Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that's born to be king
over the sea to Skye.
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclaps rend the air,
Baffled our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.
Many's the lad fought on that day
Well the claymore did wield
When the night came silently lay
Dead on Culloden’s field
Though the waves heave, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean's a royal bed.
Rock'd in the deep Flora will keep
watch o'er your weary head.
Burned are our homes, exile and death,
Scattered the loyal man.
Yet ere the sword, cools in the sheath,
Charlie will come again.
This song commemorates the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie from Scotland's
shores when Flora MacDonald took him, disguised as a serving maid,
from Uist to Skye in a small boat.
Flora is buried at Kilmuir on the north coast of Skye. Prince Charlie
near Rome where he was born.