This sad poem
of longing for home by Angus poet Violet Jacob was set to music and popularised
by Angus singer and songmaker Jim Reid. Violet Jacob called her poem 'The Wild
Geese', and used the following spelling.
Oh tell me what was on your road, ye roarin’ norlan’ Wind,
As ye cam’ blawin’ frae the land that’s niver frae my mind?
My feet they traivel England, but I’m deein’ for the north.”
“My man, I heard the siller tides rin up the Firth o Forth”
“Aye, Wind, I ken them weel eneuch, and fine they fa’ and
And fain I’d feel the creepin’ mist on yonder shore that
But tell me, ere ye passed them by, what saw ye on the way?”
“My man, I rocked the rovin’ gulls that sail abune the Tay.”
“But saw ye naething, leein’ Wind, afore ye cam’ to Fife?
There’s muckle lyin’ ‘ yont the Tay that’s mair to me nor
“My man, I swept the Angus braes ye ha’ena trod for years.”
“O Wind, forgi’e a hameless loon that canna see for tears!”
“And far abune the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee,
A lang, lang skein o’ beatin’ wings wi’ their heids towards
And aye their cryin’ voices trailed ahint them on the air –
“O Wind, hae maircy, haud yer whisht, for I daurna listen
Performed by Geordie McIntyre, vocal, Alison McMorland ,
banjo, Norman Chalmers, whistle.
The lyric is a conversation between the poet and the North
Jim Reid has also set to music other poems by Angus poets
Violet Jacob, Marion Angus and Helen Cruikshank.
This site is created and maintained by Ewan McVicar.
This site is to replace the Education Scotland Scotland's Songs site that was 'taken down' in January 2017.