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Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)

Teru 21 Apr 97 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,Alan Ross 28 May 04 - 10:39 AM
Joe Offer 28 May 04 - 11:52 AM
katlaughing 27 Aug 04 - 11:54 PM
Joe Offer 04 Apr 07 - 07:34 PM
Effsee 04 Apr 07 - 09:44 PM
GUEST 05 Apr 07 - 04:30 AM
Effsee 05 Apr 07 - 08:00 AM
John MacKenzie 05 Apr 07 - 08:14 AM
Effsee 05 Apr 07 - 09:23 AM
GUEST,ALAN ROSS 12 Apr 07 - 01:03 PM
GUEST,Alan Ross 27 Nov 07 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Alan Ross 30 Dec 15 - 05:34 PM
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Subject: Here's Scottish Whisky
From: Teru
Date: 21 Apr 97 - 11:25 PM

Does anyone know the lyrics to this Scottish song?

Tahnks.

Teru


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Subject: Here's To Scottish Whisky
From: GUEST,Alan Ross
Date: 28 May 04 - 10:39 AM

I'd be grateful if this information could be stored for Musicologists studying Scottish songs.

Here's To Scottish Whisky aka Here's To Scottish Whiskey (sic).

The words and music of the song were written in 1974, (C) by Stewart Ross of Inverness, Scotland and originally recorded by the Tartan Lads. 'Here's to Scottish Whisky' is an unashamedly 2 minute 'Heather and haggis' belter, and one of the last songs of its genre to be recorded by EMI with a full orchestration. The final recording turned out so well that it was made the title track of the Tartan Lads EMI LP. Subesquently the song has been inlcuded on Scottish samplers with the biggest names of the genre. However, the song was written well after the big days of Scottish Music theatre.

The original recording available on EMI, HMV, Disky etc. has a full stereo orchestration, however some budget companies are circulating a poorer mono transfer.   There are simpler full and medley cover versions of the Stewart Ross song by the Alexander Brothers etc on CD and video. The tartan lads re-recorded the song in 1988 in a poorer version on KRL. The original 1974 recording is impossible to beat in the waulity of its arrangment. Many samplers are being released with the song wrongly titled as 'Here's to Scottish Whiskey' or even 'Toast to Scottish Whiskey".

"Once invited to a ceilidh, which was being recorded for a BBC TV programme (in 1974), I was asked to write a song about whisky - a drink which funnily enough, I never indulge in. I came up with 'Here's to Scottish Whisky'. Although it wasn't used for the TV programme, the Tartan Lads heard it and recorded it as the title track of a new LP. Since then it has appeared on compilation albums and has done well - probably much more so than if it had been used in the original ceilidh programme."   Stewart Ross, Scots Magazine April 1993.

Other Stewart Ross songs include 'My Bonnie Maureen' - although recorded by Irish singer Daniel O' Donnell - it is a modern Scottish ballad.


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Subject: RE: Here's To Scottish Whisky
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 May 04 - 11:52 AM

Hi, Alan - might you be interested in posting the lyrics here? If you do, please be sure to include information on how to obtain recording rights.
I would think it would be helpful to have a definitive version of the lyrics posted, along with definitive attribution. They may be copied to other sites - but I've found that if lyrics include attribution information, that information tends to stay with the lyrics if they're posted elsewhere. If people omit songwriter information, it's usually because they don't know who wrote the song they transcribed from a recording.
Thanks.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 11:54 PM

I second Joe's request. I'd love to read the lyrics after reading the very interesting info above. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 07:34 PM

I gather that the song Teru referred to way back in 1997 is actually "Here's to Scottish Whiskey." Can anyone post the lyrics?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: Effsee
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 09:44 PM

There's no "e" in Scots Whisky!!
Only in the Irish version.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 04:30 AM

Oh Gawd, Effsee! Read, read read. Whiskey spelt thus is common in Scottish books over the years. Robert Tannahill even complained about 'dearer whiskey"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: Effsee
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 08:00 AM

Not in Modern parlance it ain't!!


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Subject: Lyr Add: LEAVE US OUR GLENS (Donald, Hardie)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 08:14 AM

There's this, which is a fun song about whisky.

LEAVE US OUR GLENS
(George Donald / Buff Hardie)

I love Scotland's glens, and whatever else we lose
Please leave us our glens, our glorious glens
Our mountains as grand, Ben Nevis, Ben Lomond too
You can have all those bens, but leave us our glens

Glenfiddich, Glendronach, Glenlivet, Glen Grant
Can you do without them? If you must know, I can't
Put a drop in the glass of Glen Spey or Glen Drotter
It's a perfectly bearable way to drink water

I'd willingly lose our culture, or most of it
Including that mess they call 'full Highland dress'
With the whole ethnic bit of haggis and Hogmanay
I'd gladly dispense, but leave us our glens

Glenfiddich, Glendronach, Glenlivet, Glen Fall
I once knew a man who had sampled them all
Glenisla, Glenugie, Glenkinchie, that's plenty
He looked sixty-five, but in fact he was twenty

Take our Highlands schottische, take our marches, strathspeys and reels
Take our old Scottish waltz, but leave us our malts
You can take, if you wish, our ladies' conveniences
And our gentlemen's - but leave us our glens

Glenfiddich, Glendronach, Glenlivet, Glenfyne
Was great at communion when we ran out of wine
Glenisla, Glenugie, Glenkinchie, Glenmorangie
I prefer them to Cointreau which I find too orangey

Oh breathe there a Scot whose aims and priorities
When laid on the line, are different from mine
Take our homes, take our jobs, take anything else you will
Wife, family and friends, but leave us our glens


Giok


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: Effsee
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 09:23 AM

Robin Laing has just released his third CD on the theme of Whisky, called "One for the road". Greentrax CDTRAX313.
14 excellent tracks, including one called "We can't let Al Qaeda get their hands on this".
The song was written after it was discovered that the US security services were using the Bruichladdaigh Distillery's webcams to check out the site!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: GUEST,ALAN ROSS
Date: 12 Apr 07 - 01:03 PM

HI.

I lost the message I just spent ages writing. Just as well, I forgot a verse of my father's own song!

However. My father Stewart Ross's copyright song 'Here's to Scottish Whisky', is the true title of 'Here's to Scottish Whiskey'. I have had to register the work with the subregistration as certain record companies have been misspelling the title and making a bit of a hash of it. 'Whiskey' with an E refers to 'Irish Whiskey'.

It was as i said, written for a ceilidh programme with a sing-a-long. The BBC didn't use it, so my father had the song recorded by the Tartan Lads. The orchestration and arrangement turned out so well that it was made the title track of an EMI LP, and then issued on compilations.   My father didn't like whisky - and was virtually teetotal!   The song is simple in its rhymes - and is very heather, haggis and shortbread, and not politically correct in its view of drink. However, it served the purpose at the time.

My father died in September 1993. Shortly after he died, the Alexander Brothers recorded the song on Video and CD for Scotdisc. They did not have the full lyrics and just repeated the first verse and chorus wit a trad. bit in the middle medley style - so it's a bit of a patch job. My father had just recently died and it was distressing to myself, mother and family that an error was made in crediting the work on the sleeve as trad.   This was legally corrected to reflect that the song is a full copyright work with words and music by Stewart Ross - so now the recording is properly credited.

It is unfortunate that my father died before seeing the song become used on many more compilations as a Scottish heather and haggis classic, on albums with the greatest names of Scottish music.   So the likes of 'Scottish Favourites', 'I Love Scotland', 'The Original Celtic boxed Set' etc. features this track.

A budget record company are also circulating the same 1974 recording by the Tartan Lads, but this is lesser quality, dubbed rom disc - instead of using EMI's stereo master. I keep telling this company that they are misspelling the song's title - but they have not bothered altering the error!


Here's To Scottish Whisky
(C) 1974 Stewart Ross

Chorus
Here's to Scottish whisky, whisky is the thing.
It makes you feel so frisky, it makes you laugh and sing.
So let's all have a ceilidh and have a lot of fun.
Let's drink to good old whisky, there's a dram for everyone.


Now whisky is the devil, so some people say.
But that's a lot of nonsense, for we're all here today.
No evil thoughts amongst us, just out to have some play.
So drink your good old whisky and we'll chase our cares away.

Chorus
Here's to Scottish whisky, whisky is the thing.
It makes you feel so frisky, it makes you laugh and sing.
So let's all have a ceilidh and have a lot of fun.
Let's drink to good old whisky, there's a dram for everyone.

Wherever Scotsmen gather, no matter where they roam.
They'll always get together and sing the songs of home.
"The mountains, glens and valleys. The rivers flowing free", and always while the're singing, there's a dram or two or three.

Chorus.

Here's to Scottish whisky, whisky is the thing.
It makes you feel so frisky, it makes you laugh and sing.
So let's all have a ceilidh, and have a lot fun.
Let's drink to good old whisky there's a dram for everyone.

Marching o'er the heather or strolling through the glen,
You'll always here the tourists say 'I'll be back again',
but it isn't just the scenery, or the days of 'Alud Lang Syne'
It's whisky good old whisky that makes the land so fine.

Chorus.

Here's to Scottish whisky, whisky is the thing.
It makes you feel so frisky, it makes you laugh and sing.
So let's all have a ceilidh and have lot of fun.
Let's drink to good old whisky there's a dram for everyone.
Let's drink to good old whiksy there's a dram for everyone.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HERE'S TO SCOTTISH WHISKY (Stewart Ross)
From: GUEST,Alan Ross
Date: 27 Nov 07 - 10:48 AM

LYRIC ERRORS - As I wrote the above off the cuff, some time ago...
I have to correct myself in minor words. Some odd words do vary in whoever's version you hear, but generally this is the absolute way my father wrote it.


HERE'S TO SCOTTISH WHISKY
(C) 1974 Stewart Ross (MCPS, APRA etc.)

CHORUS: Here's to Scottish whisky, whisky is the thing.
It makes you feel so frisky, it makes you laugh and sing.
So let's all have a ceilidh and have a lot of fun.
Let's drink to good old whisky, there's a dram for everyone.

Now whisky is the devil, so some people say.
But that's a lot of nonsense, for we're all here today.
No evil thoughts among us, just out to have some play.
So drink your good old whisky and we'll chase our cares away. CHORUS

Wherever Scotsmen gather, no matter where they roam.
They love to get together and sing the songs of home.
"The mountains, glens and valleys... The rivers flowing free",
And always while they're singing, there's a dram, or two, or three. CHORUS

Marching o'er the heather - or strolling through the glen,
You'll always here the tourists say " We'll aye be back again'",
but it isn't just the scenery, or the days of 'Alud Lang Syne'
It's whisky good old whisky that makes the land so fine. CHORUS


There are now numerous download services offering this track, both legally and illegally - but it is absolutely a copyright work.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: GUEST,Alan Ross
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 05:34 PM

I have produced a slideshow video to go with this song and as its New Year coming up.... https://youtu.be/BpYAp9M6FuY Pure hokum but fitted the purpose for which it was written.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Here's To Scottish Whisky (Stewart Ross)
From: GUEST,Alan Ross
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 06:36 PM

https://youtu.be/BpYAp9M6FuY


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