Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

BATHGATE ONCE MORE - Simpson Primary's work

   

  

  These pages show some of the work of classes P4&5 and P6&5 of Simpson Primary in early 2011 with writer Ewan McVicar. We wrote songs, made and took pictures and researched about the British Leyland plant that was where our school now stands.

OUR NEW SONGS ABOUT

BATHGATE AND THE PLANT

 

 HERE IN BATHGATE TOWN

By P4&5

Tune : Ni Wapi Banana, from Kenya

TO HEAR THIS SONG SUNG PRESS HERE


Four years ago they built a school in BATHGATE!
So we will never be fools in BATHGATE!
Simpson Primary is cool in BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

Down on Castle Road – BATHGATE!
There used to be a castle on its own – BATHGATE!
I bet they didn’t have a phone – BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

There were ancient farms in – BATHGATE!
A house and a midden and a barn in – BATHGATE!
Crops and cows and lambs in – BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

On a grassy field on a farm in BATHGATE!
A different kind of plant was born in BATHGATE!
No tatties or carrots or corn – BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

They piled up the earth with big machines in BATHGATE!
They were really keen in BATHGATE!
Then they stopped and had a plate of beans in BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

[slow down]
Do you think they had a big pipe band [imitate pipe band] – BATHGATE!
For the opening ceremony – BATHGATE!
Of the truck and tractor factory – BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town

[slow down more, stop and start]
That was fifty years ago in BATHGATE!
After twenty five years it had to go from BATHGATE!
Now we live there you know in BATHGATE!
Here in Bathgate town - BATHGATE!!

 

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

By P 6&5

Tune: I Ziga Zumba, from South Africa 

TO HEAR THIS SONG PRESS HERE

British Leyland trucks and tractors
Built in Bathgate factory
We found pictures, we wrote stories
On our website, come and see

They were sold to different countries
Finland, Sweden, Russia ya ya
Kenya, Ghana and Uganda
Argentina and Brazil zil zil

In the 60s and the 70s
Bathgate was a vibrant town
People worked in the plant
From the places all around

Blackburn, Whitburn and Linlithgow
Ladywell and Livingston tun tun
Boghall, Uphall and Torphichen
Addiewell and Armadale dale dale

Before 1961
On the site there was a farm
Where they built the massive plant
In 86 there came alarm
 
There was a sad announcement
“We are going to shut you down down down!”
When the workers heard the bad news
There were frowns all round the town town town

The workers tried to save it
They held protests, they sat in
But their hard work was in vain
 They felt angry, they were glum

Then there came a giant car park
Where the factory had been been been
Till at last they built a village
And again the place was green green green

In the year two oh oh seven
Oh seven, oh seven
They built a school called Simpson’s
Our brilliant primary

 

If you hover your mouse over 'BathGate Once More' up on the left, you will find pages that show 

* more songs we wrote with Ewan

* some of our artwork

* some of our photos

* some of  our writing

* about John Steel Apprentice