Ae Fond Kiss

Tonight is Rabbie Burns night here in Scotland. He was born on this day in 1759. There is of course the usual celebrations that take place on his birthday, these celebrations usually consist of haggis, neeps and tatties but i’m going for something more musical tonight. Burns is perhaps most famous for Auld Lang Syne but he also wrote a lot of other wondrous pieces. Among them is my favourite, “Ae Fond Kiss”. It’s an aching ode to a love that’s been lost. I remember studying the work of Burns at school and this was the one that really stood out to me.

The story goes as follows: in 1791 Burn’s one true love Agnes M’Lehose (or “Nancy” to her friends and in the song) decided to end the affair between herself and Robert Burns and make an attempt to save her marriage. She travelled to Jamaica in pursuit of her husband and “Ae Fond Kiss” is the love letter/song/poem that Burns wrote to her when she was on her travels.

So instead of the usual run of the mill celebrations i thought it”d be a nice idea to remember Robert Burns by looking at some more alternative Scottish love songs. None of this Proclaimers nonsense though or stereotypical “Och Aye The Noo” type novelty singers that we seem to have way to much of these days.  No, i’m talking about proper Scottish bands and proper songs of despair and lost love.

But first and as cheesy as it may seem….i need to show this, it’s Eddie Reader singing “Ae Fond Kiss”. (lyrics are below in two forms)

I know some people, well most people in fact, struggle to understand the Scottish dialect and accent and although the song isn’t perfomed here in a broad accent i thought it’d be a good idea to post the lyrics in a more straight forward sense as well as the old script above. I should also point out that Eddi Reader sings the songs in slightly different order from the original lyrics.

A fond kiss and then we sever
A farewell and then for ever.
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee

Who shall say that fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, No cheerful twinkle lights me,
Dark despair around benights me.

I’ll never blame my partial fancy,
Nothing could resist my Nancy.
For to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love for ever.

Had we never loved so kindly,
Had we never loved so blindly,
Had we never met or never parted,
We’d have never been so broken hearted.

Farewell my first and fairest
Farewell my best and dearest
Thine be like joy and treasure,
Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure

A fond kiss and then we sever
A farewell, alas, for ever
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.

A few more old Scottish songs (one from the 80’s and one from the 90’s) about heartbreak…

Arab Strap – Here We Go

Big Country – Come Back To Me

Enough of the oldies though, what does this generation of Scottish music bring us in terms of love that hurts?…….

“You Tear Us Apart With All The Things You Don’t Like”
MP3: Biffy Clyro – Mountains

“Are You Lonely Yet?
MP3: Idlewild – Love Steals Us From Loneliness

VIDEO: There Will Be Fireworks – Midfield Maestro

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One response to “Ae Fond Kiss

  1. Morgan

    This is a lovely post 🙂

    I absolutely adore Eddi Readers version of “Ae Fond Kiss”.

    I also like that song by There Will Be Fireworks, id never heard of them before. Are they a local band?

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