Jockey's ta'en the parting Kiss
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JOCKEY'S TA'EN THE PARTING KISS. AKA and see "Bonnie Lassie Take a Man." Scottish, Air (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Jockey's ta'en the parting kiss" is the name of a song written in 1795 by Ayrshire poet Robert Burns, who sent it to James Johnson for inclusion in the Scots Musical Museum, vol. VI (Song 570, p. 589). Burns was silent about the origins of the melody and lyric, however, the air (albeit modified somewhat) is "Bonny Lassie tak a man" which was a vehicle for a song in Michell's ballad opera Highland Fair (1731). The first stanza goes:
Jockey's ta'en the parting kiss,
O'er the mountains he is gane;
And with him is a' my bliss,
Nought but griefs with me remain.
Spare my luve, ye winds that blaw,
Plashy sleets and beating rain!
Spare my luve, thou feathery snaw,
Drifting o'er the frozen plain.