A Scottish Soldier

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"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.[1]

The tune, "The Green Hills of Tyrol", is a well-known retreat march in the Scottish bagpipe tradition. It 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).[citation needed]. Rossini adapted that tune from Alpine folk music.

This song was also the entrance theme of professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

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  1. ^ "A Scottish Soldier". Andy Stewart: An Illustrated Record. Retrieved 2014-05-09.