The Waggle of the Kilt

The Pipes and Drums of the First Battalion Liverpool Scottish, The Waggle Of The Kilt, record cover, 1959

Tartan Day

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"He's a braw braw Hielan' laddie, Private Jock McDade.  There's not anither soger like him in the Scotch Brigade.  Rear'd amang the heather, you can see he's Scottish built,  By the wig, wig, wiggle, wiggle, waggle o' the kilt." ~ The Waggle of the Kilt, Harry Lauder, 1922

The Waggle of the Kilt

All those yards of material in a formal kilt definitely have a life of their own, dancing or walking.

 

Here are the lyrics to the traditional tune that accompanies this namesake dance, famously recorded by Harry Lauder in 1917.   Henry Lauder (1870 – 1950) was a Scottish singer and comedian popular in both music hall and vaudeville theater tradition and achieved international success.  He was described by Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador."

 

Waggle O' The Kilt 

 

I'll never forget the day I went and join'd the "Ninety third" 
The chums I used to run with said they thought I look'd absurd. 
As they saluted me, and gather'd round me in a ring, 
And as I wagg'd my tartan kilt they a' began to sing -

 

Chorus

 

He's a braw braw Hielan' laddie, Private Jock McDade. 
There's not anither soger like him in the Scotch Brigade. 
Rear'd amang the heather, you can see he's Scottish built, 
By the wig, wig, wiggle, wiggle, waggle o' the kilt.

 

Chorus

 

I'll never forget the day we were order'd on review. 
The king came down to see us, and the queen was with him too. 
As I march'd by the royal coach the king just shook his head. 
The queen put on her royal spec's and look'd at me and said -

 

Chorus

 

I'll never forget the day we went away to camp. 
But the sun was hot, I drank a lot, I was nearly dead with cramp. 
I'm very nearly certain sure I would have died that day, 
But the thing that saved my life was when the band began to play-

 

Chorus

To hear the original recording by Harry Lauder, click the sheet music.

And to see the dance performed by the Tay Dancers in 2017, see below.

The Waggle of the Kilt
The Waggle of the Kilt

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