Young Jockey was the blythest lad

Young Jockey was the blythest lad In a' our town or here awa; Fu' blythe he whistled at the gaud, Fu' lightly danc'd he in the ha'. He roos'd my een sae bonie blue, He roos'd my waist sae genty sma; An ay my heart came to my mou, When ne'er a body heard or saw. My Jockey toils upon the plain Thro' wind and weet, thro' frost and snaw; And o'er the lee I leuk fu' fain When Jockey's owsen homeward ca'. An ay the night comes round again When in his arms he taks me a'; An ay he vows he'll be my ain As lang's he has a breath to draw.


Daniela Nardini

About this work

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

More about this song

The song 'Young Jockey was the blythest lad' first appeared in the Scots Musical Museum in 1790. Written from a female perspective, the song is a light-hearted depiction of female desire - a common theme of Burns's folk song.

As the poet's female character observes the object of her affection dancing ('Fu' lightly danc'd he in the ha') her own arousal is made clear ('An ay my heart came to my mou').

In the second stanza Burns's female character might be considered to assert ownership of her lover, 'my Jockey', and her desire is realized: 'When in his arms he takes me a';/ An ay he vows he'll be my ain'.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this song

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