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My girl she's airy

My girl she's airy, she's buxom and gay, Her breath is as sweet as the blossoms in May; A touch of her lips it ravishes quite. She's always good natur'd, good humor'd, and free; She dances, she glances, she smiles with a glee; Her eyes are the lightenings of joy and delight: Her slender neck, her handsome waist, Her hair well buckl'd, her stays well lac'd, Her taper white leg with an et, and a, c, For her a, b, e, d, and her c, u, n, t, And Oh! For the joys of a long winter night!!!


Gerry Carruthers

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1784 and is read here by Gerry Carruthers.

More about this song

'My Girl She's Airy' is thought to have been written in 1784 at the time of Burns's affair with Elizabeth Paton and is considered to be one of Burns's earliest productions of bawdy song.

The song begins with the distinctive air of romance and progresses to communicate an all-encompassing appreciation for the inspiring female. While the opening lines convey a tender and typically romantic appreciation of her feminine physical qualities, notions of physicality and sexuality build up gradually throughout the song.

The description becomes increasingly erotic and considerably more suggestive, reaching a climax in the final lines (where the song loses any sense of tact). Burns's very deliberate 'spelling' of the words explicitly associated with sex implies a humorous and ironic notion of attempted subtlety.

Equally, this might be considered an expression of the inability to deny or suppress carnal desire, and its eventual, inevitable triumph over attempted modesty.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

sex seduction woman

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