A Scottish Soldier chords

by Andy Stewart

A Scottish Soldier lyrics were written by Andy Stewart and is featured on the album of the same name. The song is about a dying Scottish Soldier who would rather die in his homeland, than die in the war-torn fields of Tyrol, formerly a province of Austria. The lyrics were adapted to the tune, The Green Hills of Tyrol.
Music: Starts in E♭Major with a key change for instrumental to B♭Major in 6/8 OR 3/4 time at ~ 90 bpm in 3/4 time OR 180 bpm in 6/8 time.
Chords: E♭, A♭, A♭7, G♭, E♭, E♭7
Easier - Capo on 1st fret : play in the key of D Major
Chords with Capo D, A, A7, G, E, E7
Andy Stewart

A Scottish Soldier by Andy Stewart

Capo on the 1st fret if you are playing with the video

 Intro: 3/4 |  D  / G  |  D  / G  |  D  / G  |   A   |

                D
1. There was a sol-dier, a Scot-tish sol-dier
                  A            A7          D
   Who wan-dered far a-way and sol-diered far a-way
                   D
   There was none bold-er, with good broad shoul-der
                  A                   A7        D
   He's fought in ma-ny a fray, and fought and won
                  D
   He'd seen the glo-ry and told the sto-ry
               A              A7       D
   Of battles glo-ri-ous and deeds vic-to-ri-ous
                 D
   But now he's sigh-ing, his heart is cry-ing
                    A         A7     D
   To leave these green hills of Ty-rol

                         G                  D
Chorus: Be-cause these green hills are not high-land hills
               A               A7         D
        Or the is-land hills, they're not my land's hills
                      G                    D
        And fair as these green fo-reign hills may be                  (Hold) 
                  A             A7  | D  / G  |  D  / G  |  D  / G  |   A   |
        They are not the hills  of   home

                 D
2. And now this sol-dier, this Scot-tish sol-dier
                  A            A7          D
   Who wan-dered far a-way and sol-diered far a-way
                    D
   Sees leaves are fal-ling and death is cal-ling
                A              A7       D
   And he will fade a-way, in that far land
                 D
   He called his pi-per, his trus-ty pi-per
                  A              A7        D
   And bade him sound a lay... a pi-broch sad to play
            D
   U-pon a hill-side, a Scot-tish hill-side
                  A         A7    D
   Not on these green hills of T-yrol

                         G                  D
Chorus: Be-cause these green hills are not high-land hills
               A               A7         D
        Or the is-land hills, they're not my land's hills
                      G                    D
        And fair as these green fo-reign hills may be                  (Hold)  
                  A             A7  | D  / G  |  D  / G  |  D  / G  |   A   |
        They are not the hills  of   home

Bagpipe Instrumental: (key change to A Major)

        |  A  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |  A  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |
        |  D  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |  D  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |
        |  D  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |  D  |  A  | E  / E7  |  A  |

                      (key change back to D Major)

                D
3. And so this sol-dier, this Scot-tish sol-dier
                 A              A7        D
   Will wan-der far no more and sol-dier far no more
             D
   And on a hill-ide, a Scot-tish hill-side
                   A               A7        D
   You'll see that pi-per play his sol-dier home
                  D
   He's seen the glo-ry, he's told the sto-ry
               A              A7       D
   Of battles glo-ri-ous and deeds vic-to-ri-ous
                 D
   The bu-gles cease now, he is at peace now
                    A         A7     D
   Far from those green hills of Ty-rol

                         G                  D
Chorus: Be-cause these green hills are not high-land hills
               A               A7         D
        Or the is-land hills, they're not my land's hills
                      G                    D
        And fair as these green fo-reign hills may be
                  A            A7   D
        They are not the hills of  home

                          G                  D
Chorus: Al-though those green hills are not high-land hills
               A               A7         D
        Or the is-land hills, they're not my land's hills
                      G                    D
        And fair as these green fo-reign hills may be
                  A            A7   D
        They are not the hills of  home

                G                  D
Chorus: Those green hills are not high-land hills
               A               A7         D
        Or the is-land hills, they're not my land's hills
                      G                    D
        And fair as these green fo-reign hills may be            (Hold)   
                  A             A7  | D  / G  |  D  / G  |  D  |  A  |
        They are not the hills  of   home
    
Free Music Transposition   Simply highlight & copy the entire song sheet above - then click on the button... more.

A Scottish Soldier chords and lyrics

D Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
Optional Note (1): If you don't play optional note, don't play string 
Optional Note (4): If you don't play optional note, do play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          D                 A                A7                 G                 E                E7
  e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
  B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|(4)|
  G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       D                 A                A7                 G                 E                E7
 |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
 |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |(4)|---|---| B
 |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|---|---| D
x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
    

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Very Easy with a capo
  • 6/8 OR 3/4 Time: Due to the rhythm of the song, it feels more like 6/8 time, however by halving the rhythm, we arrive at 3/4 time. I have used 3/4 time in the charts as it may be easier to understand for the majority of users.

    6/8 time: 6 eighth-note/quaver beats per bar wich can be counted as | 1 2 3 4 5 6 |

    3/4 time: 3 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar. This can be counted as | 1 2 3 | or |1& 2& 3&| If you count each bar as |1& 2& 3&|, it is in actual fact the same as counting | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | in terms of beats per bar (6/8 time).
  • | E / E7 | means you play E for 2 beats and E7 for 1 beat. The / is a 'simile mark', commonly referred to as a 'repeat sign' whereby the previous chord in a bar is repeated. The same applies to | D / G | - D for 2 beats and G for 1 beat.
Transposition if you want to play in the original key of E♭ Major:
Capo: Fret 1 (D Major) D A A7 G E E7
Original Key (E♭Major) E♭ B♭ B♭7 A♭ F F7
A Scottish Soldier

A Scottish Soldier

There was a soldier, a Scottish soldier
Who wandered far away and soldiered far away
There was none bolder, with good broad shoulder
He's fought in many a fray, and fought and won.
He'd seen the glory and told the story
Of battles glorious and deeds nefarious
But now he's sighing, his heart is crying
To leave these green hills of Tyrol.

Because these green hills are not highland hills
Or the island hills, they're not my land's hills
And fair as these green foreign hills may be
They are not the hills of home.

And now this soldier, this Scottish soldier
Who wandered far away and soldiered far away
Sees leaves are falling and death is calling
And he will fade away, in that far land.
He called his piper, his trusty piper
And bade him sound a lay... a pibroch sad to play
Upon a hillside, a Scottish hillside
Not on these green hills of Tyrol.

Because these green hills are not highland hills
Or the island hills, they're not my land's hills
And fair as these green foreign hills may be
They are not the hills of home.

And so this soldier, this Scottish soldier
Will wander far no more and soldier far no more
And on a hillside, a Scottish hillside
You'll see a piper play his soldier home.
He'd seen the glory, he'd told his story
Of battles glorious and deeds victorious
The bugles cease now, he is at peace now
Far from those green hills of Tyrol.

Because these green hills are not highland hills
Or the island hills, they're not my land's hills
And fair as these green foreign hills may be
They are not the hills of home.

Andy Stewart

Born: Andrew Stewart on the 30th December 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland

Occupation: Singer/song-writer, entertainer, compere, comedian, impressionist

Active Years: 1955 - 1993

Music Styles: Folk Music & Comedy Music

Awards: MBE in 1976, Freedom Of Angus in 1987

Died: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland on the 11th October, 1993 after long bouts of ill-health including triple by-pass heart surgery in 1976 and again in 1991.

TV Show: Compere of 'The White Heather Club' from 1957-1968 (variety show)

Chart Success: A Scottish Soldier Reached No 1 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; 31 weeks in the UK singles chart in 1961; spent over a year in the top 50 in the U.S.

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