Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

Wars Of Independence songs 

Here Comes William Wallace 

By Laurencekirk P5 with Ewan McVicar
Tune Wheel of Fortune

Here comes William Wallace, with his huge claymore
Hunting for Edward Longshanks, he is going to settle the score
 
CHORUS Scotland’s leaders, Scotland’s heroes, warriors of the land
Time to fight for independence, time for us to make a stand

Giving people hope and courage, leading people in the war
Giving people strength and faith, showing what they’re fighting for
 
Wallace fought at Stirling Brig, hear the beating of the drum
Swords were waving, arrows flying, people died but Scotland won

 

Bruce And De Bohun
A small rhyme about Robert the Bruce's encounter with English knight Henry de Bohun on the field of Bannockburn


Bruce and de Bohun
Were fightin for the croon
Bruce took up his battleaxe
An knocked de Bohun doon


Marching To Bannockburn
A song written for the Tolbooth Project by class P6 of Borestone PS, Stirling with Ewan McVicar. Borestone is the closest school to the site of the Bannockburn Memorial. 'Tutti taitie' is said to sound the beat used by The Bruce's drummers. The 'pots and pans' refer to the story that the young and old Scots campfollowers, watching from a hill, thought the battle was won and ran down brandishing their cooking implements. The English saw these glinting in the sun, thought a fresh Scots army was coming, and fled.
 Tune: Hey Tutti Taitie 

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CHORUS Hey tutti taitie, how tutti taitie,
Hey tutti taitie, we are free.
 
See the proud Scots march along.
Pipes and drums play their song.
Swords and spears, proud and strong
March to Bannockburn.
 
English Eddie's coming here,
He thinks the Scots are full of fear.
We'll give him a busted ear
Here at Bannockburn.
 
Rab the Bruce and daft De Bohun
Were fightin for the Scottish croon.
Rab hit Bohun and chopped him doon
Here at Bannockburn
 
First the archers took their aim,
Then the marching hedgehog came.
Eddie wished he'd stayed at hame,
Not at Bannockburn.
 
For a while the English won,
But pots and pans shone in the sun.
The feartie English had tae run
Away frae Bannockburn.
 
Small folk pelted doon the brae,
English Eddie ran away,
That's why Scotland's here today,
Because of Bannockburn.
 


Scots Wha Hae
 Tune Hey Tutti Taitie
This used to be considered Scotland’s National Anthem, now several songs are in contention for that honour. Robert Burns called this stirring song of his ‘Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn’, using the ancient tune ‘Hey Tutti Taitie’. He imagined what “one might suppose to be the gallant royal Scot’s address to his heroic followers on that eventful morning.” The new Curriculum For Excellence site about Scotland's Songs will have more informatiuon about the song.
 
Scots, wha hae wi Wallace bled
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led
Welcome to your gory bed
Or to victorie!
 
Now's the day, and now's the hour
See the front o battle lour
See approach proud Edward's power -
Chains and slaverie!
 
Wha wad be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!
 
Wha for Scotland's King and Law
Freedom's sword wad strongly draw
Freeman stand or freeman fa',
Let him follow me!

By Oppression's woes and pains
By your sons in servile chains
We will drain our dearest veins
But they shall be free!
 
Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us do, or dee!