Best Scottish Drinking Songs

Scottish folk and drinking songs are part of a historic tradition, usually found in more rural areas. Songs are passed down by word or mouth and singing along and are rarely found in formal sheet music. However, due to the great work by Robert Burns, many of Scotland’s great music has been preserved.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne is probably one of the most famous Scottish Drinking Songs. Written by Scotland’s national poet and iconic figure Robert Burns, this Scottish drinking song not only frequents the pubs

MacPherson’s Lament

“MacPherson’s Lament” is a 17th century Scottish Drinking Song composed by James MacPherson himself in Prison on the eve of his execution for cattle rustling. On the gallows he played this tune

Quare Bungle Rye

“Quare Bungle Rye” is a humorous English Drinking Song about rye whiskey. When a sailor Jack goes to purchase some fine rye whiskey a mixup occurs and he is given a baby

Simon the Cellarer

Drinking songs are not just for beer drinkers. Many of the most celebrated drinking songs, just like this Scottish Drinking Song, give praise to wine and its complexities. Lyrics Old Simon, the

Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl

Th “landlord” is not the man you pay rent to. Here the landlord is the owner of the tavern or pub. This Scottish Drinking Song can be found with various different lyrics

Aiken Drum

“Aiken Drum” is a popular Scottish Drinking Song and nursery rhyme, an odd combination. The traditional folk song probably has its origins in a Jacobite song about the Battle of Sheriffmuir (1715).