Contains some scenes of a sexual nature

Wha the Deil can hinder the wind to blaw?

It fell about the blythe new-year, When days are short and nights are lang, Ae bonie night, the starns were clear, An' frost beneath my fit-stead rang; I heard a carlin cry, "relief!" Atweesh her trams a birkie lay; But he wan a quarter in her beef, For a' the jirts the carlin gae. She heav'd to; and he strak frae, As he wad nail'd the carlin thro'; An' ilka fart the carlin gae, It wad hae fill'd a pockie fou; Temper your tail, the young man cried, Temper your tail by Venus' Law! Double your dunts, the dame replied, Wha the deil can hinder the wind to blaw?


Simon Donald

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in and is read here by Simon Donald.

More about this song

'Wha the Deil Can Hinder the Wind to Blaw' first appeared in the collection of bawdy song The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799). It is an expurgated version of the old bawdy song 'Cumnock Psalms' which Burns collected and sent to George Thomson (editor of the Select Collection of Scottish Airs) in September 1794. 'Cumnock Psalms' also appears in The Merry Muses but with the alternative title As I looked o'er yon castle wa'.

Pauline Mackay

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