Proclaimers, The - Throw The 'R' Away Lyrics




I've been so sad
Since you said my accent was bad
He's worn a frown
This Caledonian clown

I'm just going to have to learn to hesitate
To make sure my words
On your Saxon ears don't grate
But I wouldn't know a single word to say
If I flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away

Some days I stand
On your green and pleasant land
How dare I show face
When my diction is such a disgrace

I'm just going to have to learn to hesitate
To make sure my words
On your Saxon ears don't grate
But I wouldn't know a single word to say
If I flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away

You say that if I want to get ahead
The language I use should be left for dead
It doesn't please your ear
And though you tell it like a leg-pull
It seems your still full of John Bull
You just refuse to hear

Oh what can I do
To be understood by you
Perhaps for some money
I could talk like a bee dripping honey.

I'm just going to have to learn to hesitate
To make sure my words
On your Saxon ears don't grate
But I wouldn't know a single word to say
If I flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away

You say that if I want to get ahead
The language I use should be left for dead
It doesn't please your ear
And though you tell it like a leg-pull
I think your still full of John Bull
You just refuse to hear

He's been so sad
Since you said his accent was bad
He's worn a frown
This Caledonian clown

I'm just going to have to learn to hesitate
To make sure my words
On your Saxon ears don't grate
But I wouldn't know a single word to say
If I flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away
Flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away
If I flattened all the vowels
And threw the 'R' away





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Proclaimers, The Throw The 'R' Away Comments
  1. crocusinmay may

    They contort their mouths to such a peculiar and unnatural extent, with the object of making themselves as incomprehensible as possible, then they complain that : "nobody understands a word I say" ! Typical Jocks - always saying 'look at us we're special', whilst claiming victim status at the same time..

  2. Silver Shamrock Novelties

    Ubbin soh sahd
    sinshou sed my uksent wuz bahd

    jk I love the Proclaimers :P

  3. RICHARD LAVERSUCH

    The Po Claimers

  4. ChapeuzinhoAUS

    Totally thought they said sassanach rather than Saxon...

  5. Xascious

    Truer words have never been spoken.

  6. P N

    I coached myself out of rolling my ‘R’s. I remember I went to a private school in Edinburgh, and the older girls would gather around me and ask me to say the word ‘murder’ which they said was cute. I wished I hadn’t given up the Scots lingo.

  7. Phil Ruane

    Poetry
    Ta lads from LFC ❤️👍⚽️

  8. Jensan Ruby

    My saxxon ears don't understand this.

    Vincent Gigante

    It’s really not hard to understand

  9. glebelands11

    auld scots language apart fae safe quaint 'Burns nights' has always been derided and now almost gone even though it is a distinct and written history of a once independent nation..i remember at school in the 70's being told not to speak in a certain way or I would not 'get on' ... get tae ya bass..

  10. Phil Ruane

    Words n tunes tis brilliabr

  11. EyeoftheU

    "Saxon" is both very underrated and underused as an insult.

  12. crocusinmay may

    Who can't understand a word he says? We can all understand you - you silly person. What is it with these people that they love to try to identifying themselves as victims?

    jimmy jhonstone

    crocusinmay may the whole point of the song is he’s talking about a really posh British girl and he’s a really dorky Scott. The whole songs a joke

    Magnus Peacock

    Back in th 80s they where pressured to change their accents

    Jam Bammz

    @jimmy jhonstone you are so wrong. Its about the American music industry who asked them to tone their accents down. Its a protest song. Also I'll tell you this for free. English is a mongrel tongue, there are Scots words in the English language however it is mostly Germanic. Some of you on here haven't a bloody clue

    P N

    You are idiot. The point is, we all remember in Scotland being insulted by teachers for our speech. I went to school in the 2000’s, and even then you would be belittled for speech patterns.

  13. Phil Ruane

    Brilliant

  14. Richard Watson

    the last real punk band.

  15. SPIKE M

    RRRRR 😸

  16. TheRicoRenner

    @RavynSkye1 I'm sorry to tell you this, you are incorrect.
    We say "Shit" which rhymes with "hit", but since we often use swearing as punctuation we have another word "shite" which rhymes with "might" or "white"

    Also I refuse to take lessons of pronunciation from an, and forgive me if you aren't, American.
    You can't even pronounce Jaguar properly.

  17. Geardirector

    This has to be of the most brilliantly silly things I've ever heard.

  18. Kavanagh24

    They are kings of music. no discussion.

  19. Ravyn Skye

    @phylwx -  LOL, Scots say "Shit" as "Shaight", which would rhyme with "White", while Americans say it as "Shit", which rhymes with "Spit".  It sure would be a lot easier though, if English adopted the Japanese way of dealing with vowels... they always sound the same, no matter what is around them, so there is no such thing as a long or short 'o', it's always just "o" as in "Show", and the same for the other vowels. XD;  

    rjksduncan

    In Scotland "shit" and "shite" are two different words

    Ollie Garkey

    @rjksduncan Would you explain the difference, friend?

    Kamika C

    shit is quite literally what comes out of your ass. shite is a swear word.

    Kamika C

    btw you can also say "pish" (for piss) in the same swear word context

  20. Pepo Ferguson

    This is so good, I love it : )