Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

ORANGE AND BLUE [BROCHAN LOM]

This sparky strathspey or schottische has been popular throughout Scotland for over 200 years. Its Gaelic title, Brochan Lom, means 'Thin porridge'.

It was played for the East Lothian country dance called Orange and Blue.

 

It is played on panpipes and drum by Edinburgh busker Joe Cadona in 1951.

Various small verses are sung to this tune, including the Gaelic song 'Brochan Lom'.

 

They include,

 

Broken down, broken down, broken down in Beauly x 3

Tow me back, tow me back, tow me back to Dingwall.

 

And,

 

Jock White, Jock White, far'd ye get the bairn x3

I got it fae a tinkler wifie comin fae the Nairn