Friday 14 April 2023
Tune of the Day: Lions Led By Donkeys
Jig by Roddy Campbell
Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. He writes:
Incompetent toffs masquerading as army officers were much in evidence during the First World War, and although the phrase and various versions of it pre-date the 20th century, to many people the Lions led by Donkeys tag is forever associated with how the generals (donkeys) in that war stupidly and callously sent thousands upon thousands of infantry soldiers (lions) to their deaths.