Traditional Scottish Songs
- The Dear Auld Days

We often look back nostalgically to the days of our youth, perhaps with a hint of rose-tinted spectacles. But you can sense the pleasure of such happy memories in this song by Charles Nicol (born in 1858) who, despite the countryside references in this poem, was a native of Glasgow's Pollokshaws area.

   The Dear Auld Days

Oh! the dear auld days, the sweet auld days,
   The days o' auld langsyne;
Whan we were wee, wi' spirits free,
   'Tis sweet tae bring tae min'.
The funny pranks we used tae play,
   Whan bairnies fu' o' glee;
An' hoo we then on ilka day,
   Wad romp aboot sae free.

When schule was dune we aft wad rin,
   Doon tae some wimplin' burn;
An' there we'd play the lee lang day,
   An' ne'er think tae return.
Fu' aft we'd paidle up an' doon,
   The fun tae us was fine,
We'd ne'er a thocht for ocht aroon',
   In the sweet days o' langsyne.

For aft we'd gang the woods amang,
   An' gether sweet blue bells;
An' as we'd stray blackberries tae,
   Wi' whilk we filled oorsels.
Aften tae we'd pu' sweet brambles,
   'Lang wi' oor playmates then;
An' mony were oor walks an' rambles,
   Hoo we wish them back again.

But weel we ken oor wish is vain,
   Nae mair they'll come again;
Sae while we're here, let's raise a cheer,
   An' sing this mirthfu' strain;
The guid auld days, the dear auld days,
   'Tis sweet tae bring tae min';
The grand auld days, the dear auld days,
   The days o' auld langsyne.

Meaning of unusual words:
langsyne = long ago
bairnies = children
ilka = every
dune = done
wimplin' burn = meandering stream
whilk = which
brambles = blackberry
ken = know

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