Often mistaken for a traditional Scottish song, this melody was composed by German musicians
(Berliners fond of bagpipes) Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb in 1982 for
a Highland games held in Germany.|
It has become so popular that it has been proposed as the Scottish national anthem to replace unofficial anthems Scotland the Brave and/or Flower of Scotland.
The imagined story behind the words goes that under the reign of King James I
of Scotland and England, all clan chiefs were asked to meet in a secret place,
the Highland Cathedral (St Columba Church of Scotland, Glasgow), to pledge and ending
to their constant feuding, and live in peace.|
This they did (as intended) when Highland Cathedral has been played to emphasize the feeling of a National unity. Then peace reigned but, alas, only for as long as the king lived.
Pop singer Madonna chose "Highland Cathedral" for her church wedding ceremony in Scotland (December 2000) and the melody is also played in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.
Land of the thistle and the rowan tree
Scotland a nation, proud and free.
Under the Saltire, flying high for me,
Leading us onward to victory.
Aiming high for all to see,
High in the mountains the die was cast,
Terre du chardon et du sorbier,
L’Ecosse est une nation fière et libre.
Pour moi elle arbore haut la bannière de Saint-André
Qui nous mène à la victoire.
Notre ambition est de nous voir vivre
Haut dans les montagnes la mort a été bannie
Bagpipes and organ