#2 All You Need Is Love

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I’m going to begin with the first influence in my life  and that is my parents, who do the same as most parents around the world, provide for, and love their children. I loved them both but in different way’s.

Dad was the head of the house and he was not the kind person to have an argument with, you did as you were told, but he was also very kind and caring with me and my three younger brothers. He played with us and told us countless, funny stories, but there is one thing that he did for me and my brothers, that has always stuck, with me, and gives the true character of the man. My Dad had a fulltime job in the railway, but he sometimes would take me to a cleaning job that he used to do on a Saturday morning, I never thought much about it until I was about my late 20’s . I asked him; why did you start the cleaning job on a Saturday? The answer “If I was going to pay for music lessons for my oldest son, it’s only fair to do the same for your brothers”

My Mum was no different I suppose from any other, except she was, my Mum, and just adorable, if I forgot to give her a kiss before going to school each morning she would say this ”Ronald you’ve forgot something” so I would run back and give her a kiss, this never changed, I always had to give her a kiss before leaving. Her love for the four of us was unquestioning and totally reliable, and all of four of us would go back to her, time and time again when we had our own families, when we had a problem. She would hit the nail on the head every time.

There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest influence in our early life’s is our parents, from cradle to grave we will always be a reflection of our Father and Mother.

I wrote this song when I worked with a good friend in the folk club circuit,  but originally it was for some gigs I had at primary schools. It is based on my childhood memories, when my Dad made a  cart (bogie) out of old pram wheels and some bit’s of wood. Colin still does the song and is requested to sing the “bogie song” if he leaves it out of his set. It is in the Scottish dialect, so you will need to use some imagination!!

If you want to have a go at it I can send you an MP3 and a song sheet with guitar chords. You will get me via the contact page on the web site. The baby in the pic is me, with the funny hair style.

MA GREAT WEE BOGIE
CHORUS 1

MA GREAT WEE BOGIE
WIS’ MADE O WID’ N, NAILS
IT WIS’ FASTER THAN A BUS
ON IT’S FOUR SILVER WHEELS
AND MA MITHER’S WASHIN’ LINE
MADE A GREAT STEERIN’ WHEEL
AND A PU’D IT TAE THE RACE
AT THE TOP O’ NIDRRIE HILL
VERSE 1
NOO EV’RYONE WIS THERE
FAE AROON THE HOOSIN’ SCHEME
THERE WERE CARTS PAINTED BLACK AND WHITE
AND SOME WERE PANTED GREEN
BUT WHEN A BROUGHT MA BOGIE OOT
THEY AWE GAVE A SIGH
FUR MA GREAT WEE BOGIE
WIS’ THE APPLE O’ MY EYE
CHORUS 2
VERSE 2

WE AWE LINED UP
AT THE TOP O’ THE HILL
THE FEAR IN THEIR EYES
WID GEE YE A CHILL
FIR A HID A SECRET
THIT NE’ER HIS BEEN TELT
THE DRIPPIN FAE THE CHIP PAN
WIS UNDERNEATH MA BELT
CHORUS 3
VERSE 3

AFORE THE WHISTLE BLEW
A PUT GREASE ON THE WHEELS
AT A HUNDRED MILES AN OOR
YAE DON’T FEEL VERY WE’EL
THEY AWE GAVE A CHEER
WHEN A PASSED THE WINNIN’ POST
THE ONLY PROBLEM WIS’
A  HID’NAE LLEARNED TAE STOP
CHORUS 4
MA GREAT WEE BOGIE
WIS’ MADE O WID’ N, NAILS
IT WIS’ FASTER THAN A BUS
ON IT’S FOUR SILVER WHEELS
AND MA MITHER’S WASHIN’ LINE
MADE A GREAT STEERIN’ WHEEL
AND A LANDED ON THE HEDGE
AT THE BOTTOM O’ NIDDRIE HILL

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