Hey, Johnnie Cope, Are Ye Waking Yet?
|"Hey, Johnnie Cope, Are Ye Waking Yet?"|
|Written by||Adam Skirving|
|Recorded by||The Corries, Planxty|
The song, written by Adam Skirving to a well known tune, gives an account from the Jacobite viewpoint of the Battle of Prestonpans. In the battle, which took place during the Second Jacobite uprising, Sir John Cope was the commander of the government troops, and was defeated in a dawn attack by the Jacobites.
The song includes several apocryphal incidents, including challenges conveyed by letters between Cope and his rival Bonnie Prince Charlie, as well as exaggerated accounts of Cope's cowardice. It also includes an account of him fleeing from the battle all the way back to Berwick, being the messenger of his own defeat, which is also doubtful. The battle, however, was a decisive victory for the Jacobites.
It has been recorded by Ewan MacColl, The Corries, Natalie MacMaster, The Tannahill Weavers, Charlie Zahm, Planxty, Emerald Rose, Back o' the Moon and many others. "Johnnie Cope" has been arranged many times for both solo voice and choirs, most notably by Ken Johnston for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the National Boys' Choir. It was performed at the Glasgow leg of Proms in the Park 2007, along with other Johnston arrangements.