My Wife's a wanton wee thing


My wife's a wanton, wee thing, My wife's a wanton, wee thing, My wife's a wanton, wee thing, She winna be guided by me. She play'd the loon or she was married, She play'd the loon or she was married, She play'd the loon or she was married, She'll do it again or she die. She sell'd her coat and she drank it, She sell'd her coat and she drank it, She row'd hersell in a blanket, She winna be guided for me. She mind't na when I forbade her, She mind't na when I forbade her, I took a rung and I claw'd her, And a braw gude bairn was she.

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Denis Lawson

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1790 and is read here by Denis Lawson.

More about this song

'My Wife's a wanton wee thing' first appeared in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum in 1790. It was also published in the collection of bawdy song, The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799).

While the first two stanzas are based on an old folk song, the remaining verses, the bawdiest of all, have been attributed to Burns. Here a man sings of his unruly wife.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

woman drink marriage seduction man

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