Ay waukin, o

always awake

Music: 17th c. anon. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Robert Burns (1759-1796)
performance time approx 2m 40s
Range S: d' – e'' / A: b – g' / T: e – d' / B: G – f#
Price code: B
Complexity: *

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This simple arrangement of Robert Burns' beautiful song of longing for an absent lover allows the words to come through without interference. As if to portray the growing exhaustion of the sleepless singer, the last chorus moves more slowly.

The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers, directed by the composer. It is on the album citrus and honey (RUBEECD002). There are some minor differences between the recorded and the published version.

Pronunciation guide included


Ay waukin,O,spacer[always awake]
Waukin still and wearie;
Sleep I can get nanespacer[none]
For thinkin on my dearie.

Simmer's a pleasant time, spacer[summer]
Flowers of ev'ry colour;
The water rins o'er the heughspacer[runs over the bank]
And I long for my true lover.

When I sleep I dream,
When I wauk I'm irie;spacer[apprehensive]
Sleep I can get nane
For thinking on my dearie.

Lanely night comes on,spacer[lonely]
A' the lave are sleepin;spacer[all the others]
I think on my bonny ladspacer[beautiful]
And I bleer my een wi' greetin.spacer[I blear my eyes with weeping]

Robert Burns

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