Dainty Davie
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Barry Taylor


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The best known words and music to Dainty Davie are by Robert Burns. They appear in his collection of bawdy tunes, Merry Muses of Caledonia.

According to Burns the words were based on a true incident that occurred during the time of the Covenanters. Pursued by dragoons, Rev. Mr. David Williamson (died 1706), took refuge in the home of Lady Cherrytree, who hid him by putting him in bed beside her daughter. Her daughter subsequently became pregnant. The Mudcat Cafe discussion says they were later married.

This tune is also the melody for Rantin' Rovin' Robin (Version 2).

For a full list of Burns tunes at this site, enter Robert Burns in the search engine.

It was in and through the window broads
And a' the tirlie wirlies o't
The sweetest kiss that e'er I got
Was from my Dainty Davie.
Oh, leeze me on your curly pow
Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie
Leeze me on your curly pow
My ain dear Dainty Davie.


It was doon amang my Daddy's pease
And underneath the cherry trees
Oh, there he kissed me as he pleased
For he was my ain dear Davie.
Oh, leeze me on your curly pow
Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie
Leeze me on your curly pow
My ain dear Dainty Davie.


When he was chased by a dragoon
Into my bed he was laid doon
I thought him worthy o' his room
For he's my Dainty Davie.
Oh, leeze me on your curly pow
Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie
Leeze me on your curly pow
My ain dear Dainty Davie.


Oh, leeze me on your curly pow
Dainty Davie, Dainty Davie
Leeze me on your curly pow
My ain dear Dainty Davie.

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