Our 13-year-old son is wrapping up a three-week trip to the ancestral lands on Mom’s side of the family — Scotland and Wales.
Evan also has been to Ireland and England, where the small, non-Germanic sliver of my side of the family hails from.
There are lots of swell things to see in the UK, but the itinerary for his tour group didn’t include one stop I’d make if it were my trip.
What? No stroll across Abbey Road?
Nor a visit to Carnaby Street, or even a ferry ride across the Mersey?
I wonder whether he heard this tune on his more conventional trip.
“Skye Boat Song,” Tom Jones, from “It’s Not Unusual,” 1965. The album is out of print, and this cover of the song isn’t available anywhere I could find.
It’s a traditional Scottish folk song, the tale of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape to the Isle of Skye after being defeated in battle in 1746.
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.
It’s given a hard-driving R&B treatment by the pride of Wales.
Dig those horns and that Hammond organ, lads and lassies!
(Abbey Road crosswalk photo credit: MadWasabi of Caracas, Venezuela, as found at Worth1000.com)