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The Iron Horse

  • (Charles Balfour)

    Come Hielandman, come Lowlandman
    Come every man on earth, man
    And I'll tell ye how I got on
    Atween Dundee and Perth, man
    I gaed upon an iron road
    A rail they did it ca', man
    And ruggit by an iron horse
    An awfy beast to draw, man (ruggit - pulled)

    There were hooses in a lang straight row
    A-standin' upon wheels, man
    And the pair o' chiels that fed the brute
    Were black as ony de'ils, man
    And ne'er a thing they gave the beast
    But only coals to eat, man
    'Twas the queerest beast that e'er I saw
    For it had wheels for feet, man

    The beast it roared and aff we gaed
    Through water, steam and stanes, man
    We gaed at sic a fearful rate
    I thought we'd brak' oor banes, man
    By and by we stoppit
    At a place ca'd something-Gowrie
    But ne'er a word had I to say
    But only sit and glower, aye

    And after that we crossed the Tay
    And landed into Perth, man
    I vow it was the queerest place
    That e'er I saw on Earth, man
    For the hooses and the iron horse
    Were far aboon the land, man
    And how they got them up the stairs
    I cannae understand, man

    But noo I'm safely landed
    And my feet are on the sod, man
    If I gang tae Dundee again
    I'll tak' another road, man
    Though I should gang upon my feet
    Till I'm no' fit to stand, man
    Catch me again when I'm ta'en in
    Wi' the terrible iron horse, man

    (as sung by Tony Cuffe)

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  • [1972:] Records the wonder and awe of a simple rural Scot on his first encounter with a steam loco. At a time when learned men were debating whether the human frame could survive the shock of travel at 30 mph the railway engine was indeed the wonder of the age. (Notes Ian Campbell Folk Group, 'Something To Sing About')

  • [1988:] A song from Ford's "Vagabond Songs" in which an old-fashioned country farmer confronts that marvel of 19th century high technology: the steam engine. According to Ford, the song was written by Charles Balfour, stationmaster at Glencarse, between Dundee and Perth, and was first sung at a "festival of railway servants" held at Perth in 1848. (Notes Tony Cuffe, 'When First I Went To Caledonia')

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