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What Does ‘Havering’ Mean?

“If I haver, well I know I’m gonna be — I’m gonna be the man who’s haverin’ to you.”

It’s only the 9,000th time I’ve heard this perfect song, but for whatever reason today was the day I looked it up. (Apologies to everyone who already knows.) Per Wikipedia:

In Scottish English, haver (from the Scots havers (oats)) means “to maunder; to talk foolishly; to chatter,” as heard in the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

This song rules so much. It came on the other day while my daughter and I were goofing around — sorry, while we were havering (?) — and it was such a joy to watch her get into it.

Discussion  8 comments

Nicole Handy

Truly a perfect song! :) It’s been on repeat regularly for about 3/4 of my life - starting with a cassette. I had never looked up havering before either and now wondering how I could have gone this long without knowing… thanks for your curiosity!

Don Roszel

Very entertaining. Thanks for posting it. Made my day

Leon Barnard

I’m not usually that guy, but I remember being really taken with this cover of it from The Voice a few years back. I feel like the soberness matches the lyrics.

Clay Harris

I just got back from a trip to scotland with my two daughters (9 and 11) - we took a bus tour to the highlands and this song was a highlight of the trip. The tour guide plyed it a couple times and the entire bus joined in, and naturally did a front of the bus / back of the bus split of the call and response-y parts. Perfect fun.

Eamon Daly

I host karaoke professionally and sometimes I reward people who know what havering is with swag

Sara Goldsmith

If you have not seen We Are Ladyparts, first, it is great and you should! And second, there is a scene in the first episode set to that song, and it is a pure joy.

John R Burnett

I used to be convinced that they were saying *something* during the "da-da dum daa" part.

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