Sweeties. Once a staple of every child’s daily life.  Now we’re becoming more aware of the affects they have on our health.  For some of us though, we just can’t help ourselves!

This lighthearted song was written after Barr’s reduced the amount of sugar in Irn Bru in response to the sugar tax that was being introduced.  There was a fair bit of backlash online and I did find some people’s reactions quite entertaining.

However, it’s mostly about my memories of rushing out to the ice cream van when I was a boy and how everything has become more expensive.

I remember those days when I was tiny
La la la la la
With my fifty pence piece I’d go out to the icy
La la la la la

Rhubarb and custards and jelly rings
La la la la la
A ten pence bag with more than ten sweet things
La la la la la

(Chorus)
Oh that’s the way it used to be
Oh that’s the way it used to be

Double dips with their swizzel sticks
La la la la la
I’d savour the flavour with every lick
La la la la la

I could buy lots of sweeties with my pocket money
La la la la la
Now they’ve hiked up the prices I can’t buy as many
La la la la la

They took the E numbers from our snacks
Years before the sugar tax
They took the E numbers from our snacks
Years before the sugar tax

Now I’m much older, I still like a munch
La la la la la
But the snacks aren’t as good they don’t have as much crunch
La la la la la

They tell us these sweet things are bad for you
And I know they are
But now that they’ve claimed our Irn Bru
They’ve taken things too far

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Down The Railway Line

Written during Glasgow Songwriting Festival, “Down The Railway Line” is about a trip down memory lane whilst walking along the old railway line which is now a footpath through Clackmannanshire. The area has a rich history of coal mining and the song will be featured on an app being developed by “Landscape Legacies Of Coal”, a project at Stirling University with the goal of raising awareness of the area’s mining history.

I took a walk between the village and the hills
Along the path where the trains used to roll
The scent of the trees took me back to the boy I used to be
Building dens, hide and seek
Along the path where the trains used to roll
Getting into trouble that my folks, they would never know

(chorus)
Every now and then my mind takes me back
Down the railway line, along that olden track
Those days are gone, but in a way they still remain
But still I dream I could travel on that train

Where the miners dug for coal
Along the path where the trains used to roll
I found in the stones a gift from a long long time ago
Black gold and some rivets of rust
Along the path where the trains used to roll
A miner underground worked his life to bring this to my hands

How many miners, working in the dark
Have feared they would never see the light?
As the trains stormed above them, dropping coal dust in their eyes
Did they ever think their shift would never end?

© A. Huggan 2017

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