duration: 5 minutes
  • Soloist(s): Soprano
  • Instrumentation: Piano OR Strings, flute & oboe
  • Published by: Novello

The Skye Boat Song is a late 19th century Scottish song recalling the journey of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye as he evaded capture by Government troops after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

This is the third work from the collection of eight new arrangements of traditional folk songs, written for the soprano Laura Wright and her Number One selling album The Last Rose.


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[Chorus] Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand on the shore,
Follow they will not dare.[Chorus]

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.[Chorus]

Many’s the lad fought on that day
Well the claymore did wield;
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden’s field.[Chorus]

Burned are their homes, exile and death
Scatter the loyal men;
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.[Chorus]

Words: Sir Harold Edwin Boulton, 2nd Baronet (1859 – 1935)