Definition of the Skye Boat Song from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Skye Boat Song

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a popular Scottish song about how Flora Macdonald helped Bonny Prince Charlie escape to Skye. The sad, slow music is sometimes used to represent Scotland in films and television programmes. Many people in Britain know the first verse:
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing;Onward, the sailors cry:Carry the lad that's born to be kingOver the sea to Skye.