Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

long hard road

They took my brother across the water   A long road, a hard road

They took my sister across the sea   A long hard road

 

A long hard road, a long hard road   A long road, a hard road

To work forever in a foreign land   A long hard road

 

Many died upon the journey   A long road, a hard road

Many broke their hearts and died   A long hard road

 

Over the mountains and the Great Salt Water    A long road, a hard road

A chain at your throat, a stone in your heart, A long hard road

 

They took our hopes, they took our freedom A long road, a hard road

They took our names and threw them away A long hard road

 

A long hard road, a long hard road   A long road, a hard road

To work forever in a foreign land   A long hard road

 

Ewan McVicar wrote this lyric to an amended version of the tune Follow The Drinking Gourd for a 1990s show about Scots explorer Mungo Park, performed with Ghanaian drum group Atsimevu. The last verse was added for a 2013 show about David Livingstone.

 

The recording was made on 15th Feb 2014 with 50 singers attending The Muckle Sing in Linlithgow, organised by the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch of the TMSA. The singers had been taught the song that morning by tutor Christine Kydd, who made the ©arrangement.