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  • The Commonwealth Games came to Scotland in July 2014. It was a much anticipated event as 71 Commonwealth Countries came to visit. This was an important time for Scotland as we will vote, in September, on whether to beome an independent nation or not. At the opening ceremony Nicola Bernedetti, the celebrated violinist, played the tune The Bonnie Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond. What was incredibly moving experience this was when all the Scots in the audience sang along with her. I felt a huge surge of pride for my country as we sang together in unison. Hearing all the people in the auditorium singing together touched into a deep well of common lineage of the the beautiful tribal nature of what it is to be Scottish. To feel my own celtic heritage rise within me, and within the thousands who sang along with Nicola, was a wonderful beginning to the 'friendly Games'.

    The lyrics of song relate to the Jacobean times (circa 1600) when Scotland was fighting for independence. Two friends, possibly brothers, are 'abroad' fighting for independence and one of them is killed. They both wish to return to home to Scotland and the one who is alive takes the 'high road' and the other takes the 'low road'. The low road is a journey home through the mystical 'faery land' of the soul returning.

    The lyrics of the song are;

    By yon bonnie banks an' by yon bonnie braes
    Whaur the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
    Whaur me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
    On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.

    Chorus:

    O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low road
    And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
    Fir me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
    On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.
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