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Burning of the Clavie in Burghead

Recording of ‘Burghead Sands’ by Gaberlunzie, see link below

Burghead Primary School Choir

Director: Anne Palmer

Recording: 1991

Converted from cassette tape

Composer - Gordon Menzies

Come again come again you Burghead men,
Who sail with the morning tide,
Come again, come again through the wind and the rain,
To the place where you'll always bide.

And you know as you stand on the Burghead sand,

Though the years be ten times ten,
You'll aye be a slave to the ocean wave,
Till you're back on the sea once again.

When the fishing's done the harvest won,
May God your boaties guide,
To the harbour gate where the women wait,
Till you're safely by their side.

Born in the lea of the great North Sea,
Where the weeping willows lap,
Married at birth to the Moray Firth,
And the deck o' a fishing craft.

Come again come again you Burghead men,
To the brocht where you'll aye belong,
To the druid's well and the clavie's smell,
And the oystercatcher's song

Burghead is famous for The Druids Well, the Pictish Fort, and the burning of the Clavie each January 11th (picture below)