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Doon past Peat’s cottage whaur it keeks

Oot at the road frae hint the wid,

Alang the Wrack Road bye the brig

We rin wi’ faces rid.

Perchance we’ll stoap tae cock an e’e

Whaur some wee yella yittie’s nest

Is steekit mang some jaggie bush

Whae’s thornies offer aye a test.

Then oan we jig past cottages

That squat afore Balchriston’s mains,

Doon tae Goatsgreen an’ Maibole Shore,

A cheerfu’ bunch o’ gangrel weans.

Tae pass the first o’ simmer’s freedom days

Amang the dunes an’ wids tae roam.

Tae kick a ba’, tae big a fire,

Tae soom wi’in the dancin’ foam.

Oot yonder Ailsa’s muckle crag

Sits like a giant current bun,

While ablow Culzean’s daurk cliff the caves

Haud oot their offer o’ mair fun.

Wi’in yon daurk an’ weepin’ wa’s

The licht o’ day syne dies a daith.

A loon micht in its daurkness chance

Upo’ the lang loast piper’s wraith!

We’ll later head oot Northward bound

Bye Paddy’s Hut an’ Rancleugh Burn

Tae the Swimmin’ Club at Croy’s side

Perchance we’ll tak anither turn.

An’ sae the happy oors speed bye,

Till the sun slides doon ahint Goatfell.

It’s time tae mak the hameward trek

Oor grumlin’ stumicks tell.

Reluctantly we start oor merch

Back tae aul’ Maibole toon,

Oor weary legs remind us aye,

The Wrack Road seems much steeper, lads

Gaunin up than comin doon.

No’ fur oor gang the luxury

O’ Billy Arrol’s bus or caur,

Jist rin-a-pole an’ walk-a-pole,

Tae cadge a lift we dinna daur.

At last we win tae Gallowshill

The toon below’s a welcome sicht

The scents o’ suppers spur us hame

An’ sae tae yin an’aw…Guidnicht.

George McEwan
 Glasgow 2005

Poems of George McEwan

The Times Are Aye A-Chaingin'


Blues for Billy


The Cairders Burn and Cultiezeoun


Summer Breakaway

Tak' Up Yir Glass


I attended Carrick Academy where I first met Billy Davidson. While staying in Ayr I started and for a number of years ran, Ayr Folk Club where my friendship with Billy Connolly was forged. While working in Turner's lemonade factory I wrote ' The Welly Boot Song' which for a while was Billy's theme song. I've been writing for a long time, mostly poetry in dialect or with a Native American theme. Through the Maybole website I renewed my friendship with Billy Davidson and since then we've been corresponding and exchanging ideas re- poetry in general. These few here include a couple with a 'Glasgow' theme just for interest. While growing up in Maybole my big buddy was Peter Finnie. Alas we lost touch, and I've been searching for him for years now and would be grateful for any news of him. 

George McEwan.  October 2006

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Carrick Academy schoolmates reunited after 50 years!

They were at Carrick Academy together in the 1950s then lost contact until they got back in touch through the Maybole web site and met up again five years ago for the first time in 50 years. In July 2009 George McEwan and Bill Davidson met up again in the Welltrees Inn in this Year of Homecoming, George travelling from Glasgow and Bill all the way from New York. Bill’s son had suggested that a trip to Turnberry for The Open would be a great present for Bill’s 70th birthday and he jumped at the chance to come back to his roots and meet up with family and friends. more