I now live in England, but I was born and grew up in Scotland. I moved to England almost 17 years ago. Now, after all this time, my thoughts drift back to a song written and performed by my dad, Davy Steele.
Dad was a folk singer, he was well-known. He was passionate about Scotland and Independence.
He wrote a song called, ‘Scotland Yet’. The lyrics are:
‘Gie noo a thocht to what we hae, in this land o’ the leal
The Highland glen, the Doric stream, the fertile Lowland field
They seem tae offer different views when looked at from within
Can strangers be the only eyes to see us a’ as yin?‘
‘The choice will be upon us soon, tae set oor destiny
I’ll drink a toast tae Scotland yet, whatever yet may be.‘
‘Oor mither tongue spoke different weys, that past tae present ties
Each seperate and yet entwined, that’s where oor real strength lies
For should one strand unwind itself the others tae forsake
Than a’ would be forever lost, fur a’ the strands would break.’
‘While we still seek to blame oor woes and pains on someone else
We’ll never have the strength tae solve oor problems for oorselves
In truth we fought each other mair, learn this from oor past
Then together we can choose fur oorsells at last.’
This is an exciting time for the people of Scotland, by this I mean everyone who lives there regardless of their country of origin. The debate hasn’t quite set fire in England, yet. However, from what I have seen and heard, the debate so far has come from mainly the Yes campaign. They are gathering their local movements and going out to the country and engaging people in the debate. The No campaign unfortunately, has resorted to scaremongering. They have been quite negative in their campaign, so far.
A few months before my dad was diagnosed with brain tumours, we had talked about this song. I had asked him why he never performed it live anymore. His belief was that, in choosing devolution, Scotland had made her decision.
I know he felt that when politicians got involved in anything, they could spoil it very quickly. I hope that, now the date for the referendum has been called, that the debate will be a good, honest one.
Am I hoping for too much?