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Music plays an important role throughout the Outlander novels and television series. Many of these songs are performed in the books by Roger MacKenzie, who earns the nickname a Smeòraich, meaning "song thrush" in the Gaelic.

Outlander SeriesEdit

OutlanderEdit

Chapter Song Audio
10 "Maggie Lauder"[1]
18 - Maggie Lauder02:50

18 - Maggie Lauder

Claire thinks of a few lines from the song: "Oh, they call me Rob the Ranter, / and the lassies all go daft, / When I blow up my chanter."
16 (poem fragment)[2]
from the Carmina Gadelica, vol. II (1900)
n/a
Jamie recites an old Gaelic love song to Claire: "Thou daughter of the kingdom of the regions of the light, / On the night that thy wedding is on us..."
"Cock o' the North"[3]
Day 5 (Cock O' The North)01:08

Day 5 (Cock O' The North)

Claire and Jamie dance at the inn.
24 "Up Among the Heather"[4]
Up Among the Heather01:22

Up Among the Heather

Jamie leaves Claire to go work in the stables, singing as he goes.
34 "The Dowie Dens o Yarrow"
Ewan MacColl - The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow03:42

Ewan MacColl - The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow.wmv

Murtagh teaches Claire this song while on the road searching for Jamie.

Dragonfly in AmberEdit

Chapter Song Audio
3 "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns
Auld Lang Syne - Dougie MacLean (Lyrics and Meaning)05:04

Auld Lang Syne - Dougie MacLean (Lyrics and Meaning)

Claire sees tea towels at a tourist shop in Inverness, depicting the Loch Ness Monster singing Auld Lang Syne.
6 "Farewell to Tarwathie"[5]
The Corries --- Farewell to Tarwathie04:10

The Corries --- Farewell to Tarwathie

Claire makes oblique reference to the whaling song when considering Jamie's debilitating seasickness.
11 "Le Papillon" n/a
Herr Gerstmann enlists Claire in a singing exercise.
15 Kyrie eleison
Kyrie VIII from Mass VIII, Gregorian Chant01:39

Kyrie VIII from Mass VIII, Gregorian Chant

Jamie admits to Mother Hildegarde his complete lack of musical aptitude.
"La dame fait bien" n/a
Jamie admits to Mother Hildegarde his complete lack of musical aptitude.
"Goldberg Variations" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S01:22:23

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

The piece used to create the cipher that Claire and Mother Hildegarde decode.

VoyagerEdit

Chapter Song Audio
3 "Rule, Britannia!"
by Thomas Arne (music), James Thomson (poet)
Rule Britannia (With lyric annotations)05:09

Rule Britannia (With lyric annotations)

Frank sings in the shower while Claire, after being up constantly all night with the baby, listens to Brianna cry.
7 "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?"
by Walter Donaldson (music), Joe Young (lyricist), and Sam M. Lewis (lyricist)
How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? (After They've Seen Paree)02:31

How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? (After They've Seen Paree)

Claire mentions the WWI-era song to Roger, as one that her Uncle Lamb's army friends used to sing.
20 Dem Dry Bones (spiritual), by James Weldon Johnson (melody)
Delta Rhythm Boys - Dem Bones Dem Bones Dem Dry Bones02:55

Delta Rhythm Boys - Dem Bones Dem Bones Dem Dry Bones

Joe Abernathy sings the song while he and Claire examine a two hundred year old skeleton.
37 "Tha Mo Leabaidh 'san Fhraoch (In the Heather's My Bed)"[6]
Tha Mo Leabaidh 'san Fhraoch02:23

Tha Mo Leabaidh 'san Fhraoch

Jamie tells Claire about how he and Laoghaire danced at Hogmanay.
40 Fifteen Men on the Dead Man's Chest, a fictional sea song, originally from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island n/a
Claire quotes the first two lines of this to Jamie when they learn the coins in the seal's treasure belonged to the Duke of Sandringham.

Drums of AutumnEdit

Chapter Song Audio
1 "Fill Every Glass"[7][8]
The Beggar's Opera (after J.C01:01

The Beggar's Opera (after J.C. Pepusch Version) Act II Fill every glass (Filch, Chorus)

Claire hears people in the tavern singing.
"Captain Thunder"[9][10] n/a
Claire hears people in the tavern singing.
"To Anacreon in Heaven"
To Anacreon In Heaven (acapella)02:19

To Anacreon In Heaven (acapella)

Claire hears someone in the tavern sing the song, and she softly adds the last two lines of The Star-Spangled Banner.
4 "The Road to the Isles"
Road to the Isles (song)02:08

Road to the Isles (song)

From Roger's set at the Celtic festival in New England with Brianna.
"The Gallowa' Hills"[11]
North Sea Gas Gallowa Hills03:54

North Sea Gas Gallowa Hills

From Roger's set at the festival.
"The Lewis Bridal Song"
Mairi Bhan - The Lochies - Gaidhlig Supergroup01:31

Mairi Bhan - The Lochies - Gaidhlig Supergroup

From Roger's set at the festival.
"Gradh Geal Mo Chridh"[12][13]
The Corries --- Eriskay Love Lilt02:51

The Corries --- Eriskay Love Lilt

From Roger's set at the festival.
"Hey, Johnnie Cope, Are Ye Waking Yet?"
14 - Johnny Cope02:12

14 - Johnny Cope

From Roger's set at the festival.
"MacPherson's Lament"
The Corrie Folk Trio -- MacPherson's Rant05:02

The Corrie Folk Trio -- MacPherson's Rant

From Roger's set at the festival.
"The Sherramuir Fight" by Robert Burns
Sherramuir Fight sung by the Corries02:27

Sherramuir Fight sung by the Corries

From Roger's set at the festival.
"The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond"
The Corries - Loch Lomond04:16

The Corries - Loch Lomond

From Roger's set at the festival.
26 Tantum Ergo
from Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium
by Thomas Aquinas
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum01:56

Tantum Ergo Sacramentum

Claire sings to the dying Indian man in the corncrib.

The Fiery CrossEdit

Chapter Song Audio
8 "Ceann-ràra"[14] n/a
Mrs. Bug learns of Roger's nickname, a Smeòraich, and is in awe of his singing the night before.
"Loch Ruadhainn"[15] n/a
Mrs. Bug learns of Roger's nickname, a Smeòraich, and is in awe of his singing the night before.
12 "Rose, Rose"
Germain tunefully chants the word merde.
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Row Row Row Your Boat Classical Piano00:42

Row Row Row Your Boat Classical Piano

Germain chants rude French phrases to the melody.
16 (poem fragment)[2]
from the Carmina Gadelica, vol. II (1900)
n/a
Roger sings for Brianna on their wedding night.
"Yesterday" by The Beatles
The Beatles Yesterday (remastered 2010)02:31

The Beatles Yesterday (remastered 2010)

Roger sings for Brianna on their wedding night.
21 "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine03:29

Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine

Roger hears Brianna singing this to Jemmy.
22 "Lillibullero"
Liliburlero 02:58

Liliburlero .ROYAL CORPS of TRANSPORT

Claire hums the tune to Jemmy while taking him along for a walk.
23-24 "Ho-Ro My Nut-Brown Maiden"[16]
The Corries Nut Brown Maiden Live!03:16

The Corries Nut Brown Maiden Live!

Brianna conveys a list of song requests to Roger from Jamie for the burning of the fiery cross. One of these she calls "Ho Ro!".
"Birniebouzle"[17]
The Corries --- Birnie Boozle02:45

The Corries --- Birnie Boozle

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
"The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry"
The Great Silkie - trad03:52

The Great Silkie - trad. arrangement by Dave Burland (12-string cover)

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
"The Braes o' Killiecrankie"
The Corrie Folk Trio --- Killiecrankie (1965)03:01

The Corrie Folk Trio --- Killiecrankie (1965)

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
"The Haughs of Cromdale"
The Haughs O' Cromdale - The Corries02:16

The Haughs O' Cromdale - The Corries

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
"Hey, Johnnie Cope, Are Ye Waking Yet?"
14 - Johnny Cope02:12

14 - Johnny Cope

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
"Flower of Scotland"
The Corries, Flower of Scotland (original version)03:12

The Corries, Flower of Scotland (original version)

From Roger's set on Fraser's Ridge.
41 "Ewie wi' the Crooked Horn"[18] (first two minutes)
The Ewie With The Crooked Horn The Perrie Werrie Linden Rise05:37

The Ewie With The Crooked Horn The Perrie Werrie Linden Rise

Roger discusses music with Seamus Hanlon.
"Shawn Bwee"[19][20] (first minute)
Jigs Sean Bui, The Legacy, Paddy's Clancy's03:12

Jigs Sean Bui, The Legacy, Paddy's Clancy's

Roger discusses music with Seamus Hanlon.
42 "My Love is in America" n/a
Brianna hears Roger singing.
47 "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine03:29

Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine

Brianna and Roger soothe Jemmy with this lullaby.
57 "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond"
The Corries - Loch Lomond04:16

The Corries - Loch Lomond

Brianna sings the song softly while packing for their departure in the morning with the militia.
72 "Frère Jacques"
Frère Jacques01:33

Frère Jacques

Brianna sings under her breath, sitting by Roger's side.
81 Main Title of The Yogi Bear Show by Hoyt Curtin
Yogi Bear - Main Title00:47

Yogi Bear - Main Title

Brianna hums the tune while Peter Bewlie tells the story of the ghost bear, and Claire recalls the lyrics from the TV show. Later, Brianna makes another reference to the show: "Smarter than the average bear."
82 "The Ants Go Marching"
Edewcate english rhymes - The Ants go Marching One by One Song Nursery Rhyme03:43

Edewcate english rhymes - The Ants go Marching One by One Song Nursery Rhyme

Roger works his vocal chords by singing the song.
86 "The Twa Corbies"
Cannach - Twa Corbies03:27

Cannach - Twa Corbies

Roger thinks of the song after he and Jamie encounter a pig carcass, already partially devoured by crows.
97 "Bonnie Dundee"
The Corries - Bonnie Dundee02:46

The Corries - Bonnie Dundee

Claire refers to a few different verses of poetry and song, making a point about bloody-minded Scots.[21]
"Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border"[22]
Blue Bonnets sung by the Corries02:19

Blue Bonnets sung by the Corries

Claire refers to a few different verses of poetry and song.
"The Haughs of Cromdale"
The Haughs O' Cromdale - The Corries02:16

The Haughs O' Cromdale - The Corries

Claire refers to a few different verses of poetry and song.[23]
98 "Jamie Telfer of the Fair Dodhead"[24] n/a
Roger tries to recall some new verses of the song in order to write them down.
102 / 107 "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine03:29

Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine

Roger thinks of the lyrics as he treads water beneath the wharf at Wylie's Landing; back on the Ridge, he sings to Jem.

A Breath of Snow and AshesEdit

Chapter Song Audio
6 "Alouette"
Alouette- Jean François Alexandre01:59

Alouette- Jean François Alexandre

Germain sings the song, drunk on cherry bounce and ignoring Brianna's questions.
"The Maid Gaed Tae The Mill"[25]
(The Maid Went to the Mill)[26]
The Maid Gaed to the Mill Ewan MacColl Peggy Seeger02:01

The Maid Gaed to the Mill Ewan MacColl Peggy Seeger

A drunken Roger, singing lines from a bawdy song, makes advances on Brianna at the McGillivrays'.
29 "Mr. Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan
Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan (5 4 65) Bootleg06:18

Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan (5 4 65) Bootleg

Claire hears Brianna whistling the tune, which reminds her of the 1960s, and of the time traveler she met during her captivity.
52 "Oh My Darling, Clementine"
Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine03:29

Malcolm Forest Oh my darling Clementine

Claire can be heard singing, while Brianna tells Jamie about Disneyland.
55 "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine (cover)02:40

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine (cover)

Donner whistles this song to identify himself to the other time travelers.
85 "Eppie Morrie"
Ewan MacColl - Eppie Morrie (Child 223)03:36

Ewan MacColl - Eppie Morrie (Child 223)

Young Ian sings this song while he, Jamie, and Roger prepare to ride with Joseph Wemyss to find Fraulein Berrisch.
99 "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics02:49

Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues Lyrics

Brianna hears Jemmy singing.

An Echo in the BoneEdit

Chapter Song Audio
1 "Lillibullero"
Liliburlero 02:58

Liliburlero .ROYAL CORPS of TRANSPORT

Lord John whistles the tune as he returns to his room at an inn in Wilmington.
4 "O thoir a-nall am Botul"[27]
Ellen MacDonald & DÀIMH - O Fair a Nall Am Botal (7 11)03:50

Ellen MacDonald & DÀIMH - O Fair a Nall Am Botal (7 11)

Jamie makes a passing reference to drunken mourners singing this song.
5 "The Animals Went in Two by Two ('Into the Ark')"
The Animals Went In Two By Two Nursery Rhymes by Hooplakidz05:02

The Animals Went In Two By Two Nursery Rhymes by Hooplakidz

Brianna sings the first lines as she and Roger head upstairs for bed.
8 "Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor)"[28]
Griogal Cridhe-006:22

Griogal Cridhe-0

Bobby sings the lullaby in Gaelic as he walks with Orrie and Aidan, and Claire wonders if he knows what the lyrics mean.[29][30]
16 "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons - 1955 - vinylrip02:35

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons - 1955 - vinylrip

Roger recalls Jem singing this song just as two Tea Society ladies arrive to visit.
34 "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" by Henry Baker, to the tune of "St. Columba"[31]
St. Columba (Songs Of Praise No04:18

St. Columba (Songs Of Praise No.654) The King Of Love My Shepherd Is

Brianna hears Roger singing.
"The Lord's My Shepherd" set to the tune "Crimond" by Jessie Seymour Irvine
The Lord's My Shepherd - Hymn02:25

The Lord's My Shepherd - Hymn

Brianna hears Roger singing.

Written in My Own Heart's BloodEdit

Chapter Song Audio
12 "Die Sommernacht" by Franz Schubert
Die Sommernacht. D 289. Franz Schubert02:43

Die Sommernacht. D 289. Franz Schubert.

Lord John sings the song to alert Dottie to his presence in the American camp.
"Greensleeves"
Mark McCain Sings 'Greensleeves'01:49

Mark McCain Sings 'Greensleeves'

Men in the American camp, inspired by Lord John's burst of song, sing their own songs.
"Chester" by William Billings
Chester02:19

Chester

Men in the American camp, inspired by Lord John's burst of song, sing their own songs.
"A Nighean nan Geug"[32]
A Nighean nan geug (Girl of the Branches)03:21

A Nighean nan geug (Girl of the Branches)

Jamie thinks of the grim lullaby when Mrs. Hardman begins to sing to her youngest daughter.
"The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry"
The Great Silkie - trad03:52

The Great Silkie - trad. arrangement by Dave Burland (12-string cover)

Jamie thinks of the song as a better alternative for a Quaker.
31 "The Sherramuir Fight" by Robert Burns
Sherramuir Fight sung by the Corries02:27

Sherramuir Fight sung by the Corries

Roger sings the song for Brian Fraser, who is very taken with the poem – which won't be written for another fifty-odd years.
51 "Yankee Doodle"
Yankee Doodle ( American Patriotic Song )02:36

Yankee Doodle ( American Patriotic Song )

Lord John listens to the continentals sing the latest American version of the song, while recalling earlier British versions he had heard.
66 "Nessun dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
"NESSUN DORMA"-Marc HERVIEUX-(Tenore-Ténor)-PUCCINI-Turandot Act III-(TESTO-IT-FR)03:02

"NESSUN DORMA"-Marc HERVIEUX-(Tenore-Ténor)-PUCCINI-Turandot Act III-(TESTO-IT-FR)

Ian thinks of the phrase nessun dorma – "none shall sleep" – as he prepares to put on his war paint, recalling that Brianna had told him it was the name of an aria in an opera.
70 "When the king enjoys his own again" by Martin Parker
The World Turned Upside Down or When the King Enjoys His Own Again01:08

The World Turned Upside Down or When the King Enjoys His Own Again

William whistles the tune as the camp around him prepares for battle.
80 "Lillibullero"
Liliburlero 02:58

Liliburlero .ROYAL CORPS of TRANSPORT

Hal whistles the tune to test William's ability to recognize it.

Lord John SeriesEdit

Lord John and the Haunted SoldierEdit

Chapter Song Audio
Part III "Lillibullero"
Liliburlero 02:58

Liliburlero .ROYAL CORPS of TRANSPORT

Lord John whistles the tune, first while visiting Sussex, and again at the shipyard while waiting for Tom Byrd.

The Scottish PrisonerEdit

Chapter Song Audio
41 "Eppie Morrie"
Ewan MacColl - Eppie Morrie (Child 223)03:36

Ewan MacColl - Eppie Morrie (Child 223)

Jamie thinks of the song, though only the words, while rescuing Isobel Dunsany from her would-be suitor.

TV SeriesEdit

Edit In the TV series, music director Bear McCreary selects many traditional Scottish tunes to include in various episodes, as well as a few 1940s-era songs that are familiar to Claire.

ResourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Maggie Lauder – accessed 6 January 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Carmina Gadelica, vol. II: Notes", page 231, via The Internet Archive. Accessed 16 April 2015.
  3. The Traditional Tune Archive – accessed 6 January 2016
  4. Up Among the Heather – Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Accessed 6 January 2016.
  5. Farewell to Tarwathie – Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Accessed 7 January 2016.
  6. Tha Mo Leabaidh 'san Fhraoch (In the Heather's My Bed) lyrics. Accessed 24 January 2016.
  7. The Traditional Tune Archive – accessed 5 January 2016.
  8. Volumes 1-6 - Wit and mirth, or, Pills to purge melancholy by Thomas D'Urfrey. National Library of Scotland.
  9. From The comical history of Don Quixote by Thomas D'Urfey. Accessed 11 January 2016.
  10. Volumes 1-6 - Wit and mirth, or, Pills to purge melancholy by Thomas D'Urfrey. National Library of Scotland.
  11. The Gallowa' Hills – Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Accessed 21 January 2016.
  12. Written as "Vhair Me Oh" in the book, which is a corrupted spelling of the Gaelic orthography of the refrain, "Bheir mi ò".
  13. Vair Me O (Eriskay Love Lilt)
  14. "This sprightly air commemorates the mirth and festivity kept up by the late Duchess of Gordon at Kinrara, every memorial of whom calling to mind how much she is missed." From The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles by Simon Fraser (1816). Accessed 6 January 2016.
  15. "Loch Ruthven, celebrated in this air, is as famous in Inverness-shire, for the sport it affords the angler, as Loch Erroch on the confines of Perthshire." From The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles by Simon Fraser (1816). Accessed 6 January 2016.
  16. Ho-Ro My Nut-Brown Maiden – accessed 6 January 2016
  17. Birniebouzle – accessed 6 January 2016
  18. Ewie Wi' the Crooked Horn – The Traditional Tune Archive. Accessed 8 January 2016.
  19. Also Sean Bui
  20. Sean Bui (jig) – The Session. Accessed 24 January 2016.
  21. See also Literary References.
  22. Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border, National Library of Scotland. Accessed 21 January 2016.
  23. Claire says "lances and swords all over the Haughs of Cromdale." In the song, one line goes: "The Frasers fought with sword and lance." See also Jacobite relics of Scotland via National Library of Scotland.
  24. Child's Collected Ballads by Francis James Child. "Jamie Telfer of the Fair Dodhead", no. 190
  25. Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, Etc via Google Books. Accessed 25 March 2015.
  26. The Maid Went to the Mill – Accessed 25 March 2015.
  27. O thoir a-nall am Botul – 6 January 2016
  28. Tobar an Dualchais: Griogal Cridhe – accessed 4 November 2015
  29. English:
    Many a night, wet and dry
    Even in the worst of weather
    Gregor would find a little rock for me
    Beside which I could shelter

    Obhan obhan obhan iri
    Obhan iri o
    Obhan obhan obhan iri
    Great indeed is my sorrow

    I ascended to the topmost rooms
    And I descended to the ground floor house
    And I did not find my beloved Gregor
    Sitting at the table

    Great sweetheart of all people of the world
    They poured your blood yesterday
    And they put your head on an oak stick
    A short distance from your body

    I would like to be with my beloved Gregor
    Driving cattle down the glen
    Than with the big Baron of Dall
    With white silk around my head
  30. Gaelic:
    S'iomadh oidhche fhliuch is thioram
    Sìde nan seachd sian
    Gheibheadh Griogal dhòmhsa creagan
    Ris an gabhainn dìon

    Òbhan òbhan òbhan ìri
    Òbhan ìri ò
    Òbhan òbhan òbhan ìri
    'S mòr mo mhulad 's mòr

    Dhìrich mi dhan t-seòmar mhullaich
    'S thèirinn mi'n taigh-làir
    'S cha d'fhuair mise Griogal Cridhe
    'Na shuidhe mu'n chlàr

    Eudail mhòir de shluagh an domhain
    Dhòirt iad d'fuil an dè
    'S chuir iad do cheann air stob daraich
    Tacan beag bho d'chrè

    B'annsa bhith le Griogal Cridhe
    Teàrnadh chruidh le gleann
    Na le Baran mòr na Dalach
    Sìoda geal mu'm cheann
  31. St. Columba – an Irish melody
  32. Celtic Lyrics Corner – "A Nighean nan Geug". Accessed 3 June 2015.
  33. "Duan na Muthairn (Rune of the Muthairn)": Invocations. Carmina Gadelica, via The Internet Archive. Accessed 17 April 2015.
  34. Bonny Moorhen – Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Accessed 23 May 2015.
  35. The Reels o Bogie – adapted by Scotstext from the anglicized version. Accessed 24 May 2015.
  36. Merry muses of Caledonia edited by James Barke and Sydney Goodsir Smith. Indicates "The Reels o' Bogie" was collected by Burns. Accessed 24 May 2015.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Alternate titles include "Hùg Ò Làithill Ò" and "Òran Eile don Phrionnsa". See Tobar an Dualchais for more information about the song, and Lochiel.net for Gaelic lyrics and English translation.

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