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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 1st

    "Broom of Cowdenknowes" - Cherish The Ladies with Dierdre Connolly -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVZTO-3abgU

    Alternate Version -

    "Broom of Cowdenknowes" - Silly Wizard -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6qXn4E7PNI

    "How blithe each morn was I tae see
    My lass came o'er the hill.
    She skipped the burn and ran tae me,
    I met her with good will.

    O the broom, the bonnie, bonnie broom
    The broom o' the cowdenknowes.
    Fain would I be in the north country
    Herding her father's ewes.

    We neither herded ewes nor lamb
    While the flock near us lay.
    She gathered in the sheep at night
    And cheered me all the day

    Hard fate that I should banished be
    Gone way o'er hill and moor,
    Because I loved the fairest lass
    That ever yet was born.

    Adieu, ye cowdenknowes, adieu.
    Farewell all pleasures there
    To wander by her side again
    Is all I crave or care."

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 2nd…

    "The Bluebells of Scotland" - The Corries

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D26dLKG61UI

    "Oh where, tell me where, has your Highland laddie gone?
    Oh where, tell me where, has your Highland laddie gone?
    He's gone wi' streaming banners where noble deeds are done
    And it's oh, in my heart I wish him safe at home

    Oh where, tell me where, did your Highland laddie dwell?
    Oh where, tell me where, did your Highland laddie dwell?
    He dwelt in Bonnie Scotland, where blooms the sweet blue bell
    And it's oh, in my heart I lo'ed my laddie well

    Oh what, tell me what, does your Highland laddie wear?
    Oh what, tell me what, does your Highland laddie wear?
    A bonnet with a lofty plume, and on his breast a plaid
    And it's oh, in my heart I lo'ed my Highland lad

    Oh what, tell me what, if your Highland laddie is slain?
    Oh what, tell me what, if your Highland laddie is slain?
    Oh no, true love will be his guard and bring him safe again
    For it's oh, my heart would break if my Highland lad were slain"

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 3rd

    "Ca' the Yowes" - Dougie MacLean

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1PukEt2axw

    "Chorus

    Ca' the yowes to the knowes,
    Ca' them where the heather grows,
    Ca' them where the burnie rowes,
    My bonie dearie.

    Hark, the mavis e'ening sang
    Sounding Clouden's woods amang
    Then a-faulding let us gang.
    My bonie dearie.

    Chorus

    We'll gae down by Clouden side,
    Thro the hazels, spreading wide
    O'er the waves that sweetly glide
    To the moon sae clearly.

    Chorus

    Yonder Clouden's silent towers
    Where, at moonshine's midnight hours,
    O'er the dewy bending flowers
    Fairies dance sae cheery.

    Chorus

    Ghaist nor bogle shalt thou fear
    Thou'rt to Love and Heav'n sae dear
    Nocht of ill may come thee near,
    My bonie dearie.

    Chorus"

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 4th

    "Caller Herrin'" - Anne Lorne Gillies

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF66_Cor-uk

    "Chorus

    Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
    They're bonnie fish and halesome farin';
    Wha'll buy my caller herrin',
    New drawn frae the Forth?

    When ye were sleepin' on your pillows,
    Dream'd ye aught o' our puir fellows,
    Darkling as they fac'd the billows,
    A' to fill the woven willows?
    Buy my caller herrin',
    New drawn frae the Forth.

    Chorus

    Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
    They're no brought here without brave darin';
    Buy my caller herrin',
    Haul'd through wind and rain.

    Chorus

    WhaIl buy my caller herrin'?
    Oh, ye may ca' them vulgar farin'
    Wives and mithers, maist despairin',
    Ca' them lives o' men.

    Chorus

    When the creel o' herrin' passes,
    Ladies-clad in silks and laces,
    Gather in their braw pelisses,
    Cast their heads and screw their faces,

    Chorus

    Caller herrin's no got lightlie:
    Ye can trip the spring fu' tightlie;
    Spite o' tauntin', flauntin', flingin',
    Gow had set you a' a-singing

    Chorus

    Neebour wives, now tent my tellin';
    When the bonnie fish ye're sellin',
    At ae word be in yere dealin' -
    Truth will stand when a' thin's failin',

    Chorus "

    "Caller Herrin'" is a Scottish song, the music by Nathaniel Gow (1763–1831), and the words by Carolina Nairne (1766–1845).

    "Caller herrin'" means fresh herring. It was the traditional cry of Newhaven fishwives, who carried in creels freshly caught herring which they sold from door to door. Gow, a violinist and bandleader of Edinburgh, incorporated this cry, and also the bells of St Andrew's Church, into his composition, written about 1798. It became one of his best-known tunes.

    Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, was a songwriter, using the pseudonym "Mrs Bogan of Bogan". Attending balls in country houses of Perthshire, she heard the music of Nathaniel Gow, and wrote words for "Caller Herrin'"

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 5th

    "Cam' ye by Athol" - The Tannahill Weavers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPWo2tgLYPA

    "Cam' ye by Athol, lad wi' the philabeg,
    Down by the Tummel, or banks of the Garry?
    Saw ye the lads, wi' their bonnets an' white cockades,
    Leaving their mountains to follow Prince Charlie.

    Chorus

    Follow thee, follow thee, wha wadna follow thee?
    Long has thou lov'd an' trusted us fairly!
    Charlie, Charlie, wha wadna follow thee?
    King o' the Highland hearts, bonnie Charlie.

    I hae but ae son, my gallant young Donald;
    But if I had ten, they should follow Glengarry;
    Health to MacDonald and gallant Clan Ronald,
    For these are the men that will die for their Charlie.

    Chorus

    I'll go to Lochiel, and Appin, and kneel to them;
    Down by Lord Murray and Roy of Kildarlie;
    Brave Mackintosh, he shall fly to the field wi' them;
    These are the lads I can trust wi' my Charlie.

    Chorus

    Down by thro' the Lowlands, down wi' the whigamore,
    Loyal true Highlanders, down wi' them rarely;
    Ronald and Donald drive on wi' the braid claymore,
    Over the necks o' the foes o' Prince Charlie.

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 6th…

    "Charlie Is My Darling" - Eddi Reader

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f6x8HV9RPo

    "Twas on a Monday morning,
    Right early in the year,
    When Charlie came to our town
    The Young Chevalier.

    Chorus

    Charlie is my darling, my darling, my darling.
    Charlie is my darling, the young Chevalier.
    As he cam' marchin' up the street,
    The pipes played loud and clear.
    And a' the folk cam' rinnin' out
    To meet the Chevalier.

    Chorus

    Wi' highland bonnets on their heads
    And claymores bright and clear,
    They cam' to fight for Scotland's right
    And the young Chevalier.

    Chorus

    They've left their bonnie highland hills,
    Their wives and bairnies dear,
    To draw the sword for Scotland's lord,
    The young Chevalier.

    Chorus

    Oh, there were many beating hearts,
    And mony a hope and fear,
    And mony were the pray'rs put up,
    For the young Chevalier.

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 7th…

    "Come Owre the Stream" - The Corries

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrrwyhvJfk8

    "Chorus:

    Come owre the stream Charlie,
    Dear Charlie, brave Charlie,
    Come owre the stream Charlie,
    And dine wi' MacLean;
    And though you be weary
    We'll mak' your heart cheery,
    And welcome our Charlie;
    And his loyal train.

    We'll bring down the track dear
    We'll bring down the black steer,
    The lamb from the brecken
    And doe from the glen.
    The salt sea we'll harry,
    And bring to oor Charlie,
    The cream from the bothy
    And curd from the pen.

    Chorus

    And you shall drink freely
    The dews of Glen Sheerly
    That stream in the starlight
    When kings dinna ken;
    And deep be your meed
    O' the wine that is red,
    To drink to your sire
    And his frien' the MacLean.

    Chorus

    If aught will invite you,
    Or more will delight you
    'Tis ready a troop
    Of oor bold Hieland men
    Shall range on the heather
    Wi' bonnet and feather,
    Strong arms and broad claymores,
    Three hundred and ten

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 8th…

    "Comin' Through The Rye/ Dram Behind The Curtain"" - Eddi Reader

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDAWFaBe3ho

    "Comin’ through the rye, poor bodies
    comin’ through the rye
    gin a body meet a body
    need a body cry

    Jenny’s all wet, poor body
    Jenny’s seldom dry
    she’s draigl’t all her petticoaties
    comin’ through the rye

    comin’ through the rye

    gin a body meet a body
    comin’ through the rye
    gin a body kiss a body
    need a body cry

    every lassie has a laddie,
    none they say have I
    well, all the lassies smile at me, when
    comin’ through the rye

    through the rye

    – Dram behind the curtain

    comin’ through the rye, poor bodies
    comin’ through the rye
    comin’ through the rye, poor bodies
    comin’ through the rye

    Jenny’s all wet, poor body
    Jenny’s seldom dry
    she’s draigl’t all her petticoats
    comin’ through the rye

    through the rye

    – Dram behind the curtain, vocalize backing vocal

    oh, she’s draigl’t all her petticoaties
    comin’ through the rye"


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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 9th…

    "Contented Wi' Little and Cantie Wi' Mair" -

    The Scottish Early Music Consort


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rZVdTJtCcQ

    "Contented wi' little, and cantie wi' mair,
    Whene'er I foregather wi' Sorrow and Care,
    I gie them a skelp as they're creepin' alang,
    Wi' a cog o' guid swats, and an auld Scottish sang.

    I whyles claw the elbow o' troublesome Thought;
    But man is a sodger, and life is a faught:
    My mirth and gude humour are coin in my pouch,
    And my Freedom's my lairdship nae monarch daur touch.

    A towmond o' trouble, should that be my fa',
    A night o' gude fellowship sowthers it a':
    When at the blythe end o' our journey at last,
    Wha the deil ever thinks o' the road he has past!

    Blind Chance, let her snapper and stoyte on her way;
    Be't to me, be't frae me, e'en let the jade gae:
    Come Ease, or come Travail, come Pleasure or Pain,
    My warst word is:- "Welcome, and welcome again!""
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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 10th…

    "Coulters Candy" - Steam Jenny

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enYU2eFnV4M

    "Ally, bally, ally bally bee,
    Sittin' on yer mammy's knee
    Greetin' for anither bawbee,
    Tae buy mair Coulter's candy.

    Poor wee Jeannie's lookin' affa thin,
    A rickle o' banes covered ower wi' skin,
    Noo she's gettin' a double chin
    Wi' sookin' Coulter's Candy.

    Ally, bally, ally bally bee,
    Sittin' on yer mammy's knee
    Greetin' for anither bawbee,
    Tae buy mair Coulter's candy.

    Little Annie's greetin' tae
    Sae whit can puir wee Mammy dae
    But gie them a penny atween them twae
    Tae buy mair Coulter's Candy.

    Ally, bally, ally bally bee,
    Sittin' on yer mammy's knee
    Greetin' for anither bawbee,
    Tae buy mair Coulter's candy.

    Mammy gie me ma thrifty doon
    Here's auld Coulter comin' roon
    Wi' a basket on his croon
    Selling Coulter's Candy.

    Ally, bally, ally bally bee,
    Sittin' on yer mammy's knee
    Greetin' for anither bawbee,
    Tae buy mair Coulter's candy."

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 11th…

    "The Day We Went to Rothesay, O!" - Jean Redpath

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeULp2ez02Y

    "One Hogmany at Glesca Fair,
    There was me, mysel' and sev'ral mair,
    We a' went off to hae a tear
    An' spend the nicht in Rothesay, O,
    We wandered thro' the Broomielaw,
    Thro' wind an' rain an' sleet an' snaw,
    And at forty minutes after twa,
    We got the length o' Rothesay, O.

    Chorus:

    A dirrum a doo a dum a day,
    A dirrum a doo a daddy O,
    A dirrum a doo a dum a day,
    The day we went to Rothesay, O.

    A sodger lad named Ru'glen Will,
    Wha's regiment's lyin' at Barra Hill,
    Gaed off wi' a tanner to get a gill
    In a public hoose in Rothesay, O.
    Said he 'I think I'd like to sing'
    Said I 'Ye'll no' dae sic a thing'
    He said 'Clear the room and I'll mak' a ring
    And I'll fecht them all in Rothesay, O.

    Chorus

    In search of lodgins we did slide,
    To find a place where we could bide;
    There was eighty-twa o' us inside
    In a single room in Rothesay, O.
    We a' lay doon to tak' our ease,
    When somebody happened for to sneeze,
    And he wakened half a million fleas
    In a single room in Rothesay, O.

    Chorus

    There were several different kinds of bugs,
    Some had feet like dyer's clogs,
    And they sat on the bed and they cockit their lugs,
    And cried 'Hurrah for Rothesay, O !
    'O noo', says I, 'we'll have to 'lope'
    So we went and joined the Band O'Hope,
    But the polis wouldna let us stop
    Another nicht in Rothesay, O.

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 12th…

    "The Deil's Awa' Wi' Th' Exciseman" - Ewan MacColl

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf0twuZPL1U

    "The Deil cam fiddlin' through the toun
    And danced awa' wi' th' exciseman,
    And ilka wife cried, 'Auld Mahoun,
    I wish you luck o' the prize, man.'

    Chorus

    The Deil's awa,' the Deil's awa',
    The Deil's awa' wi' th' exciseman.
    He's danced awa', he's danced awa',
    He's danced awa' wl' th' exciseman.

    We'll mak oor maut and we'll brew our drink.
    We'll laugh, sing and rejoice, man,
    And mony braw thanks to the muckle black Deil
    That danced awa' wi' th' exciseman.

    Chorus

    There's threesome reels; there's foursome reels
    There's hornpipes and strathspeys, man,
    But the ae best dance that cam o'er our land
    Was 'The Deil's Awa' Wi' Th' Exciseman'.

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 13th…

    "Down In The Glen" - Moray West & The Orchestra of Scottish Opera

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38xVbqbD2F8

    "Twilight is softly falling as the sun sinks in the West,
    The one I love is calling, "Shepherd, come home to rest."

    Chorus:

    At hush of even-tide,
    O'er the hills beyond the Clyde,
    I go roaming to my heaven,
    Down in the Glen

    Though humble it may be,
    There an angel waits for me,
    In that lonely little heaven,
    Down in the glen.

    Chorus

    Across the moonlit heather,
    My lassie calls as I roam,
    'Tis soon we'll be together
    In that heaven we call "home".

    Chorus

    The sheep are in the fold,
    And there's peace worth more than gold,
    For that shepherd in that heaven,
    Down in the glen.

    Chorus

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 14th…

    "An Eriskay Love Lilt" - Glasgow Orpheus Choir

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMgQew9BBmo

    "Chorus

    Bheir me o, horo van o
    Bheir me o, horo van ee
    Bheir me o, o horo ho
    Sad am I, without thee.

    Thou'rt the music of my heart;
    Harp of joy, o cruit mo chruidh;
    Moon of guidance by night;
    Strength and light thou'rt to me.

    Chorus

    In the morning, when I go
    To the white and shining sea,
    In the calling of the seals
    Thy soft calling to me.

    Chorus

    When I'm lonely, dear white heart,
    Black the night and wild the sea,
    By love's light, my foot finds
    The old pathway to me.

    Chorus "

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    Traditional Scottish Songs... One Tune A Day... September 15th…

    "Fareweel Tae Tarwathie" - Judy Collins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNGoXR5W88c

    "Fareweel tae Tarwathie, adieu, Mormond Hill,
    And the dear land o' Crimond, I bid you fareweel.
    I am bound now for Greenland and ready to sail,
    In hopes to find riches a-hunting the whale.

    Our ship is weel-rigged and ready to sail,
    Our crew they are anxious to follow the whale,
    Where the icebergs do float and the stormy winds blaw,
    And the land and the ocean are covered wi' snaw.

    The cold coast o' Greenland is barren and bare,
    No seed-time nor harvest is ever known there,
    And the birds here sing sweetly on mountain and dale,
    But there isna a birdie tae sing tae the whale.

    There is no habitation for a man to live there,
    And the king of that country is the wild Greenland bear,
    And there'll be no temptation to tarry long there,
    With our ship bumper full we will homeward repair."

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