The Shoppie
David Smith (Cornal)
  • David Smith lived in Chapel Street, Portessie, very near Harper's shop where the local children used to buy their sweets.
  • Composed shortly after the start of the second World War

  • On these lang days oor thochts aye stray
  • Where we've spent mony a happy' day.
  • And now we wonder when again
  • We'll gaun an shelter frae the rain
  • To Harper's shoppie.
  • A happy lot o' lads met there
  • Until they filled up every chair.
  • And then so far as they were able
  • They sat themselves upon the table
  • At Harper's shoppie.
  • The auld fireside we've gaithered roun
  • Until the flickerin' fire died down.
  • Syne up ae lad wid rise and say:
  • "It's time I was gaun hame for tea
  • Frae Harper's shoppie'".
  • "Guid nichts" were said wi' cheerie clatter.
  • Wi' lauchter then we'd hameward patter.
  • And as we'd pairt to gaun oor gait
  • A pal wid say: "We'll meet at eight
  • At Harper's shoppie'".
  • Then came September and we heard
  • O' dark days that wid lay ahead.
  • Lads that are pairted, young and auld
  • In answer to the country's call
  • Think' o' the shoppie.
  • And noo while they're awa to war,
  • Some here, some there, and some afar,
  • Their heirts are never far frae hame.
  • They wish that they were back again
  • At Harper's shoppie.
  • But if this war maun tak' its toll
  • O' lads who've answered to the call,
  • Let's hope and pray that when we're there
  • There dinna be an empty' chair
  • At Harper's shoppie.
  • And when this war is something past
  • And a' the lads are hame at last,
  • There's sure to be a tall ane spun
  • O' how they've treated Hitler's hun
  • At Harper's shoppie.
  • Let's hope that it's all over soon,
  • Afore anither year comes roun.
  • And soon that we will meet again
  • Some nicht to shelter frae the rain
  • At Harper's shoppie.
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