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Hermless

  • (Michael Marra)

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
    Then Ah come hame for ma tea

    Wi' ma hand on ma heart and ma heart in ma mooth
    With arms that could reach o'er the sea
    Ma feet might be big but the insects are safe
    They'll never get stood on by me

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
    Then Ah come hame for ma tea

    Ah save a' the coupons that comes wi' the soup
    And when Ah have saved fifty-three
    Ah put three in the drawer and send fifty away
    And something gets posted tae me

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
    Then Ah come hame for ma tea

    There's one or twa pals that Ah ca' my chums
    They're canny and meek as can be
    There's Tam wi' his car, Big Ed wi' his stamps
    And Big Lexie Gilmour and me

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    I go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
    Then I come hame for ma tea

    Hermless, hermless,
    There's never nae bother frae me
    Naeb'dy would notice if I wasnae there
    And I didnae come hame for ma tea

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    I dae what I'm telt and I tidy my room
    Then I come doon for ma tea

    Hermless, hermless
    There's never nae bother frae me
    I jist hang aboot and inherit the earth
    Then I come doon for ma tea

    (as sung by Danny Kyle)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1993:] In Glasgow, when someone is a nice person but perhaps not very effective, we say he's 'hermless'. 'He's o.k. - he's hermless.' (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

  • [1993:] 'On Stolen Stationary' includes Marra's alternative Scottish National Anthem, Hermless, whose hero plays Charlie Chaplin where Desperate Dan-macho is the norm. (Rob Adams, Dirty Linen 46)

  • [1995:] Written as an alternative national anthem for Scotland, because all the others are too military for my liking. (Michael Marra, acc. to Ian Anderson, Radio Scotland, 19 June)

  • [1998:] Scotland, as we complete this album, is about to establish its own Parliament, and Michael Marra has provided us Scots with a new National Anthem!! Away with the image of wee hairy men with blue faces wheeching through the heather, waving huge big claymores and scything everyone in sight!

    THIS is the image we want...NICE PEOPLE!!!! WE'RE NICE PEOPLE. (Notes Danny Kyle, 'Heroes and Soft Targets')

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