A Scottish Soldier
"A Scottish Soldier" is a Scottish folk song. The lyrics were written by Andy Stewart. The song is about a dying Scottish soldier, wishing to return to the hills of his homeland rather than die in Tyrol. The song was one of two US chart entries by Andy Stewart. "A Scottish Soldier" reached no. 1 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, spent 36 weeks in the UK Singles Chart in 1961 and was in the top 50 in the USA for over a year.
The tune, "The Green Hills of Tyrol", is a well-known melody in the Scottish bagpipe tradition and was transcribed by John MacLeod during the Crimean War from "La Tua Danza Sì Leggiera", a chorus part in the third act of Gioachino Rossini's 1829 opera Guglielmo Tell (William Tell). Rossini adapted that tune from Alpine folk music.
This song was also the entrance theme of professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
There was a soldier, a Scottish soldier Who wandered far away and soldiered far away There was none bolder, with good broad shoulders, He fought in many a fray and fought and won
He's seen the glory, he's told the story Of battles glorious and deeds victorious But now he's sighing his heart is crying To leave these green hills of Tyrol
cho: Because these green hills are not highland hills
Or the Islands hills they're not my lands hills, As fair as these green foreign hills may be They are not the hills of home..
And now this soldier, this Scottish soldier, Who wandered far away and soldiered far away Sees leaves are falling, and death is calling And he will fade away, on that dark land
He called his piper, his trusty piper And bade him sound a lay, a pibroch sad to play Upon a hillside but Scottish hillside Not on these green hills of Tyrol
And now this soldier this Scottish soldier Who wanders far no more, and soldiers far no more Now on a hillside, a Scottish hillside You'll see a piper play this soldier home
He's seen the glory, he's told the story Of battles glorious and deeds victorious But he will cease now, he is at peace now Far from these green hills of Tyrol
- About the song
- Andy Stewart Page
- "A Scottish Soldier" on YouTube
- "La Tua Danza Sì Leggiera" on YouTube
- "A Scottish Soldier". Andy Stewart: An Illustrated Record. Retrieved 2014-05-09.