Scots Sangs An Tunes Fur Schools

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

Yellow On The Broom

 

I ken ye dinna like it lass tae winter here in toon

For the scaldies aye miscry us and they try tae bring us doon

It's hard tae raise three bairnies in a single flea box room

But I'll tak ye on the road again when yellow's on the broom

When yellow's on the broom, when yellow's on the broom

I'll tak ye on the road again when yellow's on the broom

The scaldies cry us tinker dirt and they sconce oor weans at school

But who cares whit a scaldy thinks for a scaldy's just a fool

They never hear the yorlan's sang nor see the flax in bloom

For they're aye cooped up in hooses when yellow's on the broom

When yellow's on the broom, when yellow's on the broom

They're aye cooped up in hooses when yellow's on the broom

Nae sale for pegs nor baskets noo, sae just tae stay alive

We have tae work at scaldy jobs frae nine o'clock tae five

But we ca nae man oor maister for we own the world's room

And we'll bid fareweel tae Brechin when yellow's on the broom

When yellow's on the broom, when yellow's on the broom

And we'll bid fareweel tae Brechin when yellow's on the broom

 

I'm weary for the springtime when we tak the road aince mair

Tae the plantin and the pearlin and the berry fields o Blair

We'll meet up wi oor kin folk frae a' the country roond

When the gang-aboot folk tak the road and yellow's on the broom

When yellow's on the broom, when yellow's on the broom

When the gang-aboot folk tak the road and yellow's on the broom

When yellow's on the broom, when yellow's on the broom

I'll tak ye on the road again when yellow's on the broom


Adam MacNaughtan. Glasgow songwriter, read the book The Yellow on the Broom (Birlinn. 2001). It was written by Scots traveller Betsy Whyte about growing up “in the tradition of the ‘mist people’ – constantly moving around the country and settling down in one place only during the winter”.

He made this song about the things Betsy had written of. He used a traditional tune about a girl who dresses herself up as a drummer boy so she can follow her soldier love.