Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

Twa Scots Soldiers

Lyrics

Twa Scots soldiers enlisted fae France
Spurred on by Kitchener to take their chance
Against the Kaiser with a screech and a yell
And make him afraid o’ the Ladies From Hell

Dressed in khaki kilts and a fine pair of spats
Standing in line like real cool cats
Glengarry on each heid and a gun in each fist
What possessed these twa canny lads to enlist?

From Mons to Ypres all the way through the Somme
Would they be left standing when their mates are all gone
To look back and wonder how they ever returned hame
Or will they no’ come back again?

Twa sweethearts did they leave behind
To worry themselves nearly out of their minds?
“Dinnae fret me hinny just bide yer time
For we’ll both be back by Christmastime”

“Oh laddies ye dinnae ken the danger that ye’re in
Before ye’ve grown accustomed to the smoke and the din
O’ the rattle o’ machineguns and the whiz-bangs crashing loud
They’ll be wrapping yer wee bodies up in a shroud”

From Mons to Ypres all the way through the Somme
Would they be left standing when their mates are all gone
To look back and wonder how they ever returned hame
Or will they no’ come back again?


One looks down and examines his gun
Will it keep him alive until the War is won?
The other stares ahead wi’ a pipe in his teeth
A young-old face, what thoughts lie beneath?

Is he thinking o’ his hame in the hills and glen?
Daydreaming o’ adventure wi’ the rest o’ the men?
Is he lost in premonition o’ the horrors ahead?
Does his spirit hear the pibroch sounding for the dead?

From Mons to Ypres all the way through the Somme
Would they be left standing when their mates are all gone
To look back and wonder how they ever returned hame
Or will they no’ come back again?


© 2010 Whippet Records

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Notes

Commissioned for 'Reflections on War', a community arts project and exhibition at York Art Gallery for York Museums Trust.


Inspired by 'Two Soldiers in Kilts' 1914, a charcoal drawing by Eugene Alluard (1866-1947). The tune and a few of the words have been adapted and reworked from the traditional Scots folksong 'Twa Recruiting Sergeants'.

 

Releases (on Whippet Records unless otherwise stated)

Publications

 


Reflections on War

York Art Gallery


 

Video Clips

Gary Miller & The Volunteers performing 'Twa Scots Soldiers'
live at The Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed on 16th April 2010.

Gary performing 'Twa Scots Soldiers'
live 
at the Boulanger, Tübingen on Sunday 2nd May 2010.