England's Bride

by Josephine Anthony

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I started writing this song back in 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was about to open - I think it was in response to a song competition. I figured out the first verse and played that a lot... then got stuck. Now, in 2014 with a referendum ahead of us which I believe could significantly shape the future of our nation, I was inspired to finish it. Thanks to my brother Rick Anthony for helping me record it and for mixing the track. I should say that this is very much a Josephine solo, as opposed to a Last Ones Left track.


You took your time but you got there, marching along on the blood and the soil. All through the years and Culloden's tears and your grain and your fishing and your oil. And you wove your way down the Forth and the Tay and your bonny ships sailed out the Clyde. Oh Scotland, you're so much more than the place I bide.
You lived your life in a shadow, hardly yourself since you took his name. You were full of words, you could sing like a bird, in his grip you grew silent and tame. Now he's letting you fly are you too feart tae try, will you stay there and tremble at his side? Oh Scotland, you're so much more than England's bride.
No-one said it would be easy, but you have your reasons and plenty to gain. There's a spring in the air for what's right and what's fair, for a moment a break in the rain. You can count on your friends and the mountains and glens and that big white cross in your sky. Oh Scotland, maybes no, or mebbes aye?
We took our time now we've got here. When September comes there's a chance to shine. There will be no swords, fighting clansmen or lords, just the need to be drawing a line. It's an auld auld song, should we pass it along, well it's only your heart can decide.... Oh Scotland we wait on the shore of a turning tide. Oh Scotland, stand your ground haud your pen with pride.


released August 23, 2014
Thanks to Rick Anthony for mixing the song.


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the last ones left Glasgow, UK

Glasgow based acoustic collective featuring singer/songwriter Josephine Anthony. The band also features supportive guitar work by Craig Whitehill and fiddle playing by Kathryn O'Neil. They play regularly in pubs and other venues in Glasgow, and are influenced by folk greats such as Sandy Denny and Bert Jansch. Josephine also sings occasionally with her brother Rick Redbeard. ... more

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