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Scotland's Songs

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Families and friends, heroes and villains, games and laughter, school and work, love and freedom – it’s all here in Scotland’s Songs. Listen to more than 130 songs and tunes, in Scots and Gaelic, and learn about the long and rich tradition of Scottish music, still very much alive across the nation and known and loved across the world.

You can learn about traditional songs and music, understand themes in Scottish music and find out more about Scotland's instruments, like the bagpipes and the clarsach.

There’s a short introduction to each song or tune, along with song lyrics and the musical notation for almost every tune.

Why not start by finding your favourite Scottish song?

Please see the credits and thanks page for full details of the individuals, organisations and groups that made this resource possible.

Featured songs

Coulter's Candy

A well-known song about Robert Coultart, who sold aniseed-flavoured toffee around the fairs and markets of the Borders in the 1870s.

Fitba Crazy

A comic song for children and adults about football and how dangerous it can be.

Hey Johnnie Cope

A Jacobite song about a battle in 1745. The English general Cope challenged Bonnie Prince Charlie to fight.

Norlan' Wind (The Wild Geese)

A sad poem of longing for home by Angus poet Violet Jacob which was set to music and popularised by Angus singer and songmaker Jim Reid.