Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

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

The Hard Heads

The hard heads are on the sea

Pull your oar, pull your oar

Starka varna vesta lee
Pull your oar bravely


We come to gather, not to fight
But if we fight we will be right


Back at home our children cry
We must feed them or they'll die


The ice comes to kill our fields
So we must come to take your yield


If you will not fight with us
Where is your honour? in the dust


Ewan McVicar's new words to the tune of 'Starka Varna' tell of the Vikings. He sings them with the Chorus Quartet from Perm, Russia.