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Auld Glesga...anon...

Auld Glesca

Where’s the cludgie , that cosy wee cell ,
The string frae the cistern , I remember it well ,
Where I sat wi’ a candle and studied the mags ,
A win fur the ‘gers ,  defeat  fur the Jags .

Where is the tramcar that once did a ton
Doon the Great Western Rd on the auld Yoker run,
The conductress aye knew how to deal wi’ the yaff ,
“If yer gaun weal get oan , if yer no, jist get aff “.

I think o’ the days o’ my tenement hame ,
We’ve got fancy hooses no , but they’re jist no’ the same .
I’ll swap you gisunders , flyovers and jams ,
For a tanner return on the old Partick trams .

Gone is the Glasgow that I used to know ,
Big Wullie , wee Shooie , the steamie , the Co.,
The stupid wee bauchle , the glaikit big dreep ,
The baw’s on the slates , an’ yer gas at a peep .

Where is the Glasgow where I used to stay ,
With white wall closes done up with white clay ,
Where ye knew every neighbour from first floor to third
And to keep your door shut was considered absurd .

Where are the weans that once played in the street ,
Wi’ a jorrie , a peerie , a gird wi’ a cleek .
Can they still cadge a hurl , or drap aff a dyke ,
Play haunch-cuddy-haunch , kick-the-can an’ the like .

Where is the wee shop where a’ used tae buy
A quarter o’ tatties , a tuppenny pie ,
A bag o’ broken biscuits , a wee sodie scone ,
And the wummin  aye asked ye “How’s yer maw gettin’ on ?”

Where is the tally’s that I knew so well ,
The wee corner shoppie where they used to sell
Hot pies , a McCallum , ice cream in a poke ,
Ye kent they were tally’s the minute they spoke .

On a cauld winter’s night when we sat roon the fire ,
Each telt a story , not one was a liar .
Then in the morning , no lang efter dawn .
Ye got handed a parcel and sent tae the pawn .

Those days were so rosy, but money was tight ,
The wages hauf feenished by Seterday night .
But still we came through it and weathered the ruts ,
The reason is simple – oor parents had guts .
dosser

Fuck me! Heidy huz a heart!

Total digression here........... Ah lived in Glescae furra while, but Ah wisnae really payin' attention. There used tae be (and maybe still is) a part ca'ed Little Jerusalem*. Ah'm shure Ah even saw a bus or a tram showin' Little Jerusalem * as its destination on thon panel at ra front.

I aye assumed that wiz jist Glescae's Jewish quarter, like Golders Green in London or Cheetham Hill in Manchester, but somebody telt me thur wur mair tae the name than jist that.

So, Keelies and weegies, or whitever ye ca' yersel's these days, whits ra story?

* Ah dunn thon bold 'cause Celyn likes it.
Celyn

Re: Auld Glesga...anon...

Aye, Heidie, very fun and jolly.  Yes, it's a nice and pretty song, but there's another song, that I can't find right now, that is a determined reply* to this one, and it  blasts away at this rosy-coloured view of old times.  It mentions wee tiny details.   You know, mentioning that there might not be even enough munt to do that "cosy sitting by the fire" thing. Oh, and probably rats in this famous old communal cludgie.  And not enough food.  And possibly weans with no shoes.    And weans who did pass the exam to got to the proper school but could not go because the parents wanted the wean to leave school at 14 so as get a job and bring in some much needed  money to the house.

All a bit sad and horrible.

*   A bit like thon wee song-fight between Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd, I suppose.
Celyn

dosser wrote:
Fuck me! Heidy huz a heart!

Total digression here........... Ah lived in Glescae furra while, but Ah wisnae really payin' attention. There used tae be (and maybe still is) a part ca'ed Little Jerusalem*. Ah'm shure Ah even saw a bus or a tram showin' Little Jerusalem * as its destination on thon panel at ra front.

I aye assumed that wiz jist Glescae's Jewish quarter, like Golders Green in London or Cheetham Hill in Manchester, but somebody telt me thur wur mair tae the name than jist that.

So, Keelies and weegies, or whitever ye ca' yersel's these days, whits ra story?

* Ah dunn thon bold 'cause Celyn likes it.


I have never heard of "Little Jerusalem".  Really, I haven't.  And I don't know of any bus or tram with that destination.  

There was a place by Tollcross (Glasgow version) that was called "Egypt".  This is of no use to you at all, but I add it in just for teh LOLZ

I will ask my Dad about this.   Dad was a tram driver, then a bus driver so he might know.    OR, he might just laugh at me for asking:  that is possible too.  Smile

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