B is for Barlinnie

We didn’t live too far from Barlinnie prison in Glasgow. There was always someone whose “da had gone up to the big hoose” while the younger members of the family went to the local borstal. The prison was a big part of east end life. We even had a wee song we used to sing about it.

Barlinnie

Barlinnie Prison

Ah wannie go hame, ah wannie go hame 

Tae ma wee hoose in Barlinnie

An when a get there ah’ll pull up a chair,

an waash ma face in a tinny

The porridge is great, ye dont need a plate

Ye only need a hammer an a chisel

Ah wannie go hame, ah wannie go hame

Tae ma wee hoose in Barlinnie

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. cassam101
    Apr 2, 2013

    I was brought up not far from Barlinnie too,in fact I used to date a prison officer’s son and he lived right next to prison. Not hear the song but its very funny.

  2. cassam101
    Apr 2, 2013

    I was brought up not far from Barlinnie too,in fact I used to date a prison officer’s son and he lived right next to prison. Not hear the song but its very funny.

  3. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 2, 2013

    Nettie – I love that song! And there is definitely something about having a prison nearby that affects the local culture.

  4. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 2, 2013

    Nettie – I love that song! And there is definitely something about having a prison nearby that affects the local culture.

  5. ailsaabrahamwp
    Apr 2, 2013

    Oh that is lovely! What is the tune? When I lived in Leeds the local prison was Armley so when Dire Straights brought out Brothers in Arms, the footie fans used to sing “My brother’s in Armley” which in most cases was true! Loving your posts. xx

  6. ailsaabrahamwp
    Apr 2, 2013

    Oh that is lovely! What is the tune? When I lived in Leeds the local prison was Armley so when Dire Straights brought out Brothers in Arms, the footie fans used to sing “My brother’s in Armley” which in most cases was true! Loving your posts. xx

  7. kirstyes
    Apr 2, 2013

    Hi Nettie, would love an audio file of you singing the song ;0)

  8. kirstyes
    Apr 2, 2013

    Hi Nettie, would love an audio file of you singing the song ;0)

  9. alberta
    Apr 2, 2013

    Great blog:) don’t know Glasgow but I’m sure there are areas like so all over like our London ones

  10. alberta
    Apr 2, 2013

    Great blog:) don’t know Glasgow but I’m sure there are areas like so all over like our London ones

  11. trishnugentwriter
    Apr 2, 2013

    Ha. I love this.Like Kirstyes, I’d love to hear you sing the song 🙂

  12. trishnugentwriter
    Apr 2, 2013

    Ha. I love this.Like Kirstyes, I’d love to hear you sing the song 🙂

  13. Joe Owens
    Apr 2, 2013

    Such an interesting tune to capture the thought!

  14. Joe Owens
    Apr 2, 2013

    Such an interesting tune to capture the thought!

  15. Carol
    Apr 3, 2013

    Never heard of that! Mind you, I grew up in the Southside so that’s probably not so much of a surprise!

    C x

  16. Carol
    Apr 3, 2013

    Never heard of that! Mind you, I grew up in the Southside so that’s probably not so much of a surprise!

    C x

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