a was wondering if anyone here knows the words to the song 'Sailing Down the Clyde on the Waverley' - thats the first line of the song but ive got a feeling its called that as well.
It is sung when you actually sail the Waverley down at the bar by the live band!
Any links or if you know it yourself, id be really greatful.
The song is to a tune called "The Waverley Polka" - the lyrics are by Jim Brown. I haven't seen Jim in a wee while.
I think that the words for this one are in Ewan McVicar's book "One Singer, One Song", but I'm not certain.
I'll check tomorrow, and post them.
If you need a faster response, you could always post a request for info at http://www.mudcat.org. Someone there is bound to have the book to hand, or will just know the words.
Ok. I got some information wrong.
The song's title is "The Waverley Polka", but the original tune is called, apparently, "Miss Campbell's Polka".
It is by Jim Brown, however. Here are the words as they appear in "One Singer One Song" compiled by Ewan McVicar.
Sailing doon the Clyde on the Waverley,
A grand old boat is the Waverley,
She'll take ye doon tae Rothesay and be back for tea,
The way that she did when you were wee.
When the buskers played at the after end,
The kind of tunes that were the trend,
You were always sure tae meet wi' a friend
Afore you left the quay. Oh -
When you watched the paddles going round and round
ANd heard the engines thumping sound
Then your young happy heart would start tae pound
At the thought of reaching the sea
And the shipyard lads would wave "hallo"
When building ships was all the go
With a dozen shipyards in a row
But noo there's barely three
Now a boat marina soon, they say
For the Glasgow docks where the big ships lay
Where the rich folks all can sport and play
Wi their ain wee Waverleys
And everything is "North Sea Oil"
Where lads fae here have gone tae toil
But tae that wee boat we'll aye be loyal
'Cause there's only one Waverley
The typos are all mine.
For those who don't know, the Waverley is the last ocean-going paddle steamer in the world ( as far as we know) and regulary plies the waters of the Firth of Clyde from Glasgow down the coast during the summer.
Here are a couple of sites for info:
Imagine people not believing that this was a real song, shame on those Scottish folks, lmao
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