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I'm listening to The Proclaimers this morning, and one of their songs really hit me as important. Its about Scotland's history, but simply about the Scottish people born and raised there, but about immigrants and people from other religions who are ignored because they're not "pure Scottish" blood. Its easy to dismiss people who are not native, but we must remember that add to our nation's history, and play an important role in society. Here is the song and lyrics, since I think it expresses my sentiment better than I can:


SONG: Scotland's Story
BY: The Proclaimers
LINK: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Scotland%27s-Story-lyrics-Th...

Michael McGrory from west Donegal
You came to Glasgow with nothing at all
You fought the landlord then the Afrika korps
When you came to Glasgow with nothing at all

Abraham Caplan from Vilnius you came
You were heading for New York but Leith's where you've stayed
You built a great business which benefits all
Since you came to this land with nothing at all

In Scotland's story I read that they came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
But so did the Irishman, Jew and Ukraine
They're all Scotland's Story and they're all worth the same

Joseph D'Angelo dreams of the days
When Italian kids in the Grassmarket played
We burned out his shop when the boys went to war
But auld Joe's a big man and he forgave all

In Scotland's story I'm told that they came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
But where's all the Chinese and Indian names?
They're in my lands story and they're all worth the same

Christina McKay, I learned of your name
How you travelled south from Delny one day
You raised a whole family in one room they say
And the X on the line stands in place of your name

So in the old story I'll bet that I came
From Gael and Pict and Angle and Dane
And a poor migrant girl who could not write her name
It's a common old story but it's mine just the same

All through the story the immigrants came
The Gael and the Pict, the Angle and Dane
From Pakistan, England and from the Ukraine
We're all Scotland's story and we're all worth the same
Your Scotland's story is worth just the same

My father's side is made up of immigrants from Russia and Germany. That is why this song is so important to me. I feel no hatred towards people who move here from other countries. They're people just like me, trying to survive in this world. Besides, we ALL are descendants of immigrants in one fashion or another. Whether you're a first Gen, Second, third or several generations removed...We've all come from other lands.


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