Arbroath man pens blues song for Bamse

Eddie with the Bamse statue.
Eddie with the Bamse statue.

An Arbroath song writer has penned a blues song about Montrose favourite Bamse and his maritime endeavours, as part of a new album entitled ‘Bluescotland Sky’.

Released on June 8, it’s an album of 10 songs about 10 different places in Scotland.

Eddie Cairney, a trained musician, blues/rock pianist and song writer was inspired by the Saint Bernard when he wrote his song ‘Big Dog Blues’.

He knew the story and was interested in the links with wartime Norway.

He said: “I like to write songs with words you can hear.”

Eddie often plays in sheltered housing schemes and old folks homes. He said: “I like to give pleasure with my music.”

He hopes to play the song, which can be found on YouTube, at next year’s Mofest.

Andrew Orr, co-author of the book Sea Dog Bamse said: “This is a charming and tuneful blues song which recounts Bamse’s story with amusement and affection.

“We know very well that Bamse liked to listen to music, and occasionally joined in with a howl! I’m sure he would have loved this number.”

The first verse of ‘Big Dog Blues’ goes:

A big dog in a sailor’s hat

That’s quite a sight ye’d agree wi that

He joined the navy at the age o’ three

Bamse Hafto said I’ll have tae free

My beautiful country from the Nazi yoke

And kick out that nasty wee Hitler bloke

So he made his way to Scotland’s shores

To serve his country on all fours


Big dog blues the big dog blues

He’d face a’ dangers and he’d ne’r’ refuse

Big dog blues the big dog blues

He was the top dog wi’ the allied crews

He more than covered a’ his union dues