the song
title : Ye Jacobites by name
written by : Robert Burns
arranged by : Eddi Reader and Colin Reid
song copyright : none
Eddi said
“I heard this song years ago sung in Kilmarnock Folk Club. I hadn’t read through the words ’til recently. I love the line: ‘leave your schemes undone, adore the rising sun’… I noticed that Robert Burns, although a supporter of the Jacobites, at this time felt that they were encouraging uprisings and revolts that could never be won and would cause the deaths of many common soldiers, and ordinary men and women would be the victims not the politicians or the leaders. I sing this for every mother/parent, of every child, of every nation, who understand that after five thousand years of civilisation we surely can come up with something better than the archaic notion of ‘war’.”
booklet note in her Burns albums (both original and deluxe editions)

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
with :
Colin Reid acoustic guitar
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
conducted by Kevin McCrae :
strings, arranged by Kevin McCrae
1st violins: Edwin Paling, William Chandler, Tamas Fejes, Andrew Martin, Robert Yeomans, Barbara Paterson, Jane Reid, Gail Digney;
music
key : modal B minor
time-signature : 2/2
tempo : MM approx. 70
form : V V V v V V v
lyrics

Ye Jacobites

ye Jacobites by name, lend an ear, lend an ear
ye Jacobites by name, lend an ear
ye Jacobites by name
your faults I will proclaim
and your doctrines I must blame, you shall hear, you shall hear
your doctrines I must blame, you shall hear

what’s right and what is wrong, by the law, by the law?
what’s right and what is wrong by the law?
what’s right and what is wrong?
a short sword, and a long
a weak arm and a strong, for to draw, for to draw
a weak arm and a strong, for to draw

what makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar?
what makes heroic strife, famed afar?
what makes heroic strife?
to whet the assassin’s knife
or haunt a parent’s life, wi’ bloody war, bloody war?
or haunt a parent’s life, wi’ bloody war

then let your schemes alone, in the state, in the state
aye let your schemes alone in the state
oh leave your schemes alone
adore the rising sun
and leave a man alone, to his fate, to his fate
aye leave a man alone, to his fate

ye Jacobites by name, lend an ear, lend an ear
ye Jacobites by name, lend an ear
ye Jacobites by name
your faults I will proclaim
and your doctrines I must blame, and you shall hear, you shall hear
your doctrines I must blame, you shall hear

explanations

The Burns text below appears in the Hastie manuscript (British Library Add. MS. 22307, a collection of material for the SMM) and was published in the 1792 volume of The Scots musical museum (editor James Johnson).

Ye Jacobites by name—

Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear, give an ear;
  Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear;
    Ye Jacobites by name,
      Your fautes I will proclaim,
        Your doctrines I maun blame,
          You shall hear.

What is Right, and what is Wrang, by the law, by the law?
  What is Right, and what is Wrang, by the law?
    What is Right, and what is Wrang?
      A short Sword, and a lang,
        A weak arm, and a strang
          For to draw.

What makes heroic strife, fam’d afar, fam’d afar?
  What makes heroic strife, fam’d afar?
    What makes heroic strife?
      To whet th’ Assassin’s knife,
        Or hunt a Parent’s life
          Wi’ bludie war.

Then let your schemes alone, in the State, in the State,
  Then let your schemes alone in the State,
    Then let your schemes alone,
      Adore the rising sun,
        And leave a Man undone
          To his fate.

source : No. 371 in Poems and songs of Robert Burns / edited by James Kinsley. – Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1968


the recording
personnel
produced by : Boo Hewerdine
recorded by : Robert Rankin at CaVa Studios, Glasgow – 2003-01
mixed by : Jon Kelly
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London
technical
signal path : DDD
song timing : 3:59
released on
album : Eddi Reader sings the songs of Robert Burns track 6   timing : 4:03
album : The songs of Robert Burns (deluxe edition) track 6   timing : 4:04