This song reminds us that football can be
dangerous as well as fun. It is sung by adults as well as children.
You aa know ma wee brither, his name is Jock McGraw,
He’s lately jined a fitba club, for he’s mad aboot fitba.
He has two black eyes already, and teeth lost frae his gub,
Since Jock became a member o that terrible fitba club.
For he’s fitba crazy, he’s fitba mad,
The fitba it has robbed him o the little bit o sense he
It would take a dozen skivvies, his claes tae wash and
The first game he took part in, I was there masel and saw,
There were jaickets for the goalposts and a tin can for the
The Prince of Wales was there himsel, in his dinner suit,
Jock he passed the ball across, and shouted, “CHARLIE,
His wife she says she’ll leave him, if Jock he doesn’t keep
Away from fitba kickin, at night time in his sleep.
He calls her Charlie Tully, and other names so droll,
Last night he kicked her out of bed and swore it was a
In the middle of the field at Hampden, the captain
‘Will you kindly take this penalty or we’ll never win at
Jock took three steps backwards, and shot off from the
The ball went sailin over the bar and landed in New York.
Your ‘gub’ is your mouth. ‘Skivvies’ are young girls who work
in a house and do the worst cleaning tasks.
Some people say that it began as an Irish song, which was
brought over to Scotland and then the words were changed. You could try
translating this song from Scottish into English.
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.