Both Sides the Tweed

What’s the spring breathing jasmine and rose? What’s the summer with all its gay train? Or the splendour of autumn to those Who’ve bartered their freedom for gain? Let the love of our land’s sacred rights To the love of our people succeed; Let friendship and honour unite And flourish on both sides the Tweed. […]

Precious Few Heroes

I was listening to the news the other day I heard a fat politician who had the nerve to say He was proud to be Scottish, by the way With the the glories of our past to remember “Here’s tae us, wha’s like us?” Listen to the cry No surrender to the truth and here’s […]

Which Ones Touch the Sun?

You must know someone like him He was tall and strong and lean With a body like a greyhound And a mind so sharp and keen But his heart, just like a laurel, Grew twisted round itself Till almost every thing he did Caused pain to someone else CHORUS: It’s not just what you’re born […]

Puir Bluidy Swaddies Are Wearie

The pipie is dozie, the pipie is fey He wullnae come roun for his vino the day The sky owre Messina is unco an gray An aa the bricht chaumers are eerie Fareweill ye banks o Sicily Fare ye weill ye valley an shaw There’s nae Jock will murn the kyles o ye Aa the […]

Tyrannic Man’s Dominion

This is one of my favourite Burns’ songs.  The best recording of it I have encountered is by Dick Gaughan, the Scottish folk singer/activist.  I think the third verse is masterful. * * * Now Westlin Winds Now westlin winds and slaughtering guns Bring autumn’s pleasant weather The moorcock springs on whirring wings Among the […]