The Boatie Rows

On Springthyme SPRCD 1002
John Watt & Davey Stewart - Shores of the Forth

An old Fife song known to Robert Burns that wishes good luck on the fishermen of Largo Bay in the Firth of Forth.


The boatie rows, the boatie rows, the boatie rows fu weel,
And muckle luck maintain the boat, the mackerel and the creel.

O weel may the boatie row and muckle may she speed,
Weel may the boatie row that wins oor bairnies' breid.

We dropped oor line in Largo Bay and fishes we got nine,
There's three tae boil and three tae fry and three tae bait the line.

When Sandy, Jock and Janet too are up and gotten lear,
They'll help tae gar the boatie row and lighten aa oor care.

O weel may the boatie row that fills a heavy creel,
And helps tae clad oor bairns and a' and buys oor porridge meal.

The boatie rows, the boatie rows, the boatie rows fu weel,
And muckle luck maintain the boat, the mackerel and the creel.

The Beggar's Mantle Ceilidh Band:
Jock Ritchie from Inverkeithing on fiddle, Jock Mullen from Kelty on accordion, Robin McKidd from Glenrothes on guitar and bass and Brian Miller from Penicuik on guitar and mandolin.

Springthyme SPRCD 1002
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