Wantoness for Ever More

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X:1 T:Wantoness for ever mair M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 443, p. 172) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Edor F2 fe d2 (d/e/f)|{f}e2d2 TB4|d2 c>B A2d2|AFdB AFED| {g}f2 ed d2 (d/e/f)|{f}e2d2 TB3 d/e/|(fe)(dB) (dB)(AF)|TB4 E4:| |:E2FA B2B2|TB2A2 TB4|D2 EF A3B|AFdB AFED| E2 FA B2B2|TB2 A2 B3 d/e/|fedB dBAF|TB4 E4:|]

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.

Additional notes

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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