Portsoy Past & Present Song

Portsoy Past & Present

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In the shelter o’ two harbours

 

 

 

 

 

Bobbing boats can find a berth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving dolphins swim and play

 

 

 

 

All along the Moray Firth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff top Portsoy panorama
As the sun sets o’er the sea
Holds me in its warm embrace
There’s nae place I’d rather be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burgh Status wi’ a Charter

Signed by Mary, Queen o’ Scots

 

 

 

 

Tales of smuggling at the Doonie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contraband wi’ evil plots

 

A cruel Sheriff in Durn House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aids McPherson’s swift demise

 

Links with Boyndie and Glenglassaugh,

 

 

 

 

 

Historic village o’ Fordyce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon Bothy music nights

Stories, songs fae oor Folklore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farms and Factories, Fishermen

Harbour shots: “Whisky Galore”

 

 

 

 

 

 

For two chimneys in Versailles

 

 

 

 

 

Portsoy polished Serpentine

 

And Lord Beeching’s cuttin’ madness

 

 

 

 

 

Closed our Rural Railway Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now where once the Station stood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids are boating on Loch Soy

 

 

 

 

 

Picnics, football, feeding ducks

Plenty pastimes tae enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish and ducklings swim aroon’

Sounds of birdsong, loud and shrill

 

And the early morning light

 

 

 

 

 

Sees the heron fishing still

 

 

 

 

The Memorial in Seafield Street

 

 

 

 

 

At its feet red Poppies lie

A piper plays, the toon folk pray

Remembering Wars gone by

 

Portsoy’s peaceful Cemetery

St Comb’s Well, a Celtic Cross,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie backdrop o’ the East Braes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient gravestones, now in moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous faulty clock tower face

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portsoy’s aul’ Church Hall’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient 17th Century Harbour

 

 

 

 

 

Filmed for “The Shutter Falls”

 

 

There’s the Wally Green,

 

 

 

 

 

and Durn Hill,

 

 

 

 

 

They tell hidden tales of yore

 

Seals are resting on the rocks,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim along the Western Shore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the fine boats set to sail

 

 

 

 

 

Fae Portsoy tae Sanine

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Pool reflecting sunlight,

 

 

 

 

 

At the Pointy fishing’s fine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herrin’ smoking by the Quay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the dancing children sing

 

Fiddle music, Food and Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Festival in full swing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fordyce Castle,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boyne,

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Findlater

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part o’ our history

Cup and Saucer in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

All are known to you and me

 

Bonnie sights we see for free

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many things to give us joy

 

 

 

 

 

Churches, landmarks – our rich heritage -

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this town we call Portsoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkies,

 

 

Gable End and Doonie

They were built so long ago

 

Spot the rocks along the coast

That fishermen still know

 

They will tell you names and stories

 

Fatties Rock lies at Links Bay

 

Breeks and Needle

 

to Bow Rock -

Walk the West Braes all the way!

 

 

This is Portsoy Past and Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

But its story never ends

 

 

 

 

 

 

People who hae left the toon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep memories and friends

 

 

 

Still that cliff top panorama

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the sun sets o’er the Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holds me in its warm embrace

 

 

 

 

 

And there’s nae place I’d rather be

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, there’s nae place I’d rather be!

 

 

 

 

portsoy song tune with chords

portsoy song tune with chords

 

Paulina Smith-Honig 2012

 

 

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