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I look to the North

Out over the Forth, I look to the North, But what is the North and its Highlands to me; The South, nor the East, gie ease to my breast, The far foreign land, or the wide rolling sea: But I look to the West, when I gae to rest, That happy my dreams and my slumbers may be; For far in the West lives he I lo'e best, The man that is dear to my babie and me.


Daniela Nardini

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1796 and is read here by Daniela Nardini.

More about this song

The song, 'I look to the North' first appeared in the Scots Musical Museum in 1796, although evidence from Burns's correspondence would suggest that it was written prior to 1791.

Here Burns adopts a female voice (a common feature of Burns's folk song) as his female character conveys a longing for the west of Scotland, and for the absent father of her child.

We might consider that this song was inspired by Burns's own longing for his native Ayrshire during his time spent in Edinburgh.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

man love

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