Tho' Women's Minds
Downlaod Midi
Lesley Nelson-Burns


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According to The Robert Burns Songbook the tune was based on Lady Macintosh's Reel, from Bremner's Reels (1759). This song was published in Scots Musical Museum (Third volume, 1790). Burns had previously used the melody for I am a Bard of no regard which was in his "Love and Liberty." Burns later used the tune for Is There Honest Poverty, better known as A Man's A Man For A' That.

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Tho' women's minds like winter winds,
May shift, and turn, an' a' that,
The noblest breast adores them maist,
A consequence I draw that.
For a' that, an a' that,
And twice as mickle as a' that,
The bonny lass that I lo'e best,
She'll be my ain for a' that.


Great love I bear to a' the Fair,
Their humble slave an' a' that;
But lordly Will, I hold it still
A mortal sin to thraw that?
For a' that, an a' that,
And twice as mickle as a' that,
The bonny lass that I lo'e best,
She'll be my ain for a' that.


But there is ane aboon the lave,
Has wit, and sense, an a' that;
A bonny lass I like her best,
And wha a crime dare ca' that?
For a' that, an a' that,
And twice as mickle as a' that,
The bonny lass that I lo'e best,
She'll be my ain for a' that.


In rapture sweet this hour we meet,
Wi mutual love an' a' that,
But for how lang the flie may stang,
Let inclination law that.
For a' that, an a' that,
And twice as mickle as a' that,
The bonny lass that I lo'e best,
She'll be my ain for a' that.


Their tricks an' craft hae put me daft,
The've taen me in an' a' that,
But clear your decks, and here's, The Sex!
I like the jads for a' that!
For a' that, an a' that,
And twice as mickle as a' that,
The bonny lass that I lo'e best,
She'll be my ain for a' that.


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From Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
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The Robert Burns Songbook, Vol. I
See Bibliography for full information.