Flower of Scotland

Flower of Scotland is a popular Scottish song often heard at special occasions and sporting events. This is also a popular song for the bagpipes. Flower of Scotland, along with Scots Wha Hae and Scotland the Brave, are considered unofficial national anthems of Scotland. Roy Williamson of the Corries wrote both the lyrics and music Read More

Scotland the Brave

Scotland the Brave is a Scottish patriotic song and considered one of the unofficial national anthems of Scotland, alongside Flower of Scotland and Scots Wha Hae. The earliest known version of the song appeared in 1911. The lyrics best known today were written by Cliff Hanley, a Scottish journalist, around 1950. He wrote the lyrics Read More

Scots Wha Hae

Scots Wha Hae is another patriotic song for Scotland.  The song usually comes in third after Scotland the Brave and Flower of Scotland. The lyrics were written in 1793 by the national Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  The poem is a speech given by Robert the Bruce before the Scots fight England in the Battle of Read More

The Irish Rover

“The Irish Rover” is an Irish folk song about an improbably, sailing ship which reaches an unfortunate end. The song describes “a gigantic twenty-seven masted ship with a colourful crew and varied types of cargo in enormous amounts.” Each verse builds from the previous verses, making the ship more extravagant and wonderous than the last Read More

Whiskey in the Jar-O

Whiskey in the Jar-O is a traditional Irish song set in the southern mountains of Ireland. The song is a traditional Irish and Scottish song. The song usually takes place in various Irish locales, especially Kerry, Cork and Lilmoganny.  Some performers use other locales, especially those in America. The song tells the story of a Read More

Endless Love

Endless Love was written by Lionel Richie.  He originally recorded the popular ballad as a duo with Diana Ross for Motown in 1981. The song remained at number one for nine weeks when it was first released.  Billboard named their version as the greatest song duet of all time. The song was used for the Read More

{They Long to Be} Close to You

{They Long to Be} Close to You was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song was first released in 1963 by Richard Chamberlain as They Long to be Close to You. In 1964, Dionne Warwick recorded a Burt Bacharach arrangement of the song. In 1971, Bacharach recorded his own version of the song. Read More

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Love is a Many Splendored Thing was written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster for the 1955 film by the same name. The song was also used for the soap opera Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, which was based on the movie, and ran from 1967 to 1973. The song won the Oscar Read More

Unchained Melody

Alex North was an American composer who wrote the scores for numerous films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cleopatra, Spartacus, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? In 1954, he was contacted to write a score for a prison film Unchained. While working on the score, he was asked to write a song based on Read More

The Ballad of Cassey Jones

The song tells the story of train engineer Cassey Jones, who stayed on his locomotive, to try to stop the train from running into another, while his fireman jumps to safety. The song not only preserved his memory but enhanced his legendary status. The song was first sung by Jones friend Wallace Saunders, shortly after Read More