The Boy in the Train

This Poem, 'The Boy in the Train' was written by Mary Campbell Smith, and gives a delightful description of a young lad arriving at Kirkcaldy (the town where Prime Minister Gordon Brown was raised and currently represents in Parliament.)

Other poems/songs about Kirkcaldy include The Carls O Dysart written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife (Dysart is right next door to Kirkcaldy), and The Collier Laddie which is believed to one of Fife's oldest songs.

By the way, if YOU know a Scottish Poem that you would like to be included on this site, or indeed if you have written one, why not submit your contribution HERE, so people from around the world can enjoy it.


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The Boy in the Train

Whit wey does the engine say Toot-toot?
Is it feart to gang in the tunnel?
Whit wey is the furnace no pit oot
When the rain gangs doon the funnel?
What'll I hae formy tea the nicht?
A herrin', or maybe a haddie?
Has Granma gotten electric licht?
Is the next stop Kirkcaddy?

There's a hoodie-craw on yon turnip raw!
An's sean-gulls - sax or seeven.
I'll no fa' oot o' the windae, Maw
It's sneckit, as sure as I'm leevin'
We're in the tunnel! We're a' in the dark!
But dinna be frichtit, Daddy,
We'll sune be coming to Beveridge Park,
And the next stop's Kirkcaddy!

Is yon the mune I see in the sky?
It's awfu' wee and' curly
See! There's a coo and a cauf ootbye,
An a lassie pu'in' a hurly!
He's chackit the tickets and gien them back,
Sae gie me my ain yin, Daddy.
Lift doon the bag frae the luggage rack,
For the next stop's Kircaddy!

There's a gey wheen boats at the harmour mou',
And eh! dae ye see the cruisers?
The cinnamon drop I was sooin' the noo
Has tummelt an' stuck tae ma troosers.
Ill sune be ringin' ma Gran'ma's bell
She'll cry, "Come ben, my laddie."
For I ken mysel' by the queer-like smell
That the next stop's Kircaddy!

See also the following:-


My Love is Like a Red Red Rose - This lovely romantic poem/song by Rabbie Burns.
The Collier Laddie - Believed to be one of the oldest of Fife's songs.
Address to a Haggis - Rabbie Burn's famous poem, recited at Burn's Suppers throughout the world.
Auld Lang Syne - Rabbie Burns' famous song, traditionally sung to bring in the New Year.
Poem Mary Morrison - Another love poem by Rabbie Burns. I've dedicated this page to my Aunt, also called Mary Morrison who passed away in 2007.
Titanic Poem - Answers this question followed by a poem about that tragedy written by my Grandmother (from Scotland, of course!)
Translation Auld Lang Syne - Find out what the words of Auld Lang Syne mean?
Address To A Mouse - This Poem was written when Burns disturbed a mouse’s nest when ploughing a field.
Address To The Toothache - This descriptive Poem says it all!

The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens - This ballad mentions Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland.
Psalm 1 - This Psalm was paraphrased by Rabbie Burns.
The Carls o Dysart -This Poem/song was written by Rabbie Burns on a journey through Fife.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Scottish Custom and Traditions - Learn a bit more about some of our customs and traditions.
Language, Customs and Culture Bookstore - Browse through our Bookstore for Scots-English Dictionaries, and plenty books on the works of Rabbie Burns.

See also poems contributed by visitors:
I Love The Lomonds, Cheeseboard, The Silver Trail to Crail , This Public Bar in Ladybank, A Friendly Fife Said "Hello", They walked all the way from Glasgow, Aberdour Greets Me Kindly, A Glimpse of Gold in Kirkcaldy, Kingskettle Cemetery, The Bonnie Bonnie Sand of St Andrews Bay, Thomas Joseph Harris, The Tay Bridge Disaster, Sojourn in St Andrews, When I walked to Leven, I should have played for Ladybank Violet, The Old Scottish Stone, Collessie, The Kingdom of Fife, Lady Mary Ann, The Village of Tayport & its Surroundings, Loch Leven, Grace Before Dinner, Holy Willie's Prayer, Will Ye No' Come Back Again, The Rights of Woman, Scots Wha Hae, Tam o' Shanter, The Star o' Rabbie Burns, Robert Burns, Ae Fond Kiss, Ballade of the Royal Game of Golf, A Man's a Man for A' That, To A Louse, Cuddle Doon, Scotch Drink

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