Ay Waukin O


Simmer's a pleasant time, Flowers of every colour; The water rins o'er the heugh, And I long for my true lover! Ay waukin, Oh, Waukin still and weary: Sleep I can get nane, For thinking on my Dearie. When I sleep I dream, When I wauk I'm irie; Sleep can I get nane For thinking on my Dearie. Ay waukin, Oh, Waukin still and weary: Sleep I can get nane, For thinking on my Dearie. Lanely night comes on, A' the lave are sleepin: I think on my bonie lad, And I bleer my een wi' greetin. Ay waukin, Oh, Waukin still and weary: Sleep I can get nane, For thinking on my Dearie.

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Juliet Cadzow
Lorraine McIntosh

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1790 and is read here by Juliet Cadzow.

More about this song

Like Awa Whigs Awa, this song was based on a fragment contained in the Herd MSS.

The version written by Burns differs from the original in that he extends the reference to the singer’s situation and character, while at the same time deepening the melacholy.

Burns sent the manuscript of it to a Miss Craig, most likely a relative of Clarinda (Agnes McLehose).

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

love nature unhappiness

Selected for 03 July

In this beautiful, simple and touching song the bounty and abundance of summer contrast poignantly with the unrequited yearnings of a young woman kept from sleep by longing. This is one of Burns’s tenderest love lyrics again written from a woman’s point of view, something at which the poet excelled.

Donny O'Rourke

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