I AGREE with Frederick Jenkins that the £300,000 commission to find artwork for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games would have been better invested in finding a new Scottish national anthem (Letters, December 14) .
Mr Jenkins said that "surely there has to be, either in existence or still to be conceived, an anthem of high quality for Scotland".
I believe I have found it. Both the lyrics and the melody are heart-warming, inspiring and uplifting. I was recently at a party where the composer, Ken Morton, played a demo CD and handed out lyric sheets to test the reaction.
The reaction couldn't have been more positive. The song is ready for a full orchestra version, a pipe band version and also could be sung with a single voice. He is looking for a sponsor to help get to the next stage to help fund the orchestra and full recording:
Here are the lyrics:
A SONG FOR SCOTLAND
From the Highlands to the Islands
Over Scotland from sea to sea
Raise the Saltire and Lion Rampant
Fly them high and fly them free!
Far away from this land of the water of life
Sail across every ocean to see
Sons and daughters from home wherever they'd roamed
But it's always been Scotland for me
Northern sky Southern star whether near or afar
Home and hearth is wherever you be
And a welcome will ride with the wind and the tide
For it's always been Scotland for me.
Come one and all, may we answer the call!
For we harvest our own destiny
As we stand side by side, let us sing out with pride
It's always been Scotland for me!
So give me your hand and with pride in our hearts
Together we will make history
As I stand with you now my pledge is my vow
It will always be Scotland for me.
28 Bradfield Avenue,
IT is to be hoped that your article regarding the words of Auld Lang Syne will be read by Rod Stewart ("Let Auld Syne never be forgot", The Herald, December 28).
At the Remembrance Service in London and in his recent broadcast from Stirling he repeatedly sang "for the sake of Old Lang Zyne".
He should have known better, and as a fan of his I was extremely disappointed in his version of that wonderful song.
Mrs Sheena McLean,
110 Hillview Drive,
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