The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

LibriVox volunteers bring you nine different readings of The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay, by William McGonagall, to celebrate April Fool's Day. Scottish poet William McGonagall is widely considered to be one of the worst poets of the English language. He wrote this poem in honor of The Tay Rail Bridge which was opened in 1878 and which subsequently collapsed a year later, causing the death of 75 train passengers, and inspiring McGonagall to write yet famously bad poem entitled The Tay Bridge Disaster. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of March 26, 2006.
(Summary by Annie Coleman) (0 hr 26 min)


Version 1 3:05 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Version 2 2:41 Read by Brett Shand
Version 3 2:40 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Version 4 3:46 Read by Fox in the Stars
Version 5 2:24 Read by Martin Clifton
Version 6 3:08 Read by Marlo Dianne
Version 7 2:51 Read by Mark F. Smith
Version 8 2:41 Read by Peter Eastman
Version 9 3:08 Read by Stephan Möbius