Scots Sangs Fur Schools

Traditional and new Scots songs 
and tunes for use in Scottish schools

RHYNIE

At Rhynie I sheared my first hairst,

Near tae the fit o Benachie,

Ma maister wis richt ill tae fit,

But laith wis I tae loss my fee

Lilten ourin ourin addie,

Lilten ourin ourin ee.


Rhynie's wark it's ill tae work,

An Rhynie's wauges is bit sma,

An Rhynie's laws are double strick,

And that does grieve me warst of aa.

Lilten ourin ourin addie,

Lilten ourin ourin ee.


Rhynie it's a cauld clay hole,

It's far fae like ma faither's toun,

An Rhynie it's a hungry place,

It disnae suit a Lowland loon.

Lilten ourin ourin addie,

Lilten ourin ourin ee.


Bit sair I've rocht and sair I've focht

An I hae won my penny fee,

An I'll ging back the gate I cam,

An a better bairnie I will be

Lilten ourin ourin addie,

Lilten ourin ourin ee.


This song complains about the hard work and poor conditions in a farm in higher land than the young worker is used to. It is a close relative of the song ‘The Barnyards of Delgaty’.

Learn more about bothy ballads HERE.

Find ’The Barnyards of Delgaty’ song HERE.