"Letter From America" as written by Charles Stobo Reid and Craig Morris Reid....
When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Well broke off from my work the other day
Spent the evening thinking about all the blood that flowed away
Across the ocean to the second chance
I wonder how it go on when it reached the promised land

When you go will send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

I've looked at the ocean tried hard to imagine
The way you felt the day you sailed from Wester Ross to Nova Scotia
We should have held you, we should have told you
But you know our sense of timing we always wait too long

When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more
Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more
Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more

I wonder my blood will you ever return
To help us kick the life back to a dying mutual friend?
Do we not love her I think we all tell you about
Do we have to roam the world to prove how much it hurts?

When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more
Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more

Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more
Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Lochaber no more


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"Letter From America" as written by Craig Morris Reid Charles Stobo Reid

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    General CommentIt's about the highland clearances in Scotland when many residents of the highlands were cleared out of their homes. Many emigrated to the United States.
    Phoenix935on October 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about immigration and the "brain drain" to other countries.
    Ed Joneson December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song was written in the 1980's at the height of Thatcherism.

    It starts with the emigration of Scots to America as Pheonix935 says and then turns to the then political situation with the loss of industrial factories such as those at Bathgate and Linwood to make a comparison between times past and contemporary.
    questeron January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDespite not being a Hibbee, i quite like this song, its about the Highland Clearances and the dream of going to America/Canada, or at least Scottish migration there. Coincidentally, i am currently writing an essay on Scottish emigration during the 18th and 19th centuries!
    SuperAllyon April 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song shows that little has changed from the Highland clearances in the 17 and 1800's to present day. Scots are still forced overseas to realise their dreams. Which has greatly enriched the cultures and economies of the destination countries.
    scots_by_birthon November 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Strathnaver" by Colin Campbell is a song about the Highland Clearances, and I think this song makes more of a parallel between the enforced clearances of the 18th/19th centuries, and the systematic decimation of Scottish heavy industry under the Thatcher government.

    Either way, it's bloody heartbreaking.....
    Massapequaon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThough obviously about Scottish emigration (whether the Clearances or otherwise), it does capture the heartbreak of emigration in general. Emigration, especially when forced and on a relatively large scale, is such a heartbreaking experience for all. A story that is still ongoing of course amongst many peoples around the world. There are many songs written with this heartbreaking sentiment, this isn't a bad one.
    PapaJon October 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWe should have held you, we should have told you
    But you know our sense of timing we always wait too long
    Being a Scot this is too true
    lagerfrenzyon July 25, 2015   Link
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    General CommentDo we have to roam the world to prove how much it hurts?
    And that
    lagerfrenzyon July 25, 2015   Link

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