#IndyRef songs 7 – Run to the hills by Iron Maiden

(This is a small blog series using songs to ask questions about the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. Not intended as anything beyond lighthearted.)

Song 7 – Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden


What’s the song about?
Well it seems to be an account of how the people who discovered america, dealt with the people who lived there. (ooh history!) In many ways it makes an excellent companion piece to the Proclaimers Letter from America. The song is about the appropriate action to the invaders being running to the hills for you life. In many ways it is a love song to exercise and hill running specifically.

What questions are similar around the referendum?
How do we view the place of others. While the invaders in the song seeks to rape and kill, the others, (in this case the remainderUK) are offering people consumerism and economics based on a largely economic service sector model. historically has our union been good or not? which hill run would increase our fitness but maybe seen as defensive. Which hills should we run up?

What conclusions can we draw about the independence referendum vote?
The response to what happened to the past will probably guide and inform our way forward.
perhaps if Alistair Darling was riding a horse people would be running from him and his campaign?