Tune of the Day: Westering Home
The song “Westering Home” was written by Scottish choirmaster and composer Hugh S. Roberton around 1921. Its tune, however, is believed to be a modified version of the traditional “The Mucking o' Geordie's Byre”.
Westering home, and a song in the air,
Light in the eye and it's goodbye to care.
Laughter o' love, and a welcoming there,
Isle of my heart, my own one.
Singer Vera Lynn recorded a song called “Travelling Home” that was similar enough to “Westering Home” to result in a 1960 lawsuit on behalf of Roberton's estate. During the trial several pipers testified that the tune was traditional and in circulation as “an old Highland air” at least by the beginning of the 20th century, but the question of antiquity has never been adequately determined.
Thanks to Simon for suggesting this tune!