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Put Butter In My Donald's Brose

Put butter in my Donald's brose, For weel dis Donald fa' that; I loe my Donald's tartans weel His naked erse an a' that. For a' that, an a' that, An twice as meikle's a' that, The lassie gat a skelpit doup, But wan the day for a' that. For Donald swore a solemn aith, By his first hairy gravat! That he wad fecht the battle there, An stick the lass, an a' that. His hairy ballocks, side an wide, Hang like a beggar's wallet; A pentle like a roarin-pin, She nichered when she saw that!!! Then she turned up her hairy cunt, An she bade Donald claw that; The deevil's dizzen Donald drew, An Donald gied her a' that. For a' that, an a' that, An twice as meikle's a' that, The lassie gat a skelpit doup, But wan the day for a' that.


Siobhan Redmond

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It is read here by Siobhan Redmond.

More about this song

The bawdy song 'Put Butter in my Donald's Brose' appears in The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799) under the title 'For a' that and a' that'.

The provenance of this song is uncertain, but some critics attribute it to Burns on the basis of the first two lines of the chorus: 'For a' that and a' that'/ As twice as meickle's a' that'. These lines also appear in Burns's famous version of 'For a' that and a' that', and in 'Love and Liberty, A Cantata'.

Burns makes reference to a version of 'For a' that', supposedly by someone other than himself, in a letter to George Thomson (the editor of Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs to which Burns was a contributor) dated August 1795.

In the letter, Burns claims to have heard that the author was a lady. However, it is apparent from Burn's correspondence that he often indulged his mischievous sense of humour when presenting bawdry to Thomson, and so it is very likely that this is entirely jocular.

In places, the song itself may be considered similar to other bawdy songs by Burns in that is presents both genders as carnal beings, recognises female sexual desire, and describes in detail both female and male genitalia.

This along with the skilful and energetic use of meter, language and alliteration might further support the conclusion that the song is Burns's own.

Pauline Gray

Themes for this song

sex bawdry

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