The Holiday Song

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This song was written to conjure up memories of my Scottish seaside holidays when I was a kid. I've tried to make the music evocative of the weather you tend to get on the Scottish coast; fresh and breezy. The spanner in the works is that when I was young I suffered from bad Asthma - so I was never feeling that well.

Words and music by Jim Byrne

Well I went down
to the harbour
just to watch the fishing boats come in
Loading boxes hosing down decks
that’s what I remember
holiday down by the coast

Well I always had my rod
but I never seem to catch a thing
ice cream fishing chips on my breath
salt and ice and fishing bouys

Sho roo do doot doot doot do ro

Always down at the arcade
flashing lights and ringing bells
but I never seemed to win a thing
Bumping the machine
just a little more change

From the wall to the beach
it always felt so cold to me
My mother said get down to the sea
but I never felt well at all

Sho roo do doot doot doot do ro

On the sand building sand castles
Just a holiday down by the coast

All the commotion at the harbour
Just a holiday down by the coast

Just walking down the front
Just a holiday down by the coast

I remember we went to the putting
Just a holiday down by the coast

Paddling on the beach
Just a holiday down by the coast

Struggling with the wind
Just a holiday down by the coast

Some days it would rain
Just a holiday down by the coast

Watching the fishing boats come in
Just a holiday down by the coast

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