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Updated 11/21/2019


Welcome to behind the tunes; a collection of music for the Highland Bagpipes and the stories behind them.  This is a work in progress and a labor of love.  The music and stories are meant to be shared.  Each page contains information about the tune, lyrics (for those tunes that have them), the music, a printable copy, and a downloadable version in Bagpipe Music Writer.

Be sure to refresh this page on a regular basis for updates.


10th Battalion HLI Crossing the Rhine (VI)
12th Battalion Royal Scots (VI)
15th Scottish Division (VI)
74th Highlanders March
93rd Highlanders Welcome to Glasgow

A Man's A Man for A' That (VI)
A Nation Once Again (V2)
A Night at the Broch
Abercairney's Highlandmen
Achany Glen (V2)
Advance Australia Fair (V2)
Ae Fond Kiss (V2)
Aherlow Glens (V3)
Airlie Castle
Alexander Duff's (V2)
Alison Hargreave's Farewell to K2 (V3)
Alistair Fergus Ewan
All the Bluebonnets are Over the Border (VI)
America the Beautiful (V2)
Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song)
An Ataireachd Ard (The Surge of the Sea)
An Chailleach sa Tornoig (The Old Hag at the Kiln) (V2)
Anchors Aweigh (VI)
An Eala Bhan (The White Swan) (V2)
An Mhaighdean Mhara (The Sea Maiden) (V2)
Angus John's Fancy (V3)
Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night) (V2)
Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn CehI (For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name) (V2)
Ardblair Castle
Ardross Castle
Arnistan Castle (V2)
Arthur Bignold of Lochrosque (V2)
Ashokan Farewell
Atholl Brose (V2)
Atholl Highlanders (VI)
Auchmountain's Bonnie Glen (V3)
Auld Lang Syne (V2)

Back to Donegal (VI)
Balmoral (VI)
Balmoral Castle (V2)
Banjo Breakdown (V3)
Barrosa (V3)
Battle of the Somme (VI)
Battle of Waterloo (VI)
Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms (V3)
Ben More
Black Duncan
Bloody Fields of Flanders (VI)
Bluebells of Scotland (VI)
Bonnie Dundee (VI)
Bonnie Galloway
Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie (VI)
Bonnie MacAlpine (VI)
Bonny Portmore (V3)
Boturich Castle
Brian Boru (VI)
Briogais Mhic Ruari (Roryson's Breeks)
Brose and Butter (V2)
Brown-Haired Maiden (VI)
Buchal an Eire (Come by the Hills) (VI)
ttavante Castle (V3)

Ca' the Ewes (V3)
Caber Feidh (VI)
Cahirmee Fair
Cailleach an Airleg (The Hag with the Money) (V2)
Cairnbulg Point
Caller Herrin' (V2)
Calon Ln (A Pure Heart) (V2)
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle (VI)
Campbeltown Loch
Captain Horne (VI)
Captain Lochlan MacPhail of Tiree (VI)
Captain Norman Orr Ewing (V3)
Carlingford Lough (VI)
Carradale Bay (VI)
Castle Cary Pipes & Drums (VI)
Castle Dangerous (V2)
Castle Grant (V2)
Clare's Dragoons (V3)
Cliffs of Doneen (VI)
Cock o' the North (V3)
Cockney Jocks (VI)
Colonel McNamara, M.P. (V3)
Conference at Bonar Bridge
Corkhill (VI)
Corriechoillie's 43rd Welcome
  to the Northern Meeting
Craighall Crescent
Craigh na Dun (V3)
Craignish Castle
Creagh Castle (V3)
Crodh Chailean (Colin's Cattle)
Crossing the Minch (VI)
Crossing the Spital
Cullen Bay (VI)
Cuttymun & Treeladle
Cwn Rhondda (Rhondda Valley) (V2)

Dalcassian Tribe March
Danny Boy (V3)
Donal' Don
Donald Blue (V3)
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban (VI)
Donald MacLeod (VI)
Donella Beaton
Dornie Ferry
Dornoch Links (V2)
Down by the Sally Gardens (VI)
Drouthy (Thirsty) Crony
Drummond Castle Laundry
Duke of Perth's Reel
Duke of Sutherland's March
Dunblane (V2)

Dunoon Castle
Dunrobin Castle

Earl or Erroll (VI)
Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band
Egg and the Fiddle (V3)
Eileen Alannah (V3)
Ensign Keogh

Faskally House
Faugh a Ballagh (Clear the Way) (VI)
Farewell to Cape Helles
Farewell to Govan (V2)
Farewell to Nigg (V3)
Farewell to the Creeks (V3)
Farquhar Macrae
Fear a' Bhta (The Boatman) (V2)
Fingal's Weeping (VI)
Finnegan's Wake (V3)
Flett from Flotta (VI)
Flower of Scotland (VI)
Flowers of the Forest (VI)
Four Green Fields (V2)


Garryowen (VI)
Gillie Callum
Glen Lyon
God Save Ireland (VI)
Going Home (V2)

Golspie Fishermen
Grandtully Bridge

Hail to the Chief (V3)
Hawick Express
Heave Ho! My Boys, Heave Ho! (V2)
Heather Grant of Strathyre (V3)
Hector the Hero (V3)
High Road to Gairloch (VI)
Highland Cathedral (V2)
Highland Laddie (VI)

I Love a Lassie (VI)
I Will Go Home to Kintail (VI)
I'll Gang Nae Mair tae Yon Toon (VI)
Inverary Castle (V3)
Inverness Gathering (V3)
Invisible in the Cowcaddens
Isle of Hoy (VII)

Jackets Green
Jenny's Bawbee (VI)
Jessie Brown of Lucknow
Jimmy Findlater (V3)

Johnny Cope

Kantarah to El Arish
Kelly the Boy from Killane (V3)
Kilaloe (V2)
Killicrankie (V2)
Kilworth Hills (V2)


Lady Carmichael of Castlecraig
Laird o' Cockpin
Lament for Donald MacRae (Balallan)
Lament for Jef Ar Penven (V3)
Lament for Sir Rory Mor
Lanigan's Ball (V3)
Leaving Arisaig (VI)
Leaving Cobh
Lecale (V3)
Let Erin Remember the Days of Old (V3)
Lochanside (VI)
Loch Broom Bay (V2)
Loch Lomond (V2)
Loch Maree (V2)
Loch Rannoch (V2)
Loch Ruan (V3)
Lonach Lasses
Lord Dunmore's Jig
Lord Huntly's Cave
Lord Lovat's Lament (VI)
Lord Reay's Jig
Loudoun's Bonnie Woods and Braes (VI)

Lough Conn
Lough Derg
Lt. Col. W.D. Faulkner M.C. (V3)
Lullaby from R.B. Nicol

MacCrimmon's Lament (V2)
MacKay's Farewell to the 74th (V3)
MacKenzie Highlanders' March (V3)
MacNeil's Farewell to Bara
Mairi nighean Alasdair
Mairi's Wedding (VI)
Major Bowen
Major Mackie
March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande)
Mark Sheridan's (V3)
Marquess of Stafford
Men of Argyle (V3)
Millbank Cottage
Miss Catherine Maxwell's Scotch Measure
Miss Drummond of Perth
Monymusk (V2)
Mrag of Dunvegan (V2)
Mosta Fort (V3)
Mrs. Joy Cairns (V3)
Muir of Ord (VI)
Murdo's Wedding
My Dream Valley on the
   Road to Glendaruel
My Ladys Gown theres Gairs upon it 
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet (VI)

My Tocher's the Jewel

Neil Gow's Farewell to Whisky (V2)
New Year in Noosa (V2)
Notre Dame Victory March (V2)

Nuair chunnic min ts thu, dheaninn do phsadh (I would have preferred thee at first, but not now Sir)

O'Donnell Ab
O'er The Bows to Ballindalloch (VI)
Oft in the Stilly Night (V3)
O Mhiri, e Mhiri
O'Neill's War March (V3)
Ossian's Hall

Our Ain Bonnie Laddie
Owen Roe O'Neill (V3)

Paddy Carey
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh
Piper Alpha (V2)
Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis (VI)
Pipe Major James Sutherland
Pipe Major J.K. Cairns (V3)
Pipe Major William Ross' Farewell
   to the Scots Guard (VI)

Raasay House (VI)
Red Hugh (V3)
Robin Adair (VI)
Rocky Road to Dublin (V2)
Rory O'More (V3)
Ross' Farewell to Pangnirtung (V2)

Rutherglen Bridge

Salute to the Royal Fendersmith (V2)
Sciehallion (VI)
Scotland the Brave (VI)
Scots Wha Hae (VI)
Semper Paratus (Always Prepared) (VI)
Shoals of Herring (V2)
Sir Hector Munro's Reel

Soraidh Leis An Ait (Farewell to the Place) (V3)
Sprig of Shillelagh (V3)
Star of the County Down (V2)
Stornoway Bay (VI)

Suo Gn (VI)
Sunset on the Somme

Taps (V3)
Teddy O'Neill
Teribus (VI)
Tha Mi Sgith (Cutting Bracken) (V3)
The 7th H.L.I's Farewell to Dunfermline
The 8th Argyll's Crossing the River Po (V2)
The 8th Argyll's Polka
The 25th KOSB's Farewell to Meerut (V3)
The 72nd Highlanders
The 72nd Highlander's Farewell to Aberdeen (VI)
The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar (V3)
The 87th's Colours (V3)
The 89th at Leros
The Army Goes Rolling Along (VI)
The Ash Grove (VI)
The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering (V3)
The Balmoral Highlanders (V3)
The Banks of Allan Water (V2)
The Banshee
The Bard of Armagh (V2)
The Barren Rocks of Aden (VI)
The Battle of Aughrim (V2)
The Bells of Dunblane (V2)
The Birth of Lord Reay's Daughter
The Black Bear (VI)
The Boatman of Pitnacree
The Bob o' Fettercairn
The Bold Fenian Men (V2)
The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie (V2)
The Bool Road Rattler
The Boys' Brigade
The Boys of the Old Brigade (V2)
The Boys of Malin (V2)
The Boys of Wexford (VI)
The Braes of Mellinish
The Caledonian Society of London (V3)
The Cameron Highlanders
The Campbell's are Coming
The Canadian Irish
The Caubeen Trimmed with Blue (V3)
The Cave of Gold (Uamh An Oir)
The Circassian Circle (V3)
The Clett of Thurso
The Coolins
The Cruel Mother (V3)
The Dark Island (V3)
The Dawning of the Day (
Finne Gael an Lae) (V3)
The Dolls' Levee
The Drunken Piper (Far am bi mi fhn) (V3)
The Duchess of Montrose
The Duchess of Sutherland's Jig (Binn-Die Chraobh)
The Dusty Road from Mutra (V3)
The Earl of Caithness
The Earl of Mansfield (VI)
The Eight Men of Moidart (VI)
The Fair Maid of Bara (V2)
The Fairy Knoll at Pennan
The Famous Ballymote (V2)
The Flutes of Inverallochy
The Flying Tea-Room of Glendaruel
The Foggy Dew (VI)
The Gallowglass (V2)
The Gap of Dunloe (V2)
The Garb of Old Gaul (VI)
The Glendaruel Highlanders (VI)
The Gordon Highlanders (V2)
The Green Glens of Antrim (V2)
The Green Hills of Tyroll (VI)
The Gypsy's Warning
The Heights of Dargai (VI)
The Heroes of Kohima (V2)
The Heroes of Ortona (VI)
The Heroes of Vitoria (VI)
The High Road to Linton
The Hills of Bara (V3)
The Hills of Moffat
The Hillswick Wedding
The Inniskilling Dragoon
The Irish Washerwoman
The Ivy Leaf
The Kinnegad Slashers
The Lewis and Harris Gathering
The Little Beggarman (VI)
The Lovat Scouts
The MacLeans of Roag
The Maid of Eddrachillis
The Maple Leaf Forever (V2)
The Marine's Hym (VI)
The Massacre of Glencoe (V2)
The Meeting of the Waters
The Men of Argyll
The Mingulay Boat Song (VI)
The Minstrel Boy (VI)
The Mist Covered Mountains (V2)
The Mountains of Iveragh (V2)
The Mountains of Mourne (V2)
The Mountains of Pomeroy
The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre (V2)
The Mull of Kintyre (V2)
The Old Rustic Bridge (VI)
The Ord of Caithness
The Pap of Glencoe (V2)
The Paps of Jura (V2)
The Parting Glass (V3)
The Pikeman's March (V2)
The Piper's Cave (V3)
The Piper's Maggot
The Rakes of Kildare (VI)
The Rakes of Mallow (VI)
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (V2)
The Rose of Arranmore (V2)
The Rose of Tralee (V3)
The Rowan Tree (VI)
The Royal Scots Polka (V3)
The Saffron Kilt (V2)
The Shamrock Leaves (V3)
The Siege of Delhi (VI)
The Skye Boat Song (VI)
The Smith of Killiechassie
The Snowy Breasted Pearl
The South Down Militia (V3)
The Stirlingshire Militia
The Stool of Repentance (V2)
The Sweet Maid of Mull
The Taking of Beaumont-Hamel (V2)
The Thistle of Scotland (V2)
The Town of Ballybay (V2)
The Trip to Sligo (V2)
The U.S. Air Force (VI)
The War March of
the Clan Suibhne of Fanad
The Wearing of the Green (VI)
The White Cockade (V3)
The Widow's Rant
The Wild Rover (V2)
Thornbury Cottage (V2)

Tir Nam Beann (Land of the Hills)
Top o' Cork Road (V3)
Tullichewen Castle

Waltzing Matilda (V2)
We're No' Awa' Tae Bide Awa (V2)
When the Battle is Over (VI)
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (V3)
Will Ye no Come Back Again (V2)

With Wellesley's Rifles at Keren (VI)

Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon (V3)
Yester House
Youghal Harbor (V3)