Sheet Music: Westering Home

TitleWestering Home
ComposerHugh Stevenson Roberton (1874–1952)
Also attributed toTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeF#4–A5
Time signature3/4
Tempo52 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-06-30
Last updated2018-06-30
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Celtic Music, Marches, Traditional/Folk, Waltzes

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Saturday 30 June 2018

Tune of the Day: Westering Home

Traditional Scottish song

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!