Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs for use in Scottish schools

world war one Scottish songs

KINDS OF WORLD WAR SONGS

*Songs made and sung by the soldiers themselves - usually short parodies, often bleakly humorous.  

*Recruiting songs - sung in Music Halls, usually vigorous and enthusiastic.

Popular songs - cheerful or nostalgic songs sung at home and in the trenches,

e.g. It's A Long Way To Tipperary

Pack Up Your Troubles

Keep The Home Fires Burning.

[You can find versions of all of the songs mentioned here on Youtube]

 

SCOTTISH SONGS

The best known is Harry Lauder’s Music Hall song, Keep Right On To The End Of The Road.

 

Keep right on to the end of the road, keep right on to the end

Though the way belong, let your heart be strong, keep right on round the bend

Though you’re tired and weary, still journey on, till you come to your happy abode

Where all you love and you're dreaming of, will be there at the end of the road

 

Mademoiselle From Armentieres was sung by everyone, but here are some Scottish verses.

Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez vous?

Hadn’t been kissed for twenty years, parlez vous?

Who was it pinched the barber’s pole, and used it for fuel to save the coal

Inky pinky parlez vous?

 

Who was it tied his kilts with string, to stop them from doing the Highland Fling

 

Who was it met him out next morn, takin his troosers oot o the pawn

 

 The Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin

TUNE: Redwing

Oh the moon shines bright on Charlie Chaplin

His boots are crackin, for want o blackin

And his auld baggie troosers they want mendin

Before we send him tae the Dardanelles

 

Oh the moon shines bright on Charlie Chaplin

His khaki uniform looks mair like sackin

His sad auld buttons they need shinin

Before we send him tae the Western Front

 

Oh the moon shines bright on Charlie Chaplin

His rifle’s mankie, it needs a hankie

And his helmet’s got a rusty pelmet

It’s time tae send him hame tae his maw

 

Wha Saw the 42nd

TUNE Wha Wouldna Fecht For Chairlie?

 

Wha saw the 42nd? Wha saw them gaun awa?

Wha saw the 42nd merchin doon the Broomielaw

Some o them had boots an stockins, some o them had nane at aa

Some o them had green umbrellas for tae keep the rain awa

 

There are versions of this old song from other Scottish cities. The following version was made for Bo'ness schools, featuring the Bo'ness Territorials. You could write your won local version.  

 

 

Wha saw the Terriers, wha saw them comin here

Wha saw the Terriers merchin doon tae Bo’ness Pier

 

Some o them had boots an stockins, some o them had nane at aas

Some o them had green umbrellas fur tae keep the rain awa

 

Wha saw the Terriers, gettin off the boat in France

Feelin happy, feelin safe, think they’re goin tae a dance

 

Some o them will soon know better, when they’re trudgin through the mud

When they’re huddlin in a trench, hopin every shell’s a dud

 

Wha saw the Terriers, wha saw them comin here

Wha saw the Terriers merchin doon tae Bo’ness Pier

 

 

No Awa Tae Bide Awa

As we were merchin doon the street, every wan was cheerin

Sayin, ‘Goodbye lads, come home safe, thanks for volunteerin’

 

We’re no awa tae bide awa, we’re no awa tae leave ye

We’re no awa tae bide awa, we’ll soon come back and see ye

 

Hame for Christmas, that’s oor plan, big plum puddins eatin

We’ll be back wi medals in our packs, we’ll leave the Gerries greetin

 

We’re no awa tae bide awa, we’re no awa tae leave ye

We’re no awa tae bide awa, we’ll soon come back and see ye

 

 

Kaiser Bill

TUNE Yankee Doodle

Kaiser Bill is feelin ill, lookin peelie-wallie

Wanderin aboot Berlin, greetin fur his mammy

 

Kaiser Bill is feertie cause the Terriers will beat him

He will run when he hears oor guns, we will defeat him

 

We’ll go hame, safe and sound, singin Tipperary

Hullo Mum, hullo Dad, hullo darlin Mary

 

Kaiser Bill is feertie cause the Terriers will beat him

He will run when he hears oor guns, we will defeat him

 

LIVE SOUNDTRACKS

There are in the Scottish Screen Archive [and elsewhere online] various silent film sequences that could be used along with pupils singing the songs on this page.

Go to http://ssa.nls.uk/ and use search box for their film reference number.

 

TO USE WITH WITH ‘MARCHING IN SCOTLAND SONGS’

ROUTE MARCH

Reference number: 0376

Date: 1917, March / October

1st Battalion Lanarkshire Volunteer Regiment march through Coatbridge, March 1917.
 

OTHER USEFUL FILMS

JULIAN THE TANK BANK

Reference number: 1238B

Tank being used for fund-raising in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen

SCOTTISH WOMEN’S HOSPITALS

Reference number: 0035

Scottish women running hospitals in France and Serbia

SCOTTISH TROOPS FOR THE FRONT

Reference number: 1609

The 5th Royal Scots involved in training in 1914 before going to the front line.