Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

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

A Long Hard Road

They took my brother across the water A long road, a hard road

They took my sister across the sea A long hard road


A long hard road, a long hard road A long road, a hard road

To work forever in a foreign land A long hard road


Many died upon the journey A long road, a hard road

Many broke their hearts and died A long hard road


Over the mountains and the Great Salt Water A long road, a hard road

A chain at your throat, a stone in your heart, A long hard road


They took our hopes, they took our freedom A long road, a hard road

They took our names and threw them away A long hard road


Ewan McVicar wrote this lyric to an amended version of the tune Follow The Drinking Gourd for a 1990s show about Scots explorer Mungo Park, performed with Ghanaian drum group Atsimevu. The last verse was added for a 2013 show about David Livingstone.

The recording was made on 15th Feb 2014 with 50 singers attending The Muckle Sing in Linlithgow, organised by the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch of the TMSA. The singers had been taught the song that morning by tutor Christine Kydd, who made the ©arrangement.