The Skye Boat Song Lyrics (All Versions)

This post was most recently updated on October 10th, 2020

I first heard “The Skye Boat Song” on the TV Series “Outlander”. I liked the song so much that I went on looking for its original source on the internet.

While surfing, I learned that “The Skye Boat Song” is a late 19th-century Scottish song. Since then there have been various versions of that song. So, here we have the Outlander theme song lyrics with different variants.

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Original Lyrics

Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! The sailors cry
carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar
Thunderclaps rend the air
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.

Many’s the lad, fought in that day
Well the claymore did wield
When the night came, silently lay
Dead on Culloden’s field.

Though the waves leap, soft shall ye sleep,
Ocean’s a royal bed.
Rocked in the deep, Flora will keep
Watch by your weary head.

Burned are their homes, exile, and death
Scatter the loyal men
Yet ere the sword cool in the sheath
Charlie will come again.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a poem editing the original lyrics, probably in around 1885.

Stevenson’s Poem Lyrics

Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
Say, could that lad be I?
Merry of soul he sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Mull was astern, Rum on the port,
Eigg on the starboard bow;
Glory of youth glowed in his soul
Where is that glory now?

Give me again all that was there
Give me the sun that shone!
Give me the eyes, give me the soul
Give me the lad that’s gone!
Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,

All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.

There has also been a hymn adaptation of the tune, known as “Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind”.

Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind Lyrics

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love!

You spoke to us long, long ago,
gave us the written word;
we read it still, needing its truth
through it, God’s voice is heard.

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour’s love!

Without your help, we fail our Lord,
we cannot live His way;
we need Your power, we need Your strength,
following Christ each day.

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe
show us the Saviour’s love!

“The latest Skye Boat Song Lyrics from the TV Series Outlander”

The word “lad” used in the version by Robert Louis Stevenson is replaced by “lass” to reflect the story in the series.

Outlander theme song lyrics

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye

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