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  • (Trad / Rev. John Skinner)

    And gie's a song, the lady cry'd, and lay your disputes a' aside
    What signifies't for folks to chide for what was done before them
    Let Whig and Tory a' agree
    Whig and Tory, Whig and Tory
    Whig and Tory a' agree to drop their Whig-malorum
    Let Whig and Tory all agree to spend the night in mirth and glee
    And cheerful sing alang wi' me the Reel o' Tullochgorum

    O Tullochgorum's my delight, it gars us a' in ane unite
    And ony sumph that keeps up spite, in conscience I abhor him
    For blythe and merry we'll be a'
    Blythe and merry, blythe and merry
    Blythe and merry we'll be a', and make a happy quorum
    For blythe and merry we'll be a' as lang as we hae breath tae draw
    And dance till we be like to fa', the Reel o' Tullochgorum

    What needs there be sae great a fraise like dringing dull Italian lays
    I wadna gie our ain strathspeys for half a hunder score o' them
    They're dowf and dowie at the best
    Dowf and dowie, dowf and dowie
    Dowf and dowie at the best wi' a' their variorum
    They're dowf and dowie at the best, their allegros and a' the rest
    They canna please a Highland taste compar'd wi' Tullochgorum

    May choicest blessings aye attend each honest open-hearted friend
    And calm and quiet be his end, and a' that's good watch o'er him
    May peace and plenty be his lot
    Peace and plenty, peace and plenty
    Peace and plenty be his lot, and dainties a great store o' them
    May peace and plenty be his lot unstain'd by ony vicious plot
    And may he never want a groat that's fond o' Tullochgorum

    Repeat 1

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

    Whig-malorum - political nonsense;
    sumph - fool, idiot;
    fraise - fuss; droning; dowf and dowie - dull and melancholy;

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  • [1959:] The reel tune Tullochgorum is, of course, even older than Skinner's day. A Mrs Montgomery of Ellon, whom John Skinner happened to be visiting, pointed out that this famous reel tune had no words, asking him to supply them. A political argument having broken out in the house at the same time, Skinner seized the opportunity and composed the Tullochgorum - in a rather longer form [than the four verses printed by Buchan: Come gie's a sang; Tullochgorum's my delight; There need na be; Let worldly minds]. (Norman Buchan, Weekly Scotsman, May 21)

  • [1970:] John Skinner [1721-1807] was an Episcopal minister in an age when the Scottish 'piskies' were as persecuted as the Papists, with a church in Longside, Aberdeenshire. He produced one or two goodish songs, but the one here given is by far the best of them, and was Burns's favourite song. [Six verses given 269ff] (Penguin Book of Scottish Verse 12)

  • [1986:] Based on the tune The Reel of Tullochgorum. The text of this song was reputedly written by the Rev. John Skinner about the intervention of a lady in a political dispute. (Notes McCalmans, 'Peace and Plenty')

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