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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Here is a song I composed in honor of the late Dr. John William Philp Henderson of Fordell, Chief of the Name and Arms of Clan Henderson, who left this world on 27 September 2004 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

I am posting it at the web site of my personal journal, "OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE", in honor of my cousin, Lane Trueblood, as the lyrics are particularly apropos.


Words and Music by:
John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee
Wednesday 29 September 2004
VERSE # 1:
The flowers of the forest
Are bonny in the sunlight,
Painting bright colors
On lea, braes, and glen.
Surrounded by heather,
The burn lightly babbles.
All birdies and creatures
Hae something they ken.
A son of Scotland is gone,
And kinsmen will greet, keen, and moan.
Each heart is a flame
To honor the name,
For the clan lives forever and on.
Our clan lives forever and on.
VERSE # 2:
Our clan will awaken
At the skirl of the war pipes;
Ancient tradition
Observed e'en today.
In this solemn moment
Of flowers of the forest,
Each heart in the clan
Will respectfully pray.
VERSE # 3:
From hielands, and low lands,
And all the misty islands,
The blood of our warriors
And chieftains would roam.
As the dew and wee birdies
Announce each Scottish morning,
It's written each man
And his life hae their gloam.
VERSE # 4:
Our clan is united
By centuries of legend.
The virtue of heroes
Is told in our lore.
Our badge and our tartan
Which we are proudly wearing
Inspire us to follow
Our forebears of yore.
Each heart is a flame
To honor the name,
For the clan lives forever,
Forever and ever.
Our clan lives forever
And on.
Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee, KB3KWS
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

"My personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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