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Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs and tunes
for use in Scottish schools - and everywhere else

A Dyker's Compliments

To Her Neighbours


Keep yer ain fish guts tae yer ain sea maws

Anster daws, tattie shaws

Keep yer ain fish guts tae yer ain sea maws

Lyin amang the deid craws

An wha's acht you ma bonnie lass

That moved here in the simmer?

Ah kent yer faither at the scale

He's a torn-ersed Pittenweemer

Ye lookin at me, ye Anster daw?

Ah'll cowp ye in a dub sir

An wha cried ye a partan face

An ye sae like a lobster?

What's that ye're sayin? Ah canna tell

Ye styipit shilpit moaner

Ye're nae frae here, Ah'm shair o that

Ye're a St Minnens droner

Ye can keep yer Crail an Pittenweem

Yer Anster an St Minnens

Daft Dyker's whit ye cry us aa

Awa back hame, guid riddance

Awa back hame guid riddance.

How the people of the fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife view their near neighbours. 

Songs are made for a variety of reasons by a variety of people.This song was made by Scott Murray of the Fife song group Sangsters. Scott went to visit a group of elderly ladies living in Ladywalk House in Anstruther as part of a songwriting project in Fife in 1998-2000 run by the organisation New Makars Trust which works to support people writing songs about where they live. The song ‘Winter Sun’ came out of the same project.

He explained that, “The ladies were adamant that they were having nothing to do with actual songwriting. ‘Dinna be daft, son – is that not what ye dae?’ They came out with stories, I took notes of the gallus Dyker [Cellardyke, next to Anstruther] sayings and gathered together strands.”