Rollin home, rollin
home, rollin home across the sea
Rollin home to Caledonia, rollin home, dear land, to thee
Ten thousand miles ahind us, just a hundred miles afore
And the ocean rins to tak us tae oor best-beloved shore
We will join in joyous chorus, in the watches o the night
For we'll see our land of Scotland, when the grey dawn brings the light
Up aloft, amongst the riggin, blaws the loud exultin gale
Like a birdie's wide-stretched pinions, spreadin wide each swellin sail
The wild waves cut behind us, and they murmur as they flow
There are lovin hearts that wait for you, in the land to which you go
There are welcome cheers tae greet us, there are kisses for us all
Mothers, faithers, wives and faimilies, standin at the harbour wall
They will tell us o their longin, we will tell them o oor trials
And at last we will be safe home, after aa the weary miles
Hear this performed by Ewan McVicar, who rewrote some lines.
There are different texts of this song, and it is perhaps better known as 'Rolling Home to Dear Old England'. Stan Hugill in Shanties From the Seven Seas (1961) calls it "the most famous home-ward bound song of them all". He prints eight pages of various versions, and one of them is in German and sings of rolling home to Hamburg.
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.