So Bid Farewell

The Idiot. Stan Rogers. I often take these nightshift walks when the foreman’s not around. I turn my back on the cooling stacks and make for open ground. Far out beyond the tank-farm fence where the gas-flare makes no sound, I forget the stink and I always think back to that Eastern town. I remember […]

Barefooted Tatterdemalions

It cannot have escaped the notice of the most inattentive observer, that this country has been brought to its present state of distress and confusion, chiefly by the art and industry of pretended patriots, both in England and America, who were stimulated by indigence, avarice, or ambition, to embroil the government, and mislead the people. […]

I Will Aye Remember

Bide a wee ye bonnie hours o’ sweet yestreen Haud awa’ the thocht that e’er I will forget Lang the wimplin wey unrowes afore my een? And the mindin’ will be sweeter yet Chorus: Aye, the road was haudin’ frae the lass that I will aye remember Braw burn the bridges far behind me in […]

Killed Them A’ but Ane

Johnny arose on a May mornin’ Gone for water tae wash his hands He hae loused tae me his twa gray dogs That lie bound in iron bands When Johnny’s mother, she heard o’ this Her hands for dule she wrang Cryin’, “Johnny, for yer venison Tae the green woods dinna ye gang” Aye, but […]

Little Wat Ye Wha’s Coming

Little wat ye wha’s coming, Little wat ye wha’s coming, Little wat ye wha’s coming, Jock and Tam and a’s coming. Duncan’s coming, Donald’s coming, Colin’s coming, Ronald’s coming, Dougald’s coming, Lauchlan’s coming, Alaster and a’s coming. Borland and his men’s coming, Cameron and M’Lean’s coming, Gordon and M’Gregor’s coming, Ilka Dunywastle’s coming. Little wat […]

A Toast to the Alabama

The wind blows off yon rocky shore, Boys! set your sails all free; And soon our booming cannon’s roar Shall ring out merrily. Run up your bunting taught a-peak, And swear, lads, to defend her; ‘Gainst every foe, where ‘er we go, Our motto “No Surrender!” Chorus: Then sling the bowl, drink ev’ry soul, A […]

Tae Win Oor Liberty

By the cross oor Andrew bore By the sword oor William wore By the crown our Robert swore Tae win oor Liberty Ca’ the falcon frae the glen, Ca’ the eagle frae the ben Ca’ the lion frae his den Tae win oor Liberty By the man wha’s faith was old By the man they […]

Ask Everybody That Ain’t Asleep to Stand Right Up and Yell

Hey porter, hey porter, would you tell me the time? How much longer will it be till we cross that Mason-Dixon line? At daylight would ya tell that engineer to slow it down? Or better still, just stop the train ’cause I wanna look around Hey porter, hey porter, what time did ya say? How […]

Confed’rate Forever

May our states of the South never sever But companions of freedom e’er be; May they flourish Confed’rate forever, The boast of the brave and the free. — Dixie, The Land of King Cotton, words by Captain Hughes, music by John Hill Hewitt.

Base Tyranny Quails at Thy Feet

Oh, Dixie, the land of King Cotton, The home of the brave and the free; A nation by freedom begotten, The terror of despots to be. Wherever thy banner is streaming, Base tyranny quails at thy feet; And liberty’s sunlight is beaming In splendor of majesty sweet. CHORUS: Then three cheers for our Army so […]

Once in a Lifetime

The red hot sun burns up the hill The winter’s bride, the summer’s king I tramp these acres and I feel Once upon a time Then it seemed that everything You saw and touched and felt was real You turned the tap and you turned the wheel Breathing free Once in a lifetime You live […]