A barley mow is a stack (mow) of barley after harvest. Barley is a grain that featured in all aspects of early Scottish life. It was a dietary staple in the rocky Highlands where growing other crops was difficult. The grain was used for bread, beer and, of course, malt whisky. “The Barley Mow” has become a familiar drinking song sung while everyone empties their glasses. The verses of “The Barley Mow” wish good luck to various sizes of vessels of alcoholic beverages.
View the score for “The Barley Mow.”