Promises

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A songumentary about the infamous Glencoe massacre which took place on 13 February 1692.

The actual facts and circumstances relating to this tragic event are often skewed and misunderstood and commonly dismissed and explained solely as an inter-clan feud between the Campbells and MacDonalds but as is so often case the truth is more complex and machiavellian and much of the blame lies at the feet of the Scottish Secretary of State at the time, John Dalrymple.

The enduring memory of the event is not least founded on the moral unacceptability of the abuse of common hospitiality and the basic inhumanity demonstrated by the actions before dawn on that day.

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PROMISES

Promises are made intended for the keepin'
On the slopes of old Glencoe under windswept skies
August '91 the King offers a pardon
To the Highland clans so heathen and despised

The showing of allegiance to guarantee mortality
To quieten the rebels and their cause
Harmony and unity for those for whom conformity
Offers up the hope of something more

Promises are kept through the hours of daylight
Following the road as it snakes and winds
Over barren hills and through the highland rivers
Passing by Loch Leven deep and wide

The failing of the winter light late December New Year's night
Reaching Inverlochy before dawn
Ambushed by the hand of fate - the realisation all too late
The oath at Inverary should be sworn

Promises are sealed six days past the deadline
The MacDonalds give their word in the name of peace
But Campbell of Glenlyon with a grudge long in the making
And an army now assembled make their way

Given hospitality by those for whom conformity
Had offered up the hope of something more
Several days of harmony - an end to all hostility
Could it be that that peace had conquored war?

Promises are broken on the thirteenth day of February
At five a.m. before the break of dawn
Forty of the clan below the age of seventy
Never live to see another sun

No shelter on the hillside for those escaping treachery
Hunger and exposure take their toll
Immortalised in history there for all eternity
In memory of all those hopeful souls

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from 'Promises' EP, released February 7, 2013

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Wilderspin Stroud, UK

UK top 20 Reverbnation folk chart band Wilderspin play original folk-rock, country-folk and Celticana.

The six piece band fronted by award-winning songwriter Mark Wilderspin includes American fiddle player Sarana VerLin and Robert Holmes (ex-Aimee Mann / 'Til Tuesday).

The band's debut album Something To Crow About was released in late summer 2012 and has received BBC airplay.
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