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WANTONESS FOR EVER MORE. Scottish, Country Dance Tune. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune appears in Kirkmichael, Perthshire, fiddler Robert Petrie’s first collection, and in Glasgow publisher James Aird's third collection (1788) with the parts reversed. Robert Burns wrote verses to the tune for the Scots Musical Museum [1], that Stenhouse says he found in Aird's collection (although he thinks little of Burns's lyric).

Wantonness for ever mair,
Wantonness has been my ruin;
Yet, for a' my dool and care,
Its wantonness for ever.
I hae lo'ed the Black, the Brown;
I hae lo'ed the Fair, the Gowden:
A' the colours in the town
I hae won their wanton fever.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Petrie (Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances), 1790; p. 10. Thomson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 5), 1797; No. 422, p. 435.

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