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Dumbarton's Drums

 

 

Traditional Scottish

Arr: Merv Rowley

 

Alternate lyrics - man's version:

 

Dumbarton's drums they sound sae bonnie, When they remind me of my Jeannie.
Such fond delight can steal upon me, When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me.

Across the hills o' burning heather, Dumbarton tolls the hour of pleasure,
A song of love that has no measure, When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me.

Dumbarton's drums they sound sae bonnie, When they remind me of my Jeannie.
Such fond delight can steal upon me, When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me.

It's she alone who can delight me, As gracefully she doth invite me,
And when her tender arms enfold me, The blackest night can turn and flee.

Dumbarton's drums they sound sae bonnie, When they remind me of my Jeannie.
Such fond delight can steal upon me, When Jeannie kneels and sings tae me.

Dumbarton's drums they sound sae bonnie, When they remind me of my Jeannie.
Such fond delight can steal upon me, When Jeannie kneels and kisses me.

Exploring the two versions of lyrics, we can see that it is a love song, but it is a young love that may well end in tragedy. While Johnnie feels the ever-present danger of death in the life of a soldier, Jenny, thinks only of being a "Captain's Lady".

 

Dumbarton's Drums is also known as Scotch Tune, a Scottish Measure and Air. The melody was first published in England as a generically-titled "Scotch Tune" in John Playford's Apollo's Banquet (Sixth Ed., 1690). In its native Scotland the song and tune proved durable and popular; it earliest appears in the Skene Manuscript from the early seventeenth century (c. 1615-1630) and subsequently was published in over 20 sources before 1793. The Gows printed it in their Repository, Part Second, 1802. Robert Burns referred to it as a "West Highland" air in his manuscript notes. It appears in O'Farrell's Vol. III (1810/20).

"Dumbarton's Drums" is the oldest tune played for a "march-past" in the British army, i.e. when a regiment passed in review in front of an inspecting officer on formal occasions. In 1881 all the British army infantry regiments were ordered to submit for appraisal by the Horse Guards (the headquarters of the army) all the tunes used for such occasions. The Royal Scots Regiment, who used "Dumbarton's Drums", did not obey, and to this day the march, which continues to be used, has never been officially approved.

It was the Celtic population of Scotland that gave the name Dun Breattan (now Dumbarton), 'the fort of the Britons', to the stronghold of that people on the river Clyde. In more modern times Dumbarton has long been a county town on the north side of the Forth of Clyde, about fifteen miles from Glasgow, and is the principle town of the county of Dunbartonshire. It features a castle on the drumlin known locally as Dumbarton Rock.

 

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DumbartonsDrums.pdf

 

DumbartonsDrums.tef

 

DumbartonsDrums.MID

 

 

Links to YouTube videos

 

as sung by the Beers family...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2EILZUd9mM

 

...and when Pete Seeger joins them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnaQEDAlgXk

 

as sung by the Corries...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN7mBThh2vw

 

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