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Contains some scenes of a sexual nature

Johnie Blunt

There liv'd a man in yonder glen, And John Blunt was his name, O; He maks gude maut, and he brews gude ale, And he bears a wondrous fame, O. The wind blew in the hallan ae night, Fu' snell out o'er the moor, O; 'Rise up, rise up, auld Luckie,' he says, 'Rise up and bar the door, O.' They made a paction tween them twa, They made it firm and sure, O, Whae'er sud speak the foremost word, Should rise and bar the door, O. Three travellers that had tint their gate, As thro' the hills they foor, O, They airted by the line o' light Fu' straight to Johnie Blunt's door, O. They haurl'd auld Luckie out o' her bed, And laid her on the floor, O; But never a word auld Luckie wad say, For barrin o' the door, O. Ye've eaten my bread, ye hae druken my ale, 'And ye'll mak my auld wife a whore, O' Aha Johnie Blunt!ye hae spoke the first word, Get up and bar the door, O.


Juliet Cadzow

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1792 and is read here by Juliet Cadzow.

Themes for this song

marriage man woman

Selected for 23 September

John 'Tar' McAdam was an almost exact contemporary of Robert Burns and, like the Bard, hailed from Ayr. The 21st of September was his date of birth. Just as road works can occasionally be, we are a bit behind schedule with our tribute to a man who transformed the world's transport infrastructure. Sometimes a well travelled thoroughfare turns out to be the road to ruin... The eponymous protagonist of today's poem wishes these three road users had never beaten a path to his hastily bolted door.

Donny O'Rourke

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