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Scottish Childrens Songs with Video

Updated on September 25, 2014

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When you think of Scotland is this what you see?
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The Music of Scotland

When you think of Scotland the first thing that springs to mind is men running about with their kilts blowing in the wind, eating haggis and playing the bagpipes.

In reality the music of Scotland is more diverse and has a long history of folk rock and even pop music but the songs written for The children of Scotland are amongst the funniest and silliest in the world.

From a lullaby like Ally Bally Be to Donald Where's Yer Troosers, Scotland's children love to sing these traditional and modern songs every day and they always go down well when sung at a good old Scottish themed Party.

Coulters Candy

The song Coulters candy, or Ally Bally Be, can be traced as far back as 1845, it started off as an advertisement for a shop that sold aniseed flavored boiled sweets. the song originally one verse quickly grew popular with children all over Scotland and more verses were added over time.

The recipe for Coulters Candy has been lost to the annuls of history but boiled aniseed sweets are still available in Scotland today.

The song is still sung throughout Scotland today, as a lullabye to settle children and babies down for the night.

Ally Bally Be

O' Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus

O' ye canny shove yer granny aff a bus is set to the tune of She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes but it has different connotations.

The question is why would anyone want to shove their granny off a bus in the first place?

Although you can't shove your mother's mother off a bus, in the song it seems to be alright if it is your fathers mother.

A fun song that children sing every day in Scotland that always gets a giggle.

O' Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus

The Jeely Piece Song

The Jeely Piece Song, Originated in the 1960s on the outskirts of Glasgow with the building of high rise flats to cope with Glasgow's growing population. When children played in the streets outside of their old tenement buildings, instead of calling them in for something to eat the mothers would throw a sandwich to them from the window.

A jeely piece is the Scottish name for a jam or jelly sandwich and the song is about trying to throw a sandwich from a flat or apartment 30 stories up to a child playing in the street.

The Jeely Piece Song

Skinny Ma Linky Longlegs

I have to be honest here and tell you that I have never heard this song before today, to me Skinny Malinky Long Legs was a rhyme rather than a song and was completely different from the song in this video.

The rhyme I know goes something like this.

Skinny malinky long legs big banana feet

Went to the pictures and couldnae find a seat

When the picture started, Skinny malinky farted

Skinny malinky long legs big banana feet

Skinny Ma Linky Longlegs

Red Yo-Yo

Red yo-yo is another song loved by the children of Scotland, about a girl called Annie who has taken her red yo-yo to school and lost it. she and everyone in the school are is looking everywhere to find it.

Please if you find wee Annie's red yo-yo with the wee yellow string hand it in, the poor wee lassie is broken hearted and her maw canny afford to buy her another one.

A catchy song loved by children all over Scotland.

Red Yo-Yo

Donald Wheres Your Troosers?

Donald Wheres Your Troosers? is a song about a Scotsman who wears a kilt instead of trousers. This song was a UK number one hit single twice for Andy Stewart the first time in 1961 and again in 1989.

A favorite with Scotlands children and adults and was one of Scotlands most popular funny songs of all time.

Donald Wheres Your Troosers? is said to have been written in ten minutes by Andy Stewart when he was sitting on a toilet seat with his trousers round his ankles.

Donald Wheres Your Troosers?

The Wellie Boot Song

Billy Connoly is probably Scotland's most famous comedian of all time and his Welly Boot Song has become a modern Scottish classic.

Children all over Scotland still get a laugh from this song even if they don't know who Billy connoly is.

Scotland is a country that gets a lot of rain and this song sends a message about the importance of wearing your welly boots to keep your feet dry.

If it Wisnae Fur Yer Wellies

There's Been A Murder in the Chip Shop

There's Been A Murder in the Chip Shop is not a line from Taggart, Scotland's most famous detective, it is a rather gruesome song involving theft, the murder of a dog at the paws of another dog, false teeth, a wig and a wooden leg.

A short song that changes direction after the first verse and really doesn't make any sense at all but it is a popular song that children love to sing and have a laugh with.

There's Been A Murder in the Chip Shop

Sam The Skull

Sam the skull is about the wanderings and shenanigans of a cat wandering the streets of Glasgow.

Cat lovers and children love this song about Sam's adventures and the havoc he causes.

Sam the Skull is a lovable rouge who gets into all sorts of trouble and claims that the bars on the local prison are not to keep the prisoners in but they are there to keep him out.

A favorite amongst the children of Scotland I have often thought that Sam the skull would make a great childrens story.

The Glasgow Cat

Granny's In The Cellar

Granny's in the cellar by the Corries is another classic childrens song about Granny and her unhygenic cooking habits, it may gross you out a little but in the end Granny's cooking always tastes better than anyone else's.

The Corries were more well known for singing Scottish folk music rather than for their comedy and Roy williamson the lead singer is probably better known for writing Scotland's modern national anthem Flower of Scotland

Granny's In The Cellar


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    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Jimmy you've made me cry ..... My grandmother used to sing most of these songs to me and your hub has brought back such wonderful childhood memories. Thank you :)

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Really a fun Scottish Hub! Good on you. Voting and sharing this!

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      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Have never heard any of these songs, but can see how they'd be favorites for both children and adults after listening to them! Thanks for sharing them with us. Great Hub!

    • Pauline Davenport profile image

      Pauline Davenport 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I love this jimmy - I've just spent the last quarter of an hour reading the hub and listening to some of the lovely familiar songs. had some lovely giggles- the 'Welly boot' song and the one about not throwing Granny off the bus in particular. 'Coulter's Candy' is an old favourite of mine - used to sing it to my own children. Eeeh, thank you for a grand trip down Memory Lane with you hub and lovely folk songs. Have voted up, interesting and funny

    • Blake Flannery profile image

      Blake Flannery 

      7 years ago from United States

      I want Mark Knopfler to do a children's album. I'd buy it.

    • Brainy Bunny profile image

      Brainy Bunny 

      7 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I love folk music and children's comedy songs, and this hub is a great blend of both. Voting up, funny, and awesome!


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