Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

PARKHEAD PRIMARY SONGS

BY PARKHEAD P5B 


THE GUNPOWDER SONG

TUNE: Nae Awa Tae Bide Awa


There was a factory in Pumpherston.

What they made went Boom! Boom!

The miners bought it and took it doon,

Into the deep, dark, dank gloom.


They drilled a hole into the shale;

They knew what to use -

Gunpowder cartridges.

And then they lit the fuse.


They blew the shale out of the rock

And cooked it for the wax and oil.

To light the house and make it bright,

Fit for someone posh and royal.


Long ago the miners kept,

Underneath the kitchen bed.

Their powder hidden in a barrel.

”Dangerous!” the women said.


They took some paper,

Strong, thick stuff.

They rolled it, folded so it shut

Put the powder in the roll

Ready for the undercut.


When the Co-op started

The women said, “We’d pay a pound.

Make a factory for us

So that we can all sleep sound.”



I LOVE SCOTMID

TUNE: I’ve Got Sixpence


I love a cookie

A Scotmid cookie

A hale, big cookie for ma tea.

You squeeze out the cream

And hear the cookie scream.

Scotmid’s the shop for me!


I love Pokémon

Scotmid Pokémon

I like to trade them with my friends.

Squirtle, Eevee, Pikachu

One for me and one for you

To battle, to keep or to lend!


I like tiger bread

Scotmid tiger bread

Stripey, orange tiger bread for tea.

Spread it with Nutella

To share with my pal Ella

Scotmid’s the shop for me!



THE STORE CLOCK

Tune: Tae The Beggin


In West Calder there’s a clock

Down in Union Square

It’s titanic, carved from rock

In the open air.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.


They built it high in the sky.

In 1884.

Standing proudly on the roof

Of the Co-op store.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.


When they had to take it down,

They wanted it to stay

The Council re-built it

Where it is today.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.


How do they wind it up?

If you explore,

Go and look behind the clock

And find the secret door.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.


In West Calder there’s a clock

Down in Union Square

It’s titanic, carved from rock

In the open air.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.

We strive and we rise

That’s what it says.