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. [1] It debuted on the chart in May 1945 and reached number one in June, where it stayed for seven weeks. 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. That was my wife at the time, and we put it in her name. The song was written and originally performed by the Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie McLean. General CommentThis song has such a personal meaning to me. Crazy 'bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name. or any of his other songs for that matter. What makes your big head so hard? A version by Erskine Hawkins, also in 1945, was described by Billboard magazine as "rock and roll", the first time that phrase was used in print to describe any style of music. Caledonia is a frequent subject in the songs and poetry of Scotland. G D Now I have moved and kept on moving, Em C Proved the points that I needed proving, G D Lost the friends that I needed losing, Em C Found others on the way. Tiffany from Conroe, Tx Actually, this song isn't from the band. Caledonia was sent to James Johnson on 23 January 1789 for inclusion in the Scots Musical Museum, however Johnson did not print the song.. However, it was written by Jordan, who used his wife's name to enable him to work with an additional music publisher. It was missed off the compilations until the box set. Caledonia was a homesick song. 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. 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 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. Over the years the song has been covered by musicians from Eddi Reader and Paolo Nutini to Amy Macdonald and Ronan Keating. She said: "This song for me exquisitely captures the sensation of having Scotland in your soul and only ever feeling truly complete when you are there.". 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. 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 … 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. Louis Jordan - Caldonia Lyrics. Watch official video, print or download text in PDF. “But it’s not just Scotland. 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 [5], In 1949, a version by Sugar Chile Robinson reached number 14 on the R&B chart. Van Morrison named his seventies touring group, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Moore, of Brasfield, Arkansas, was given writing credit for “Caldonia,” as well as a co-credit for It's only on the Dave Matthews CD. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. Records. 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. "The bass line translated into a reggae feel effortlessly," said Wakeling told Rolling Stone. It is a romantic name for Scotland with connotations of history, mystery and resistance. Jordan later commented, "Fleecie Moore's name is on it, but she didn't have anything to do with it. 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 Comment and share your favourite lyrics. 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. 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. 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. Caldonia! in 1912 which has become very popular. There are some other generic floating verses. "Caldonia" is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. @BBCPolliemac selected a few of the best for #BBCGMS. This song is not about Caledonia as Scotland. I first heard the song when Celtic Woman had done it on some PBS special that I had seen multiple times. A list of lyrics, artists and songs that contain the term "caledonia" - from the Lyrics.com website. 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. The writing of the song is credited to Jordan's wife of the time, Fleecie Moore. Read about our approach to external linking. It’s Scottish and not traditional, although a lot of people seem to think it is. Original lyrics of Caledonia, My Love song by Hiss Golden Messenger. Sir Walter Scott, in his Lay of the Last Minstrel wrote of "O Caledonia! C Caledonia you're calling me, G C Now I'm going home. "I still enjoy singing it. 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As a songwriter you only need one little thing like that to vindicate everything that you have done.". A version by Erskine Hawkins, also in 1945, was described by Billboard magazine as "rock and roll", the first time that phrase was used in print to describe any style of music. It never came out on a DMB CD. "I probably would not be able to write something like Caledonia now, which is fascinating as a songwriter," he says. You should not sing it in a Fleadh competition. It was on German TV, WDR. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The Romans first invaded the district under Agricola about ad 80 and later won a decisive battle at Mons Graupius. MacLean, who is now 63, grew up in the village of Butterstone near Dunkeld in Perthshire and started playing fiddle with traditional Scottish music band the Tannahill Weavers before going solo. More about this song. Caledonia is a frequent subject in the songs and poetry of Scotland. 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. Caledonia, you're calling me and now I'm going home For if I should become a stranger you know that it would make me more than sad Caledonia's been everything I've ever had 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 flowed then I will disappear Chorus ... during the roman invasion of brittania a wall was built by the emperor hadrian to represent the northernmost point of the empire. © 2020 BBC. [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. the name of scotland before it was scotland. Sir Walter Scott, in his Lay of the Last Minstrel wrote of "O Caledonia! ", .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}'Caledonia' folk writer receives OBE, Supreme Court rejects Trump-backed election lawsuit. "I walk down the street and there are buskers singing it," he says. It appeared at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the R&B chart was suspended at the time). "It transcends a lot of that stuff," he says. Explain your version of song meaning, find more of Hiss Golden Messenger lyrics. 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Dakeyne], https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Caldonia&oldid=992781215, Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one singles, United States National Recording Registry recordings, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, "Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door", This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 01:50. Lips Page song. 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. [1] Herman's version, arranged by the young Neal Hefti, reached number two on the pop chart. "[2] However, by the time of that quote, Jordan and Moore had divorced after a number of arguments in which she had stabbed him with a knife. Jordan re-recorded the song in 1956, arranged by Quincy Jones with Mickey Baker on guitar. [6] Later, James Brown recorded the song, with an arrangement by Sammy Lowe, as his first release for Smash Records in 1964. I.R.S. I was on a beach in Brittany, France. "It is a very honest, authentic, genuine little love song for the place where I grew up, maybe that's why it pushes buttons in people.". Burns wrote (or collected) a song Caledonia and James Hogg, the Ettrick Poet also wrote a poem Caledonia . Burns wrote (or collected) a song Caledonia and James Hogg, the Ettrick Poet also wrote a poem Caledonia. But this year marks four decades since the song featured on MacLean's debut album. What does Caledonia mean? 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 Andy Williams' 1962 hit was reborn reggae-style by The Beat on their 1980 album, I Just Can't Stop It. [7], Jordan. Caledonia is sung and played at weddings and funerals and that’s something that doesn’t happen to lots of big pop songs. The etymology of the name is probably from a P-Celtic source. 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. 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. Lyrics to 'Caledonia' by Celtic Woman. it still stands to this day near the modern border of england and scotland. The word is supposedly derived from the general's name. 2. I love her, I love her just the same 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 was originally the name given by the Romans to the north of Great Britain. The “ cask of brandy” verse seems to have been borrowed from Peggy Gordon, which is another song from Nova Scotia. 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. She didn't know nothin' about no music at all. The lyrics include Jordan's trademark use of comedy: Walkin' with my baby she's got great big feet Caledonia, historical area of north Britain beyond Roman control, roughly corresponding to modern Scotland.It was inhabited by the tribe of Caledones (Calidones). Hugh Ogilvie wrote a song Hail Caledonia! The song has not had many airings on official releases, and doesn’t appear on 1969 to 1990 tapes either. The 40 years since he wrote Caledonia have seen MacLean become one of Scotland's most successful folk musicians. She's my baby and I love her just the same Have a listen.🎧 pic.twitter.com/UZEyV7eCD5. She's long, lean, and lanky and ain't had nothing to eat "That's when you feel like you have got a good song. Watch official video, print or download text in PDF. Frontman Dave Wakeling's father loved the original, and as it happened, the song was a perfect fit for the ska treatment. 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 can still transport myself back to being young 20-year-old that wrote it.". "I was genuinely homesick and it was just a little song I wrote.". .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 contemporary usage is as a romantic or poetic name for Scotland. Explore 2 meanings and explanations or write yours. Find more of Dougie MacLean 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, 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. (Geological Science) of or denoting a period of mountain building in NW Europe in the Palaeozoic era At the same time as Jordan's success, the song was also recorded both by Erskine Hawkins and Woody Herman. Original lyrics of Caledonia song by Dougie MacLean. "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. "Caldonia" is a jump blues song, first recorded in 1945 by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. "Then I saw the ad and said to myself 'this is about Scottish self-confidence, go ahead, use the song'.". The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. In the years since, it has become part of Scotland's "common culture", says MacLean, often being talked about as a candidate for the national anthem. 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. [1] "Caldonia" became his fifth number one on "Race Records" chart. [3] Jordan also filmed a "soundie" performance of the song for the musical short Caldonia, which was shown in movie theaters. "I have friends who play in pubs who say when they are dying a death they just whip that song out and the whole pub is back on their side again. G D But if I should become a stranger, Em C Now that would make me more than sad, C D G Caledonia's been everything I've ever had. 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 liked it, but didn't think anything of it. DOUGIE MACLEAN AND CALEDONIA – THE STORY OF A SONG. A performance from the Muddy Waters Blues Band in 1978. C aledonia as a girls' name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Caledonia is "the Scottish highlands". Her name is on this song and that song, and she's still getting money. This song is from just Dave Matthews. The programm was called: Rockpalast. The lawsuit sought to invalidate results in four states where President Trump lost the US election. who plays Celtic Connections on Wednesday night. MacLean says there have been some "horrendous" cover versions over the years but generally he loves to hear other people singing it. Crazy 'bout that woman 'cause Caldonia is her name, Caldonia! Originally the name of the people conquered by the Roman general Agricola in that area around 80 AD. stern and, wild". "I was very young when I wrote it so the words are very simple," he says. He says: "It would be very rude of me to do shows without singing it because it means so much to so many people. Covid: Homeless left struggling for shelter. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. In the past decade he has been inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, received an OBE and a Lifetime Achievement accolade at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 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. Caledonia is the original Roman name for Northern Britain, later becoming restricted to Scotland. On the pop chart, the song peaked at number six with the title "Caldonia Boogie".[1]. "That's lovely. 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