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the portree kid – corries lyrics

a man came ridin’ oot the west one wild and stormy day
he was quiet, lean, and hungry – his eyes were smokey grey
he was lean across the hurdies, but his shooders they were big
the terror o’ the heilan glens – that was the portree kid

hee-durum-ho
hee-durum-hey
the chookter, that come, fae skye

his sidekick was an aura man, n oh but he was mean
he was called the midnight ploughboy, n he come fae aberdeen
he had twentyseven notches on his chronic so they say
and he killed a million indians – way up in stornayway

portree booted in the door, he sauntered tae the bar
he poured a shot ay crabby’s, he shouted ‘slangevar’
while midnight was bein chatted up, my bar room girl called pam
who said well howdy stranger, would ye buy us a babycham

now over in the corner sat three men fae auchtertool
they were playing games for money, in a snakes and ladders school
the fourth man was a southerner, who’d come up from macmerry
he’d been a river gambler, on the balahoulish ferry

hee-durum-ho
hee-durum-hey
the chookter, that come, fae skye

portree walked tae the table, and he shouted shake me in
he shougled on the egg cup, he gave the dice a spin
he threw some sixes in a row, and the game was nearly done
but then he landed on a snake, and finished on square one

the game was nearly over, and portree was dain fine
he’d landed on a ladder, he was up tae fortynine
he only had but one tae go, and the other man was beat
but the gambler couped the boared oer, and shouted you’re a cheat

men dived behind the rubber plants, tae try and save their skin
tha accordianist stopped playin, his sidekick dropped the spoons
he said i think it’s funny, ye’ve been up that ladder twice
n ye aywees turned the table, when i go tae throw me dice

hee-durum-ho
hee-durum-hey
the chookter, that come, fae skye

the gambler drew his sgian dubh, as fast as lightening speed
the portree grabbed a screwtop, and cracked him oer the heed
then he gave him laldy wi a salmon aff the wall
and he finished off the business, wi his lucky grouse foot’s claw

portree walked up tae the bar, and says i’ll hae a half
and dae ye like the way i stuck it, tae that wee mcmerrinyaf
but the southerner crept up behind him, his featured racked wi pain
and he gubbed him wi an ashtray, made oot a curlin stain

the fight went ragin on all night, till openin time next day
break for soup n stovies, off a coronation tray
it was gettin kinda obvious that neither man would win
when came the shout that stopped it aw, ‘there’s a bus trip comin’ in’

hee-durum-ho
hee-durum-hey
the chookter, that come, fae skye

they sing this song in gallashields, n up by peterheed
way down oer the border, across the rio tweed
about what became of portree, midnight and the gamblin man
the opened up a gift shop, sellin’ fresh air in a can

hee-durum-ho
hee-durum-hey
the chookter, that come, fae skye

- all song lyrics by corries