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I Wish I Was In Glasgow

  • (Billy Connolly)
  • That good old place I miss so much now sees some better days
    Yet still we talk about it as we go our separate ways
    Glasgow gave me more than it ever took away
    And it prepared me for life on the road

    I wish I was in Glasgow with some good old friends of mine
    Some good old rough companions, some good old smooth red wine
    We would talk about the old days and the old town's sad decline
    And drink to the boys on the road

    I was born in Glasgow, in the East End of the town
    I would take you there and show you but they pulled the old place down
    And when I think about it oh it always makes me frown
    They bulldozed it all to make a road

    I belong to Glasgow, that's how the old song ran
    Ask anyone who's been there - you will understand
    You can take the man from Glasgow but not the Glasgow from the man
    It prepares you for life on the road

    Alternative last verse:
    My grannie brought the family up from the time we lost our mum
    My father was a good man and he made me all I am
    There was always bread and butter, there was sometimes even jam
    And there was so much to learn along the road

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1990:] He's so good on comic songs few people remember that Billy Connolly has a nice line in wistful numbers [...]. Billy recorded I Wish I Was In Glasgow on an album called 'A Change Is As Good As Arrest'. Iain [MacKintosh], with Billy's permission, has rewritten the last verse. [Original last verse:]

    My granny was a cleaner, my grandad drove a tram
    My father was an engineer, he made me all I am
    They have seen the city come and go, still they give a damn
    There's so much to learn along the road

    (McVicar, One Singer One Song 110)

  • [1991:] The city of Glasgow features large in my life ... This song from the more serious side of comedian Billy Connolly chronicles the affection in which the town is held by her wandering sons, particularly the musical ones. (Notes Iain MacKintosh, 'Risks and Roses')

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