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Road Bridge o' the Forth

by eddie cairney

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On a day in 1964 On a day in 1964 The River Forth was spanned You could walk frae Fife tae the Lothian And never leave dry land From miles around twas a sight to see Everyone did all agree You could drive yer car frae Edinburgh Right up tae Kirkaldy Imagine the wondrous sight Of this bridge o’ dreams and hopes Wi its towers high above the Forth Supporting massive great wire ropes Specs o’ people on the bridge Workin’ night and by day And the workforce that built that bridge Worked for more than just pay
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Ferries no more Verse 1 Many years ago when I was a lad I would look forward to Gae’n ow’r the Forth on a big day oot Bound for Edinburgh Zoo We would a’ pile in tae oor Faither’s car Catch the boat at North Queensferry And I kent a’ their names of by heart Wallace, Bruce, Margaret and Mary Verse 2 Then one day I was telt there’d be A new bridge spannin’ the Forth That would carry cars and pedestrians Opening on September 4th Though I was excited I have to say I was also a bit sad For I’d miss the trips on the Forth Ferries I’d enjoyed since I was a lad Verse 3 On the day when the bridge was opened We were up and a’ scrubbed clean Then we a’ went doon and lined the road Tae catch a gimps o the Queen She said a few words and christened it And went owr in her big car And as she drove I shed a tear For the ferries that would be no more
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500 feet up 02:22
500 feet up 500 feet up wi nae harness an’ ner a net atween us but we a had oor hard hats on tae protect oor heids if we fell aff the returning hero’s o’ the first Forth Road Bridge came back tae see the new ain they were astonished at the auld ain they’d build in the days when men were hard as nails and they pondered on the new wan wi’ its computers and mod cons “wi just a slide rule, pencil and paper how did we manage tae build that”
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Here's tae a that built her Here’s tae a those that built her An arduous game through wind and rain Here’s tae a those that built her We raise a glass to you Here’s tae a those that built her Ye have tae feel for the men o’ steel That put up the mighty Forth Road Bridge We raise a glass to you Building bridges is a job done by the brave It’s certainly not for the faint hearted Workin’ days spent in the company o’ the birds Wi yer life in the lap o’ the gods Here’s tae those that built her Workin’ lives extraordinary Here’s tae a’ those that made the effort We raise a glass to you Building bridges is a job done by the brave It’s certainly not for the faint hearted Workin’ days spent in the company o’ the birds Wi yer life in the lap o’ the gods Here’s tae a those that built her An arduous game through wind and rain Here’s tae a those that built her We raise a glass to you We raise a glass to you
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Road Bridge o’ the Forth Verse 1 Road Bridge o’ the Forth And artery o’ Scotland Linkin’ the south tae the lands o’ the north Let your splendour unfold Tae a’ that behold you Yer part o’ the fabric that makes Scotland bold Refrain 1 Then we pause for a moment Tae tak’ ye a’ in Mighty bridge and twin partner O’ rails kith an’ kin You have served us for 50 years Through sun and rain Oh road bridge o’ the Forth You’ve become our ain Verse 2 As we look tae the future We see a new structure Risin’ up skyward tae tak’ yer place And although it’s a fact That your cables are rusting Your spirit will live on In a’ oor hearts Refrain 2 Then we pause for a moment Tae tak’ ye a’ in Mighty bridge and twin partner O’ rails kith an’ kin You have served us for 50 years Through sun and rain Oh road bridge o’ the Forth Your memory will remain

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released January 9, 2014

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eddie cairney Scotland, UK

Eddie Cairney is one of the country's most prolific songwriters and Scotland's best kept songwriting secret with 58 albums to date and another 100 plus in the pipeline. He has written new music to almost all of Robert Burns works totalling 892 new songs. He writes in a great many genres, from folk to orchestral. He is also one of Scotland's most accomplished rock/blues piano players. ... more

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