William McIlroy’s

© Maria Dunn, 2007

In memory of my Uncle Bill McIlroy (1929-2007).

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All these good people big and small
Enquire gently in the hall
They’ve come to see you off in style
Though they don’t want to say goodbye

Your sense of humour, quick and dry
Still lights the twinkle in your eye
When all our words have had their say
We humbly hold this day

And we sing with you
In this hushed and timeless room
Our voices want to sound
Your love back to you

You were aye a sure and steady man
All the strength you gave with loving hands
Now we’ve come to hold them once again
So blessed to call you family, friend

Those melodies that proudly rise
Now crooned as soft as lullabies
A tender hymn to keep you safe
And touch the sacred in this place

Where we sing with you
In this hushed and timeless room
Our voices want to sound
Your love back to you
For “Ye hae been sae braw”
“Better lo’ed ye canna be”
And “when will we see your like again”

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Additional lyrics (in quotes) borrowed from “Killiecrankie” (Traditional, public domain), “Will Ye No Come Back Again” (Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, 1766-1845, public domain) and “Flower of Scotland” (written by Roy Williamson of The Corries in 1966).

Maria Dunn vocal, accordion
Shannon Johnson violin
Simon Marion acoustic guitar
Jeremiah McDade whistle
Solon McDade upright bass