Cupparosielee from W YorkshireThe first verse seems to be about the soldiers off to war as t'others said. Second and third verses written as though they could be a spurned love but will not give up hope
Frank from DublinYes, it's about the Flight of The Wild Geese and Ireland subsequently being leaderless, hence the tone of despair: "...how can we carry on when you are gone, my Wild One.."
Roddie from Waterford, IrelandThe Song is based on the Wild Geese. Philip had a huge interest in Irish history
The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick on October 3, 1691, following the end of the Williamite War in Ireland. More broadly, the term "Wild Geese" is used in Irish history to refer to Irish soldiers who left to serve in continental European armies in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Mickey D. from Fremont, CaI wonder what the chorus lyrics are...