My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
R. Burns


O my love is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June:
O my love is like a melodie,
That's sweetly played in tune
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.

Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.

'Til all the seas gang dry my, my dear
And the rocks melt wi' the sun
And I will love thee still, my dear
While the sands o' life shall run
But fare thee weel, my only love
Oh, fare thee weel a while
And I will come again, my love
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile

Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile, my love
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile
And I will come again, my love
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile.

Midi sequenced by Barry Taylor

'Rough ore, thrown into the melting-pot of Robert Burns' genius, comes out as purest gold.'
A traditional tune with words by Robert Burns. The two main inspirations for this song seem to have been Burns' mother (according to his sister Mrs. Begg) and an earlier song by a Lieutenant Hinches. The first half of the first stanza is pure Burns and is based on an old Scots song his mother sang. The remainder is a revision and extension by Burns of Hinches' farewell to his sweetheart. Other sources claim that it is made up of three old ballads which Burns adapted and had published in James Johnson's "The Scots Musical Museum". Three tunes have been associated with the poem. First "Major Graham", then "Queen Mary's Lament" and now "Low Down in the Broom".

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