I’m running out of songs that have a link to the Scottish national team.

Come on Rod, even if they blow it for next year you should still do yet another one with the squad.

No I’m not kidding.

Well who else are they going to get ? Arab Strap ?

– One band that the Scotia FA have never tapped up (or if they have might’ve been turned down by them) is The Proclaimers.

And because as I said I am running out of Scotia fitba+music stuff so this is one that is about Scotland, but isn’t about the Scotland team. But it is about Scotland and in my opinion is one fine track.

» The Proclaimers – Scotland’s Story

The Proclaimers
From the 2001 album Perverse

Michael McGrory from west Donegal
You came to Glasgow with nothing at all
You fought the landlord then the Afrika Korps
When you came to Glasgow with nothing at all

Abraham Caplan from Vilnius you came
You were heading for New York, but Leith’s where you’ve stayed
You built a great business which benefits all
Since you came to this land with nothing at all

In Scotland’s story I read that they came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
But so did the Irishman, Jew and Ukraine
They’re all Scotland’s story and they’re all worth the same

Joseph D’Angelo dreams of the days
When Italian kids in the Grassmarket played
We burned out his shop when the boys went to war
But auld Joe’s a big man and he forgave all

In Scotland’s story I’m told that they came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
But where’s all the Chinese and Indian names?
They’re in my land’s story and they’re all worth the same

Christina McKay, I learned of your name
How you travelled south from Delny one day
You raised a whole family in one room they say
And the X on the line stands in place of your name

So in the old story I’ll bet that I came
From Gael and Pict and Angle and Dane
And a poor migrant girl who could not write her name
It’s a common old story, but it’s mine just the same

All through the story the immigrants came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
From Pakistan, England and from the Ukraine
We’re all Scotland’s story and we’re all worth the same
Your Scotland’s story is worth just the same

…and continuing from yesterday… with a track which can be found on their 2007 album Life With You.
It is their take of Wreckless Eric’s classic:

» The Proclaimers – Whole Wide World

Extra Time:
Another cover from them (no not that one).
It can be found on their 2003 album Born Innocent.
The song was originally by The Vogues and was used as the theme tune on The Drew Carey (part-owner of the Seattle Sounders) Show.

» The Proclaimers – Five O’Clock World

From Scotland to the whole wide and then a five o'clock...just spotted that.

Postscript – Some actual football talk now: Of their double header they take on Holland first on Saturday, with the usual list of pullouts due to injury this one match will be their biggest ask. Best of luck and I hope they can pull off some sort of result.

4 Replies to “Proclaim Scotland”

  1. What was the name of the Scots singer who made an MTV style video in the early 90’s. He was waving a claymore and singing about Scotland. I’d love to track it down.

  2. Ah man I had completely forgotten about that ! Remembered instantly as soon as I saw the video.

    (You still play this as soon as you wake up every morning don’t you Dave ?
    – And every weekend you re-enact the video….)

    I first saw this on the Max Headroom show and would you believe, I found the clip on YouTube.

    Thanks for the posts chaps. I’ve got to find a fitba connection, but even if not I’m still going to post this sometime in the future.

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