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Jon Bartlett Scottish Wobblies? (2) Scottish Wobblies? 09 Jun 14


I've just re-read Huntingtower by John Buchan (1924), and found the following song fragments in it, supposedly sung by one of the Gorbals Die-Hards, street kids from Glasgow:

Class-conscious we are, and class-conscious we'll be
Till our fit's on the neck of the Boorjoyzee.


The Boorjoy's brays are bonnie,
Too-roo-ra-roo-raloo,
But the Workers o' the Worrld
Wull gar them a' look blue.
Wull gar them a' look blue,
And droon them in the sea,
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'll lay me down and dee.


Proley Tarians, arise!
Wave the Red Flag to the skies,
Heed nae mair the Fat Man's lees,
Stap them doun his throat!
Nocht to loss except our chains -


Two questions. 1) Do any of these ring a bell? or did John Buchan make them up? 2) If he didn't make them up, how did he get to hear them?

Jon Bartlett


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