Aye tunesOctober 12, 2014
Ten songs for Scottish independence (and one poem)
They may have lost the referendum, but they won the battle of the songs. Here are ten of the best new songs inspired by the Yes Campaign. I use my words carefully here. What unites these songs is a sense of hope, that people are on the rise, and that a different Scotland is possible (along with a healthy injection of contempt for Westminster politics). Most of them could not have been written before the Yes Campaign began to take off. There’s not the sense of nostalgia, of looking back, that we find in Dougie Maclean’s Caledonia – “telling old stories, singing songs, that make me think about where I come from”, nor do they fall back on national stereotypes to support their argument.
We begin with a poem :
Colin McQuillen – Alright Westminster
And here’s my ten songs. If you know of any better ones written in 2014, please post the links.
Andy Clark & the Independence Singers – We’re aw Votin’ Aye!
Ballboy – JK Rowling changed my vote from No to Yes!
Callum Baird – Better Off Alone
Calum Carlyle – Our Scotland
Citizen Smart – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright
Eddi Reader – We Are Everything
Glesga Poet & The Mad Squad – Independent
Macanta – Be A Nation
San Fran and the Siscos – Yes
Stanley Odd – Son I Voted Yes