During my many months of researching for Culloden, I came across some information that literally haunted me for several years. Eventually, I had no choice but to put into music those feelings. We have all heard the saying:
"You take the high road and I'll take the low road and
I'll be home A'Fore ye. "
Pleasant enough. But very disturbing when you hear the origins from whence it came.
During the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 which ended in the Bloody Slaughter at Culloden, it was normal practice to
round up the Scottish Lords/Landowners and put them to death British logic being "Cut off the head of the snake and the rest of it dies."
The "heads" of these households, typically Fathers and Uncles and occasionally their oldest sons
were rounded up and systematically put to death, usually by hanging.
In the Phrase, "You take the high road", it's referring to the path of the living
"...and I'll take the low Road" refers to being dead and buried.
The true historical meaning behind this saying is:
Don't worry about me for I will be in heaven before you get back home.
I'll Be Home A'fore Ye
A Scottish Farewell
Grade 2 (3:10)
I'll Be Home A'fore Ye, A Scottish Farewell, uses snare drum and tenor drum to complement a drone effect in other instruments. A medium tempo in three, this piece has a nice variety of colors for band. The bells part is prevalent in the piece.