The Scotsman Song

Album: Home, Home on the Road (1980)

Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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