Tibbie Dunbar


O wilt thou go wi' me, sweet Tibbie Dunbar; O wilt thou go wi' me, sweet Tibbie Dunbar: Wilt thou ride on a horse, or be drawn in a car, Or walk by my side, O sweet Tibbie Dunbar. I care na thy daddie, his lands and his money; I care na thy kin, sae high and sae lordly: But say thou wilt hae me for better for waur, And come in thy coatie, sweet Tibbie Dunbar.

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Phil McKee

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1789 and is read here by Phil McKee.

Themes for this song

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Selected for 24 April

Along with nine other songs, 'Tibbie Dunbar', was sent to the publisher, James Johnson on this day in 1789. The theme of a disapproving father, with, 'his lands and his money', features in several Burns poems. The penniless poet never forgot the withering contempt of Jean Armour's father who believed the father of her children to be beneath the daughter he had doted on. A Girvan fiddler, Johhny McGill, provided the tune, a lovely slow jig.

Donny O'Rourke

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