It’s A Gude Cause

Cho­rus
Free­dom from oppres­sion, lib­er­a­tion
It’s a gude cause, work­ing for equal­i­ty
It’s a gude cause, women, sound your voice

  1. March­ing in vio­let, white and green
    A pageant of cre­ative con­vic­tion
    For the women old and young
    For the women yet unborn
    For us all to rise and take our right­ful place

Cho­rus

  1. Bet­ter to do than wish it done,
    For we can­nae afford to sit and blether,
    Nev­er feart to break the law,
    Scot­tish out­rages galore,
    There’s no prison can deter the Scot­tish women

Cho­rus

  1. What’s gude for John is gude for Janet
    We were both born equal on this earth
    Gude enough to cook the tea
    With the bairns upon her knee
    Gude enough to take deci­sions on our futures

Cho­rus

  1. Ye maun­na tramp on the Scot­tish this­tle,
    The flower’s bright the stem is thorny,
    And the pow­er of her song
    Will be ris­ing ever strong,
    For there’s noth­ing that can crush her strength and spir­it

Cho­rus

  1. A gude cause maks a strong arm,
    When wis­dom and pas­sion come togeth­er,
    For we’ve jus­tice in our feet
    As we march down Princes street,
    Men and women shall be equal in this land

Cho­rus

Note:

This song was writ­ten for the Gude Cause pro­ces­sion in 2009, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th anniver­sary of the 1909 wom­en’s suf­frage march in Edin­burgh. The first lines of vers­es 2 to 5 are the words from ban­ners car­ried on the 1909 march.

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