An Address to a Haggis

So as you can probably tell from the title, we’ve gone a tad Scottish this week! Those of you with a knowledge of such things may have also gathered that our title refers to a poem by Robert (Rabbie) Burns.  As tomorrow (25th) is Burns Night we thought it only fitting to do a song that he wrote.

Burns Night celebrates the birthday of Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s most celebrated wordsmith.  Events generally consist of haggis, whiskey, bagpipes and every other Scottish wonder you can fit into one evening!

When we decided to go for a Burns poem we only ever had one song in mind. Becca heard Ca’ The Yowes on the BBC Folk Show and ran around the kitchen like a lunatic because they said ‘yowes’ and not ‘ewes’.  She has spent many an Easter break helping out with lambing in Cumbria and always feels very awkward trying to join in with the northern farming dialects with her perfect Queen’s English, so why not take it one step further and battle with a Scottish dialect song!

The version we have chosen to sing is Burns’ revised version of the poem which was written in 1794.  The original was written 5 years earlier and contained verses which were omitted from the second edition:

As I gaed down the water-side,
There I met my shepherd lad:
He row’d me sweetly in his plaid,
And he ca’d me his dearie.

Will ye gang down the water-side,
And see the waves sae sweetly glide
Beneath the hazels spreading wide,
The moon it shines fu’ clearly.

Ye sall get gowns and ribbons meet,
Cauf-leather shoon upon your feet,
And in my arms ye’se lie and sleep,
An’ ye sall be my dearie.

If ye’ll but stand to what ye’ve said,
I’se gang wi’ thee, my shepherd lad,
And ye may row me in your plaid,
And I sall be your dearie.

While waters wimple to the sea,
While day blinks in the lift sae hie,
Till clay-cauld death sall blin’ my e’e,
Ye sall be my dearie.

We really enjoyed putting this song together, and was actually one of the easiest for us to get to grips with, we performed it 2 days after first learning it and were amazed at how well it had stuck in our minds!

So happy Burns Night everyone, we hope you enjoy this tribute as much as we do 🙂



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