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2012 being a leap year, tradition suggests that women make use of the bonus day in the calendar to propose to the man of their
choice. Anyone seeking a little last minute encouragement before taking the nuptial initiative could do no better than to
follow the example of this lovely song of invitation and encouragement, written from a woman's point of view. Whatever his
failings as a man of his time, Burns could adopt a female persona with great insight and empathy and the voices he used were
often those of strong 'feisty' women. In the original song he revised and adapted, the speaker was a man. The role reversal
was therefore very deliberate. So open, honest and tenderly direct, the long-vowelled, frankly yearning words were set to
a sweet, swooping slow air worthy of them in every way. Simply sublime.