Burns Night: Scotland the Brave

Scotland the Brave (Tab)

UPDATE: Scotland the Brave (Tab – Full Version) (midi)

It’s Burns Night on Friday and Andy (who you might know as zym if you’ve been following the comments) requested a tab of Scotland the Brave for his Burns night turn.

When I was researching the song (believe it or not, I do research), I found out the song is a lot more modern than I had thought. The melody first appeared around the start of the 20th Century and the lyrics were written in 1951. Speaking of which, these have to be some of most unlikely lyrics ever written:

Far off in sunlit places,
Sad are the Scottish faces,
Yearning to feel the kiss
Of sweet Scottish rain.

I’ve kept the arrangement very simple to give Andy a chance of getting down by Friday (and being able to play if after a drop or two). It’s simply the melody accompanied by occasional chord strums (C, F and G). Let the chords and notes ring for as long as possible to give it a bit more body.

If you’d like to recreate the sound of the bagpipes for this tune, get yourself a wheezing cow with a kazoo stuck down its throat to accompany you.

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