Eric Clapton and Paul Stewart Tribute Song to The Flying Scot

Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart, also known as The Flying Scot, got a rather special present for his 70th birthday from both his son, Paul Stewart, and rock legend Eric Clapton. Paul wrote the music and lyrics to a song dedicated to his mother and father, while Eric performed the solo guitar on the track.

Jackie, former Formula 1 World Champion and team owner of Formula 1 team Stewart Grand Prix, was very moved by the unexpected gesture. “I cannot think of a more wonderful gift to receive for my Birthday. I did not know that my son Paul could sing; write music, or lyrics for such music. What a surprise and delight. Our younger son Mark created the pictures to go with the music so well; representing the wonderful and exciting life that I have enjoyed with my wife Helen and both of my sons and their families,” he said.

To have Eric Clapton play on this CD and DVD is another enormous thrill and privilege for somebody who enjoys Eric’s music as much as I do. Eric is a good friend and one of the great musicians of the world. I am so proud and honoured that they created all of this for me,” said Jackie.

Paul Stewart also wanted to show his gratitude for everybody involved in the project: “Thank you so much to Eric for urging me to write the song and coming to play on the track at a very busy time; Matt for all he did to pull it all together and finally to 'Uncle' George who was always with me as I searched for guidance. Dedicated to my mother and father with love.

The song is called “Fly Free” and both the lyrics and video are available below.

(Words & Music by Paul Stewart 2009)

Well well, here we are tonight to celebrate with you,
and I’m so pleased that we are here for you,
I’m so proud of the things we’ve done with you,
Thank you all for coming here tonight, I know he’s honoured too

While we’re here, let’s take the time to recognise the magic that’s got us here
So many souls that you have shown me
Some good, some tough but they all brought us here
In so, so many ways, we thank the good and the bad
If you fly with crows, you’ll get shot at...

Well I’m so pleased that we are here to party with you
So bring on the music, let’s dance and sing
We love you so dearly but please don’t judge us tonight...
We’ll just do what we can and play with the vibe!

JYS, LHS I owe it all to you
This song didn’t come easy but the words are from my heart
It’s my gift to you for your three score and ten
What a wonderful place to be I hope to get there too

If you fly with crows, you’ll get shot at...

Well I’m so pleased that we are here to party with you
So bring on the music, let’s dance and sing!
We love you so much for all that you are...
So bring on the music, let’s dance and sing

Fly... free... be... strong....

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