“Sing Me a song of a lass that is gone! Say, should that lass be I!” We’re all too familiar with the melodic tones of Bear McCreary’s orchestrations and Raya Yarbrough’s vocals that accompany the Outlander opening credits. (In my case, they elicit a response remarkably Pavlovian, but that’s neither here nor there.)
Starz, with the help of EOnline, just released an official lyric-laden video of the opening theme including what sounds like a brand new arrangement with full symphony orchestration (tip o’ the hat, Bear McCreary). Now, instead of singing “sing me a song of a guy that’s named Craig! Say, is that Craig NuDuhn?” we can actually get the words right!
The official video release also includes some previously unreleased footage. Oh, and did we mention the Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) intro? Double bonus!
Skye Boat Folk Song Background (Wikipedia):
“The Skye Boat Song” is a Scottish folk song, which can be played as a waltz, recalling the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.”
Outlander Easter Egg:
For any Outlander fans who also enjoy the high seas hi-jinx of Black Sails, also scored by McCreary, listen closely. He frequently sneaks tidbits of the Skye Boat Song into the episodes, typically under the guise of a saloon-style accordion.
Bonus Bear Footage Funny:
Poor Bear. Nobody liked the bagpipes except him. Thank goodness for Outlander.
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