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Album: Home, Home on the RoadReleased: 1980
There are many mysteries in this life: Why are we here? Where are we going? Why did we really invade Iraq? And what does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?
Only the last of these questions has an empirical answer, and that is supplied by this avant guarde capella. Two young girls happen upon a Scotsman who is sleeping under a tree having over-indulged in the local tavern. Deciding to answer the question themselves, they lift his kilt, and before going on their way they leave him a token of their appreciation, a ribbon tied around you know what. When the Scotsman awakens and answers a call of nature, he thinks he has won first prize in some (bizarre) competition.
Although most Scotsmen would approve of the sentiment, "The Scotsman Song" was actually written by an American, Mike Cross. The original recording, with instrumental accompaniment, runs to 2 minutes 41 seconds. The unquestionably superior capella - recorded before an approving audience - is by fellow American Bryan Bowers - and runs to around 2 minutes 26 seconds.
It is also known as "The Drunken Scotsman", "The Drunken Scotsman Song", etc.