The Lass of Ecclefechan

Gat ye me, O gat ye me, O gat ye me wi' naethin, Rock an reel and spinnin wheel A mickle quarter bason. Bye attour, my Gutcher has A hich house and a laigh ane, A' for bye my bonnie sel, The toss of Ecclefechan. O had your tongue now Luckie Laing, O had your tongue and jauner; I held the gate till you I met, Syne I began to wander: I tint my whistle and my sang, I tint my peace and pleasure; But your green graff, now Luckie Laing, Wad airt me to my treasure.


Gerry Carruthers

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1795 and is read here by Gerry Carruthers.

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'The Lass of Ecclefechan' is Burns's polite adaptation of the traditional bawdy song O Gat Ye Me Wi' Naething which appears in The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799).

Burns significantly revised the first stanza in order that the song may be included in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum where it appeared in 1796. Burns frequently rewrote traditional bawdry for a 'polite' audience, most famously John Anderson My Jo.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

marriage regret

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