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Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?

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John MacKenzie 29 Mar 07 - 02:05 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Mar 07 - 07:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 02:05 PM

The Portree Kid

A man came riding oot the west
One dark and stormy day
He was quiet, lean and hungry
His eyes were smoky grey
He was lean aboot the hurdies
And his shooders they were big
The terror o' the hieland glens
That was the Portree kid

His sidekick was an orra man
And Oh! but he was mean.
He was called the midnight ploughboy
And he cam' frae Aberdeen.
He had twenty seven notches
On his cromach, so they say
And he killed a million Indians
Way up in Stornaway.

Chorus:
Heedrum ho, heedrum hay
The teuchter that cam' frae Skye.

Portree booted in the door
And sauntered tae the bar
He poured a shot o' Crabbies
He shouted "slainthe bha"
While Midnight was being chatted up
By a bar room girl called Pam
She said "Well howdy stranger.
Would ye buy us a Babycham?"

Now over in the corner sat
Three men frae Auchtertool.
They were playin games for money
In a snakes and ladders school.
The fourth man was a southerner
Who'd come up from MacMerry.
He'd been a river gambler
On the Ballachuilish Ferry

Portree walked tae the table
And shouted "Shake me in "
He shoogled on the eggcup
He gave the dice a spin
He threw seven sixes in a row
And the game was nearly done
An then he landed on a snake
And finished on square one.

The game was nearly over
And Portree was dain' fine
He'd landed on a ladder
He was up tae forty nine.
He only had but one to go
And the other man was beat
When the gambler cowped the board up
And shouted "You're a cheat!"

Men dived behind the rubber plants
Tae try and save their skins
The accordionist stopped playing
His sidekick dropped the spoons.
He said "I think it's funny
Ye've been up that ladder twice
And ye ayeways dunt the table
When I go to throw ma dice"

The gambler drew his sgian dhu
As fast as lightning speed
Portree grabbed a screw-tap
And cracked him o'er the heid
And then he gave him laldy
Wi' a salmon aff the wa'
And he finished aff the business
Wi' his lucky grouse foot's claw.

Portree walked up tae the bar
He said "I'll hae a hauf
And dae ye like the way I stuck it on
That wee Macmerry nyaff.
But the southerner crept up behind
His features wracked wi' pain
And gubbed him wi' an ashtray
Made oot a curling stane.

The fight went raging on all night
Till opening time next day.
Wi' a break for stew and stovies
Aff a coronation tray.
It was getting kinda obvious
That neither man would win
When came the cry that stopped it a'
"There's a bus trip coming in"

They sing this song in Galashiels
And up by Peterhead
Way down o'er the border
Across the Rio Tweed.
About what became of Midnight,
Portree and the gambling man;
They opened up a gift shop
Selling fresh air in a can.

A wee bittie culture for the masses.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 07:46 PM

See "The Portree Kid" as posted by Benjamin Bodhra/nai. 21 Feb 98, in thread 4122:
Portree Kid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid
From: Jim Lad
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 12:38 AM

I have a friend who does "The Wild Colonial Boy" to this tune. It's hilarious.
The Portree Kid is a classic though. It was really sad to see the late Johnny Cash try to turn it into a country song. (before he died)
Is nothing sacred?


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Subject: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST,J. Thompson
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 02:30 PM

Hello. I have never heard "The Portree Kid", but I have not got it on CD. I have two CD's, with two versions. One with The Corries, and one with Alastair McDonald. Which one is the best, so which one should I hear first? Are there any other recordings of this song that's even better? Did Andy Stewart or Jimmy Logan ever record it?
Thanks
J. Thompson


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 09:47 PM

Haven't heard the Macdonald version, but he's usually good. From the Corries this is one of their few humorous songs that actually make me laugh. I think they do it very well. Just go ahead, listen (in whatever sequence) and enjoy!


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Effsee
Date: 13 Sep 08 - 10:20 PM

I think the Portree Kid was written by Bill Hill, Just a wee bit after Andy Stewart's or Jimmy Logan's time.


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 12:03 AM

Well, I have to admit that this song is filled with cultural references that mean nothing to this Wisconsin exile in California. Asking for an explanation of the whole song would be too much - but could somebody please explain the title to me?

-Joe Clueless-


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Micca
Date: 14 Sep 08 - 07:25 AM

Joe, Portree is the biggest town on the Isle of Skye, on the West coast of Scotland, and since country music is very popular in Scotland the "Wild west" name affectation is not that unusual. The word "Teuchter" in the chorus is more difficult, it has a distinct niche meaning (In Ireland the word Culchie means much the same thing) of a Thick uneducated rural born and bred labourer.


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:52 PM

WHere can I download the portree kid song?


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 08:05 PM

By the way, Bill Hill (the author)is still very much alive and kicking: must be somewhat younger than either Jimmy Logan or Andy Stewart! He MC'ed a charity concert in Edinburgh at the weekend, and entertained us with some more hilarious poetry. Don't know if he ever recorded the song himself, and he doesn't do much singing in concerts now,though can still be heard in the sessions.


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 12:12 PM

Guest, you'll probably have to buy the CD: it's not on Itunes.
See here for the Corries website, it's on their "Comedy Collection" CD.
http://www.corries.com/product_info.php?products_id=36


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Subject: RE: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: sheila
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 09:57 AM

Is that Bill Hill, the same one who used to sing with Bill Smith's (ex-Corrie Folk Trio) wee brother Tom, back in the 60s?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 12 - 04:02 PM

Just discovered this old thread while trying to find a link to the lyrics for someone.

It could well be that Bill Hill sang with Bill Smith's brother -- no idea really except that there must be some connection between Bill H and the Corries. They sang at least two of his parody songs -- Lucille was another. Also, the Corries Website sells Bill's own recordings.

To the person who asked earlier in this thread if Bill recorded this, too: Yes, he did. It's on Youtube and probably on one of his CDs for sale on the Corries Website. I think it sounds almost as good as the Corries' version; I haven't heard any other ones. I always enjoy Roy Williamson's expressive voice, whether comedy or melancholy lament, so I'm kind of partial to theirs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Sep 12 - 06:48 PM

Here's an old recording of the man himself singing it at a live gig - and I don't think anyone has mentioned so far that the tune is "Ghost Riders in the Sky". And yes, he was one of the crowd around Edinburgh in the 60s - and still is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8XT8oTcko0


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST,Guest TF
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 09:03 AM

Bill Hill, writer of "Portree" is alive, well and a legendary Edinburgh City tour guide. If Bill doesn't know something about old Edinburgh, it's not worth knowing. The song is available on CD along with a lot of equally scurrilous songs from; edinburghtourguide.co.uk".In Bill's version you get all the verses as well. He is a most entertaining companion and a very dear friend. Not of mine but surely somewhere.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: it'smagic
Date: 15 Sep 12 - 05:05 PM

@GUEST,Guest TF: Can you give us that url for Bill's site again? It didn't work with www in front. I got connected to the invasive, annoying iamwired site, which gave me about 20 sites called edinburgh tour guide. I would love to go on one of his tours the next time I'm in Edinburgh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST,Guest TF.
Date: 16 Sep 12 - 07:35 AM

www.edinburghtourguide.co.uk. Or search Bill Hill in facebook should get you there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST,Guest TF
Date: 16 Sep 12 - 07:40 AM

While I'm on it, Bill and his, then, wife Jean sang in The Cairn Trio with the late Tom Smith in the late 60s early 70s. They toured with various versions of "The White Heather Show" and very good they were too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: maeve
Date: 16 Sep 12 - 07:44 AM

Here's the blue clicky:
   http://www.edinburghtourguide.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Portree Kid, which version?
From: GUEST,Guest TF
Date: 16 Sep 12 - 05:28 PM

Sanku.


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