Queen of All Argyle

From Wayne's Dusty Box of Words


  • Andy M. Stewart first recorded this song with "Silly Wizard" on the album Kiss the Tears Away. It also appears on The Best of  Silly Wizard and Live Wizardry.
  • It has been recorded many times by many different artists since he wrote it in the mid-80s. 
  • In concert, Andy describes this as a "typical Scottish love song" --  it involves an unobtainable woman and strong drink.
  • In the chorus, sometimes the word "morning" is used rather than "marvel" ... in her smile.

Gentlemen it is me duty
To inform you of one beauty
Though I'd ask of you a favour
Not to seek her for a while
Though I own she is a creature
Of character and feature
No words can paint the picture
Of the queen of all Argyll

       And if you could have seen her there
       Boys, if you had just been there
       The swan was in her movements
       And the marvel in her smile
       All the roses in the garden
       They bow and ask her pardon
       For not one could match the beauty
       Of the Queen of all Argyll

On the evening that I mentioned
I passed with light intention
Through a part of our dear country
Known for beauty and for style
In the place of noble thinkers
Of scholars and great drinkers
But above them all for splendour
Shone the Queen of all Argyll


So my lads I needs must leave you
My intentions no' to grieve you
Nor indeed would I deceive you
Oh I'll see you in a while
I must find some way to gain her
To court her and attain her
I fear my heart's in danger
From the Queen of all Argyll

CHORUS (twice)

Guitar chords
Dm Am
Dm Dm
Em G
Dm Am
Dm C
Am Em Am

Dm Em
Am Dm
Am Em G
Dm Em
Am C
Am Em Am