speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
"onward!" the sailors cry
carry the lad that's born to be king
over the sea to Skye

loud the winds howl : loud the waves roar
thunderclaps rend the air
baffled our foes stand on the shore
follow they will not dare

though the waves leap : soft shall ye sleep
ocean's a royal bed
rocked in the deep : Flora will keep
watch by your weary head

many's the lad fought on that day
well the claymore could wield
when the night came silently lay
dead on Culloden's field

burned are our homes : exile and death
scatter the loyal men
yet : e'er the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again

        traditional • harold boulton