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Poetry and Stories
John's Memoirs, Poems and Musical Lyrics
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As compositions of lyrics to a variety of music, these creations are both light-hearted and serious in nature. You will notice that the particular kinds of verses that I tend to favour are often designed to encourage a chuckle, are harmless, and are never derisive nor ribald … or they are personally nostalgic, serious or topical, and thus they may suggest pause for thought and reflection. My continuing efforts along these lines in this section of Electric Scotland are mostly written in North-East Scotland Doric. However, when it seems relevant to do so, I compose, or translate, some into the Queen’s English.

So, while you are either reading or singing these verses, I hope that your day may be brightened by their humour, or enlightened by their moral and spiritual conjectures. The midi or wav music files that accompany the long list of lyrical efforts that appear in this section celebrate the creative skills of countless composers of classical music and popular songs from about 1700 onwards. My lyrics attempt to honour, not only the enterprise shown by so many talented modern day sequencers of the thousands of these electronic miracles, but also the magnificence of the outcomes of their workmanship.

Please Note: Most of the songs below have links to music to go along with them. We have arranged for the music to play in a new window so you can both listen to the music as well as read the words.

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