Beautiful Road Bridge of the Silvery Tay!
Alas I am very sorry to say
The Royal Arch and the Empress Ballroom they
And indeed the beloved Fifies have been taken away,
The likes of the Abercraig and the BL Nairn
Both of which conveyed many a bairn
With their families across the river to Newport,
Where they might oft times enjoy picnics and sport
Before this August day of nineteen sixty-six
Which some say should be forgotten if I may be prolix.
‘Twas about two in the afternoon oh what a sight!
When the forces of Progress blew with all their might
On Dundee’s Waterfront of ancient renown
And Very Important Persons came pouring into the town.
Though the Lord Provost was not present,
As crowds came round from Whitehall Crescent
And the Demon of Progress did say
I’ll put a Road Bridge across the Tay!
And the final Fifie sailed to the ancient Kingdom of Fife,
Bringing to an end famous ferries with a long long life.
From whence time dignitaries with their finery that they did don
And motor cars and omnibuses sped on
With all their might and beautiful Fife soon hove in sight
And the people’s hearts felt light despite the Fifies’ plight.
For they had been sad to see Queen Victoria’s Royal Arch go
And indeed the Empress Ballroom where met many a jo.
I must now conclude my lay telling the world fearlessly without dismay
That the Road Bridge was built in the wrong place on the Tay!
Further East it should have been many sensible men confesses
And thus Dundee would have kept the Royal Arch are their guesses!