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Song by Robert Burns: 'Ay Waukin O'

Introduction:
This song is based on an old one, but was expanded by Burns into this sad and deeply moving song. A copy of this manuscript was sent by Burns to Miss Craig, probably a relative of Mrs McLehose, known as Clarinda.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT310A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Song by Robert Burns 'Ay Waukin O'
Subject:
In his later years, Robert Burns was heavily involved with collecting Scottish songs for two publications - The Scots Musical Museum by James Johnson and A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the Voice by George Thomson. He added his own touch to many old songs and wrote new lyrics for old tunes. Many of these would not have survived today if Burns had not recorded them during his travels.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
When:
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
In his later years, Robert Burns was heavily involved with collecting Scottish songs for two publications - The Scots Musical Museum by James Johnson and A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs for the Voice by George Thomson. He added his own touch to many old songs and wrote new lyrics for old tunes. Many of these would not have survived today if Burns had not recorded them during his travels.
Description:
This is obviously not a final or 'good' version of the song, as the correction in the title and the crossing out of the writing shows. Other versions of the song have survived. It was first published in the The Scots Musical Museum in 1790. The song consists of three verses and a chorus and is described as slow.