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Songs of the Honest Toun

THE MUSSELBURGH SONG

by Alexander Innes

 

Come all yea Honest Lads and Lasses,
Heir of those who long ago
Filled our Old Toun with mirth and music,
Loyal hearts with love aglow.
Raise again their cheerful slogan,
Sing as they sang in the past,
When they vowed their native burgh
Would its rival proud outlast.

Chorus
For Musselburgh was a Burgh,
When Edinburgh was nane,
And Musselburgh will be a Burgh,
When Edinburgh's gane.

Deep in our hearts the old tradition
Which inspired them will remain
And in the tale of Randolph's passing
And the efforts though in vain
O' our grim old sires to save him
All the beauty and the power
Of a passionate devotion
Live and move us at this hour.
 

Chorus
For Musselburgh was a Burgh,
When Edinburgh was nane,
And Musselburgh will be a Burgh,
When Edinburgh's gane.
 

Dear Honest Toun! The men who won thy
honourable name of Old,
Reckoned a kindly spirit greater far than
either fame or gold;
Long as Esk beneath the Old Brig runs to
mingle with the sea,
Thou wilt ne'er lack sons and daughters
worthy of thy name and thee.
 

Chorus
For Musselburgh was a Burgh,
When Edinburgh was nane,
And Musselburgh will be a Burgh,
When Edinburgh's gane.

HAIL MUSSELBURGH

Composed by Miss Helen McGraw, Honest Lass, 1958
(To be sung to the tune of "Hail Caledonia")

 

Hail, Musselburgh, we love thee dearly
Thy sons are steadfast and gallant and true,
We proudly salute thee, Town of our childhood,
May you flourish forever more.
 

Chorus
Let Gala sing of her Braw, Braw Lads, and Selkirk her Souters a',
The Hawick Teries would rather die than see their old toun fa'.
There's Lauder and Jedhart and Langham and Duns
There Lads are blyth and free,
But the lassies and the lads o' the Honest Toun
Are the best that Scotland has ever seen.
 

The Esk follows on to the mighty sea,
Through valleys and dales she winds her way down
At the end of her course she smiles to be
In the Queen of the Forth, the Honest Toun.
 

Chorus
Let Gala sing of her Braw, Braw Lads, and Selkirk her Souters a',
The Hawick Teries would rather die than see their old toun fa'.
There's Lauder and Jedhart and Langham and Duns
There Lads are blyth and free,
But the lassies and the lads o' the Honest Toun
Are the best that Scotland has ever seen.
 

The Honest Lad, he carries the flag.
And rides the boundaries of the town,
It flies unfurled so proud and free,
Let the standard of truth be ne'er cast down.
 

Chorus
Let Gala sing of her Braw, Braw Lads, and Selkirk her Souters a',
The Hawick Teries would rather die than see their old toun fa'.
There's Lauder and Jedhart and Langham and Duns
There Lads are blyth and free,
But the lassies and the lads o' the Honest Toun
Are the best that Scotland has ever seen.
Musselburgh Festival Last Updated 18th March 2007