The word is supposedly derived from the general's name. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. Jordan later commented, "Fleecie Moore's name is on it, but she didn't have anything to do with it. stern and, wild". The Caledonia of his most famous song's title refers to the name the Romans gave to the country beyond the northern boundaries of Britannia that they failed to control. 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Caledonia is belted out by football crowds, pub regulars and even wedding guests and feels like a traditional tune that has been around for generations. DOUGIE MACLEAN AND CALEDONIA – THE STORY OF A SONG. Andy Williams' 1962 hit was reborn reggae-style by The Beat on their 1980 album, I Just Can't Stop It. It is a romantic name for Scotland with connotations of history, mystery and resistance. Tiffany from Conroe, Tx Actually, this song isn't from the band. Original lyrics of Caledonia song by Dougie MacLean. "Caldonia" is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. Lips Page song. The song's effect on expatriate Scots was summed up by Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young, who chose it to mark the programme's 75th anniversary last year. General CommentThis song has such a personal meaning to me. I liked it, but didn't think anything of it. Sir Walter Scott, in his Lay of the Last Minstrel wrote of "O Caledonia! Walkin' with my baby She got great big feet She's long, lean and like Ain't had nothing to eat But she's my baby And I love her just the sa [4] Hawkins' version of "Caldonia", featuring piano and vocals by Ace Harris, reached number two on the Billboard R&B chart and number 12 on the pop chart. I was on a beach in Brittany, France. The lawsuit sought to invalidate results in four states where President Trump lost the US election. “But it’s not just Scotland. For more than a decade he and his wife ran their own festival in Perthshire and he now broadcasts to the world every month from the studio he created at the village school in Butterstone. Burns wrote (or collected) a song Caledonia and James Hogg, the Ettrick Poet also wrote a poem Caledonia. This song is not about Caledonia as Scotland. Caledonia is a frequent subject in the songs and poetry of Scotland. Records. The issue of Billboard magazine for April 21, 1945, described Hawkins' version as "right rhythmic rock and roll music", possibly the first use of the term to describe a musical style, and pre-dating by 14 months a more often cited use of the words in a June 1946 description of "Sugar Lump" by Joe Liggins. [1] "Caldonia" became his fifth number one on "Race Records" chart. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Dougie MacLean's love song to his homeland has become an anthem of Scottish pride but it was written in just 10 minutes on a beach in France when he was in his early 20s. it still stands to this day near the modern border of england and scotland. C Caledonia you're calling me, G C Now I'm going home. US Pfizer Covid vaccine approved for emergency use, UK-EU talks continue as Navy boats put on standby, Trump's latest, legal longshot to challenge result, Covid: Homeless left struggling for shelter. "I probably would not be able to write something like Caledonia now, which is fascinating as a songwriter," he says. The lyrics include Jordan's trademark use of comedy: Walkin' with my baby she's got great big feet She didn't know nothin' about no music at all. "Caldonia" is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. It contemporary usage is as a romantic or poetic name for Scotland. Moore, of Brasfield, Arkansas, was given writing credit for “Caldonia,” as well as a co-credit for Originally the name of the people conquered by the Roman general Agricola in that area around 80 AD. Caledonia Lyrics: I don't know if you can see the changes that have come over me / In these last few days I've been afraid that I might drift away / So I've been telling old stories, singing songs or any of his other songs for that matter. The song has not had many airings on official releases, and doesn’t appear on 1969 to 1990 tapes either. In 1942, Jordan had started on an unparalleled run of success on the Billboard Harlem Hit Parade (forerunner of the R&B chart), which by 1945 had included four number-one hits, and eventually made Jordan by far the most successful R&B chart act of the 1940s. "I was genuinely homesick and it was just a little song I wrote.". Caledonia I don't know if you can see the changes That have come over me In these last few days I've been afraid That I might drift away I've been telling old stories, singing songs That make me think about where I come from And that's the reason why I seem so far away today Chorus: Let me tell you that I love you And I think about you all the time But this year marks four decades since the song featured on MacLean's debut album. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. She's long, lean, and lanky and ain't had nothing to eat A performance from the Muddy Waters Blues Band in 1978. He says he had been busking around Europe with three Irish guys but the day after writing the song - with its lyric "Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home" - he set off back to Scotland. Burns wrote (or collected) a song Caledonia and James Hogg, the Ettrick Poet also wrote a poem Caledonia . The Caledonia of his most famous song's title refers to the name the Romans gave to the country beyond the northern boundaries of Britannia that they failed to control. Watch official video, print or download text in PDF. It was used for a television advert for Homecoming Scotland 2009 but the most famous version was sung by Frankie Miller for a Tennent's Lager commercial in the early 90s. Louis Jordan - Caldonia Lyrics. Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home But if I should become a stranger youknow that it would make me more than sad Caledonia's been everything I've ever had I have moved and I've kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving Lost the friends that I … Jordan re-recorded the song in 1956, arranged by Quincy Jones with Mickey Baker on guitar. There are some other generic floating verses. 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What makes your big head so hard? It’s Scottish and not traditional, although a lot of people seem to think it is. I love her, I love her just the same "As a songwriter you try to have universal themes in the songs so other people can sing it using their own background and their own connection to that universal truth. I.R.S. It appeared at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the R&B chart was suspended at the time). [3] Jordan also filmed a "soundie" performance of the song for the musical short Caldonia, which was shown in movie theaters. More about this song. Sir Walter Scott, in his Lay of the Last Minstrel wrote of "O Caledonia! C G Caledonia you're calling me, D G Now I'm going home. Read about our approach to external linking. She's my baby and I love her just the same "It transcends a lot of that stuff," he says. beyond the wall - caledonia. The Perthshire songwriter, .css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:bolder;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}who plays Celtic Connections on Wednesday night, told BBC Scotland: "I wrote it in my very early 20s on a beach and then finished it off in a youth hostel somewhere around Paimpol in Brittany. Caledonia is sung and played at weddings and funerals and that’s something that doesn’t happen to lots of big pop songs. A list of lyrics, artists and songs that contain the term "caledonia" - from the Lyrics.com website. MacLean says: "I remembered them asking me about the ad and I went down thinking 'I'm not letting anyone use my song to sell beer'. Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to the land in today's Scotland north of their province of Britannia, beyond the frontier of their empire. [5], In 1949, a version by Sugar Chile Robinson reached number 14 on the R&B chart. Find more of Dougie MacLean lyrics. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. Caledonia was a homesick song. He was still finding his way as a songwriter when he wrote Caledonia and says that if he tried to write it now it would be much more complex lyrically and musically. It is a song from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and refers to the Caledonia coal mines in Glace Bay with #3 being one of the pits. "That's lovely. [6] Later, James Brown recorded the song, with an arrangement by Sammy Lowe, as his first release for Smash Records in 1964. He says: "It would be very rude of me to do shows without singing it because it means so much to so many people. Video, Covid: Homeless left struggling for shelter, Zodiac Killer: Code-breakers solve San Francisco killer's cipher, US Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed bid to overturn election, Brexit: UK-EU talks continue as Navy boats put on standby, Alfred Bourgeois: Second death row inmate executed in two days, Prince William and Kate make red carpet debut with royal children, Space tourism: Virgin space plane to fly above new base, Covid: Genes hold clues to why some people get severely ill, Covid: FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in US, Aztec skull tower: Archaeologists unearth new sections in Mexico City, FKA twigs sues ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf over alleged abuse. Forty years after recording the song, MacLean says he has to sing it wherever in the world he goes, from the Yukon delta in Alaska to the Northern Territories of Australia. C aledonia as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Caledonia is "the Scottish highlands". [1] Herman's version, arranged by the young Neal Hefti, reached number two on the pop chart. Original lyrics of Caledonia, My Love song by Hiss Golden Messenger. Van Morrison named his seventies touring group, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Although sung regularly at special occasions, the song wasn’t originally meant to be a national anthem – ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Caledonia’ and ‘Scotland the Brave’ had all been used as Scottish national anthems before it. "I walk down the street and there are buskers singing it," he says. On the pop chart, the song peaked at number six with the title "Caldonia Boogie".[1]. I don't know if you can see The changes that have come over me In these last few days I've been afraid That I might drift away I've been telling old stories, singing songs 2. At the same time as Jordan's success, the song was also recorded both by Erskine Hawkins and Woody Herman. Caledonia, Caledonia Seeing you walk by Make a river twist and shout Shakes the birds right from the sky [Chorus] Caledonia, who could own ya Spirit of romance Caledonia, Caledonia, dance Caledonia, Caledonia Your simple little greed Make an inch of a loser`s wings Lyrics courtesy Top40db. I don't know if you can see the changes that have come over me, In these last few days I've been afraid that I might drift away, So I've been telling old stories, singing songs, that make me think about where I come from, That's the reason why I seem so far away today, Let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time, Caledonia you're calling me and now I'm going home, But if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad, Caledonia's been everything I've ever had, I have moved and I've kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving, Lost the friends that I needed losing, found others on the way, I have tried and I've kept on trying, stolen dreams, yes there's no denying*, I have travelled hard sometimes with conscience flying somewhere in the wind, Now I'm sitting here before the fire, the empty room the forest choir, The flames that couldn't get any higher they've withered now they've gone, But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear and I know what I will do tomorrow, When the hands have shaken and the kisses flow then I will disappear. This song came out when he went solo for that short time. The song was written and originally performed by the Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie McLean. © 2020 BBC. How many versions of @DougieMaclean's Caledonia are there? MacLean voiced his support for independence during the Scottish referendum in 2014 and sang Caledonia at Yes rallies but he says it is up to every individual to decide what the song means. Caledonia, historical area of north Britain beyond Roman control, roughly corresponding to modern Scotland.It was inhabited by the tribe of Caledones (Calidones). C G But if I should become a stranger, Am F Know that it would make me more than sad, G C Caledonia's been everything I've ever had. in 1912 which has become very popular. (Geological Science) of or denoting a period of mountain building in NW Europe in the Palaeozoic era Crazy 'bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name, Caldonia! 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