One of the musicians who runs a singing club in Canons' Gait, the pub in which Nigel Farage was locked after being mobbed by angry protesters in Edinburgh, has penned a ballad about the furore.

The lyrics, written by Steve Byrne, relate the news report in with the personality and style of traditional Scots song. Called "Lament on the predicament of the Member of the European Parliament for South East England" after a brief introduction, the action begins.

"So he stuck oot his hand and he tried fir a cab.
The driver took one look and then he took aff!
He said "Nae chance Nigel, I'll no tak yer far,
I've heard aa the pish that ye spout on the air!"

.. By this time the telly and meedja'd arrived
Oh whit wid he dae? How wid Nigel survive?
Auld Reike's famed polis cam up wi a plan
They'd tak him awa in the back o a van"

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The Lament in full

Nigel Farage and Ukip get their come-uppence in the final verses too. The song continues:

"For in Scotland we've aye been a civilised crew;
If ye look oot fir me, then I'll look oot fir you!
Dinna come tae Auld Reikie, a-spreadin yer muck,
Ye'll soon find the locals will get ye tae.... "

And as for Farage's accusations that the protesters themselves were racist? Byrne deals with that in the final stanza.

"Be ye English or Pole or Romanian or Jute
If ye bide here it's your hame, o that hae nae doot!
So think on auld Nigel and be shair taek tak note
next year when ye ging oot and cast yer Yes vote!"

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Picture courtesy of Political Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail Alan Roden

Byrne, whose traditional singing club at the Canons' Gait, is called The World's Room or SeĆ²mar an t-Saoghail, told the Huffington Post UK: "We had a regular club night scheduled for the Friday evening, so it seemed like an appropriate thing to do.

"Historically the area around the Canongate and the Netherbow on the Royal Mile is where the "Edinburgh Mob" would chastise public figures whether it be the Marquess of Queensberry in the 1700s, or Burke and Hare, so the Farage incident's continuation of that particular tradition wasn't lost on us!

"I found the episode to have a certain air of comedy around it, albeit with a serious message beneath, and the song reflects that. I was inspired in part by the tradition of folk like Hamish Henderson, Thurso Berwick, Johnny McEvoy and co, who were involved in writing protests songs in the 1950s and '60s surrounding various issues, such as the anti-Polaris campaign.

"The song itself uses an old tune known as "Villikins and his Dinah", used by Johnny McEvoy for his song "The Wee Magic Stane" about the capture of the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey in the 1950s.

"I've tried to follow the tongue-in-cheek mickey-taking tone of McEvoy's song, in a way to take a bit of the sting out of the overheated rhetoric that was being bandied about."

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    UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage talks with protesters in the Cannons Gait pub as he held a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage sits in the back of a taxi as a protestor blocks its path, following a press conference with journalists in the Cannons Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage talks with protesters in the Cannons Gait pub as he held a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckled him, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on EdinburghÕs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police as he exits a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage sits in a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police officers as he waits at the rear of the Cannons Gait pub as protestors blocked the path of the taxi that arrived to pick him up, following a press conference with journalists in the pub on Edinburghs Royal Mile just yards from the Scottish Parliament to promote his candidate Otto Inglis in the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is escorted by police as he exits a taxi as its path was blocked by protestersas he leaves the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is taken away in a police van after being heckled by protesters as he left the Cannons Gait pub during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) is escorted by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckle him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is placed in a police van by police officers as he leaves the Cannons Gait pub as protestors heckled him during his visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.

  • UKIP attempt to woo Scottish voters

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage drinks a pint of Edinburgh No3 Ale at the Cannons Gait pub during a visit to Edinburgh as part of a plan to build on electoral gains in England and start winning in Scotland.