Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

TODAY IS HOGMANAY

Most songs that Scottish children sing are quite short, and many of them are funny. This song is at least 80 years old. Ewan McVicar's mother learned the first two verses in the playground in Plean school near Stirling when she was eight years old. When she taught it to Ewan when he was aged eight, his father added on the last verse, which is the chorus of a 19th Century pseudo Gaelic song called 'Phairson Swore A Feud'.


Today is Hogmanay

Tomorrow's Hogmananny

And ah'm gaun doon the brae

Tae see my Irish grannie.


Ah'll tak her tae a ball

Ah'll tak her tae a supper

And when ah get her there

Ah'll stick her nose in the butter.


Singing ah ah ah, ah ah

Ah ah ah ah ah ah

Ah ah ah ah ah

And that's the Gaelic chorus.


Make the bagpipe sound of the 'ahs' by holding your nose with one hand, and beating gently on your throat with the edge of the other hand.


Performed by Ewan McVicar.