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I HAD A HORSE I HAD NAE MAIR (I had a horse, I had no more). Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Davie): AABB (O'Farrell). The title is an obvious and old pun. Poet Robert Burns directed that his songs "Composed in August"...

Now westlin winds and slaught’ring guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:

and "The Mauchline Lady" (1784)...

When first I came to Stewart Kyle,
My mind it was na steady:
Where'er I gaed, where'er I rade,
A mistress still I had ay.

be set to this air.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Davie (Davie’s Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 17. O’Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. III), c. 1808; p. 8.

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