Songs That May or May Not Change Your Life
I have been endlessly googling to try and find the Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher version of this song since I heard it on the Caledonia Best advert a few months ago. For some reason it doesn't seem to exist and i was about a week away from starting to tweet them fan-girl style to beg them to release their version when this little video popped up which I was majorly happy about.
If you haven't heard the song before, it was originally sang by Dougie Maclean, and somehow it manged to escape me and even though i am sure i have heard it before i had never really listened to it, if you know what i mean and it wasn't until i had heard this cover that fell completely in love with it.
I have a pretty big feeling you will be seeing (hearing) a lot more of Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher (epic name) on my blog, they have such a lovely sound and i am a really big fan.
If you haven't guessed already this song is about Scotland but i have a feeling that if you substitute Caledonia with wherever you come from it will probably have the same meaning for you too and if you aren't currently living in your homeland i would prepare to book your flight home ASAP as it does that whole 'tugging on your heartstrings' thing.....
Here is Dougie talking about the song -
Dougie wrote it in less than 10 minutes on a beach in France, feeling homesick for Scotland. He said: “I was in my early 20's and had been busking around with some Irish guys. I was genuinely homesick. I’d always lived in Perthshire. I played it to the guys when I got back to the youth hostel where we were staying and that was the final straw – we all went home the next day.
It took about 10 minutes but sometimes that’s how songs happen.
I’m still amazed at how much it has become part of common culture. There’s not a pub singer, busker or pipe band that doesn’t play it.”