Hey! William Topaz
William Topaz McGonagall – the toast of old Dundee
Shunned by the establishment
But he means the world to me
Beautiful city of Edinburgh, most wonderful to be seen,
With your ancient palace of Holyrood and Queen’s Park Green,
And your big, magnificent, elegant New College,
Where people from all nations can be taught knowledge.
Then away to the west — to the beautiful west!
To the fair city of Glasgow that I like the best,
Where the River Clyde rolls on to the sea,
And the lark and the blackbird whistle with glee.
On yonder hill there stood a coo
It must’ve moved cos it’s no there noo
The village of Broughty Ferry is most beautiful to see,
With its stately mansions and productive fishery,
Which is a great boon to the villagers and the people of Dundee,
And ought to make them thankful, and unto God to pray
For creating plenty of fish for them in the beautiful Tay.
from the album A Reckless History Of Scottish Poetry
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