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Bonie Dundee

O Whar gat ye that hauver-meal bannock? O Silly blind body. O dinna ye see? I gat it frae a young, brisk sodger laddie, Between Saint Johnston and bonie Dundee. O gin I saw the laddie that gae me't! Aft has he doudl'd me up on his knee: May heav'n protect my bonie Scots laddie, And send him safe hame to his babie and me! My blessins upon they sweet, wee lippie! My blessins upon they bonie e'e brie! Thy smiles are sae like my blyth Sodger laddie, Thou's ay the dearer, and dearer to me! But I'll big a bow'r on yon bonie banks, Whare Tay rins wimplin by sae clear, And I'll cleed thee in the tartan sae fine, And mak thee a man like thy dadie dear.


Siobhan Redmond

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1787 and is read here by Siobhan Redmond.

More about this song

Burns wrote down the opening stanza of this ballad on the back of a letter dated 1st February 1787 from the Earl of Buchan.

There are several traditional variations of the song, but Burns's version is the only one to express the feelings of the woman involved. It is set to the tune, 'Adew Dundee'.

Ralph Richard McLean

Themes for this song

love seduction sex

Locations for this song

Perth Dundee

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