'Promises' - Wilderspin


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A new song written by Mark Wilderspin about the infamous Glencoe massacre which toook place on 13th. February 1692.The actual facts and circumstances relating to this tragic event are often skewed and misunderstood and commonly dismissed and explained solely as an inter-clan feud between the Campbells and MacDonalds but as is so often case the truth is more complex and machiavellian and much of the blame lies at the feet of the Scottish Secretary of State at the time, John Dalrymple.The enduring memory of the event is not least founded on the moral unacceptability of the abuse of common hospitiality and the basic inhumanity demonstrated by the actions before dawn on that day.PROMISESPromises are made intended for the keepin' On the slopes of old Glencoe under windswept skiesAugust '91 the King offers a pardonTo the Highland clans so heathen and despisedThe showing of allegiance to guarantee mortalityTo quieten the rebels and their causeHarmony and unity for those for whom conformityOffers up the hope of something morePromises are kept through the hours of daylightFollowing the road as it snakes and windsOver barren hills and through the highland rivers Passing by Loch Leven deep and wideThe failing of the winter light late December New Year's nightReaching Inverlochy before dawnAmbushed by the hand of fate - the realisation all too lateThe oath at Inverary should be swornPromises are sealed six days past the deadlineThe MacDonalds give their word in the name of peaceBut Campbell of Glenlyon with a grudge long in the makingAnd an army now assembled make their wayGiven hospitality by those for whom conformity Had offered up the hope of something more Several days of harmony - an end to all hostilityCould it be that that peace had conquored war?Promises are broken on the thirteenth day of FebruaryAt five a.m. before the break of dawnForty of the clan below the age of seventyNever live to see another sunNo shelter on the hillside for those escaping treacheryHunger and exposure take their tollImmortalised in history there for all eternityIn memory of all those hopeful souls

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Artist: Wilderspin
Video title: 'Promises' - Wilderspin
Category: Folk Traditional
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Submitted by: CelticRadio