I love wearing the kilt. It is a very proud, visual example of who I am as a person. Because it's not common. It's not "normal". It's different. It’s selcouth. There are people who are afraid of being different, afraid of change. They want everything to go a certain way. But that is not life. People are different. Things do change.
“Kilty Pleasure” is about celebrating the diversity of each individual. We are all different. Some of us are geeks, some are jocks. Some love cats, others prefer dogs. Some are black, others are white. And some prefer pants while others prefer kilts.
I believe we should celebrate our differences through inclusion. It's fine and even good and comforting to be a part of a community. But we should never deny someone just because they are different. We should welcome those who are different into our lives with open arms and celebrate all of our diversity. It makes us stronger as a community and as individuals.
Let me tell you who I am, red-blooded American.
I work 12 hour days, sweating hard for crap pay.
The days are far too long. When at last the weekend comes,
The pants go in the bin, and the kilt comes on again.
Some days I wake up with a joyful expression
As I wrap my kilt round my waist.
I latch on my sporran and pull up my stockings.
A smile grows on my face.
Then I’m off to the pub or the fair or the fest.
A wee swing goes into each step.
‘Cause I’m American born and Celtic forever,
And both are truly blessed.
* I may never know what it means to be normal,
Nor have I knowingly cared.
I will dance through the streets though it makes you uncomfortable.
My kilt will fly in the air. Because it’s my kilty pleasure.
Yes it’s my kilty pleasure.
Some say that I’m strange or call me a girl.
They like to make fun of me.
I blow off their jokes, because I am proud
Of my Scottish ancestry.
But I’m also proud of the blood in my veins,
As different as our country.
My kilt is a symbol of the land that I love
And all of its diversity.
You can say what you like, but the times they are changing.
We celebrate our differences.
Be ye black, brown, or white, I will fight for your rights.
Cuz I know what it means to be scared.
See, my family wore kilts and we fought in Culloden.
We Celts were all one time oppressed.
So I’ll tear down your walls with my southern drawl,
While donning my highland dress.
released February 14, 2022
Lyrics and music by Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Featuring: The Muckers www.culturepunkatl.com. Steve Lingo - drums. Dave Long - accordion. Randall English - bass. Jeff Shaw - fiddle, mandolin, vocal harmonies. Brady Trulove - guitar.. Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Petersen.
Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish
He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic....more