Ay waukin, o
performance time approx 2m 40s
Range S: d' – e'' / A: b – g' / T: e – d' / B: G – f#
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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
Waukin still and wearie;
Sleep I can get nane
For thinkin on my dearie.Verses
Simmer's a pleasant time,
Flowers of ev'ry colour;
The water rins o'er the heugh
[runs over the bank]
And I long for my true lover.
When I sleep I dream,
When I wauk I'm irie;
Sleep I can get nane
For thinking on my dearie.
Lanely night comes on,
A' the lave are sleepin;
[all the others]
I think on my bonny lad
And I bleer my een wi' greetin.
[I blear my eyes with weeping]
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