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Howard Jones The Flower of Scotland (81* d) RE: The Flower of Scotland 21 Jun 21

As an Englishman I have no problem with the lyrics of 'Flower of Scotland' (although when I attended an England-Scotland match at Marrayfield I found the pre-match whipped-up agressive atmosphere disturbing). The problem with it as an anthem is that the tune with its distinctive flattened 7th doesn't fit into the scale of the bagpipes. Modifying the tune to fit the bagpipe scale greatly reduces its power (which is perhaps why the crowd keeps singing after the band stops). If it were to be officially adopted perhaps a key could be added to the GHP chanter to play the missing note?

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