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Thread #11200 Message #1269082
Posted By: GUEST,Boab
11-Sep-04 - 02:59 AM
Thread Name: Sweet Afton - which tune?
Subject: RE: Sweet Afton - which tune?
I was born, raised, lived and worked on Afton banks. The tune which is familiar to almost all of the New Cumnock folk is completely different from any which I have run across in any "ither airt". The tune we always used is more in the nature of a slow air. Sorry I cannot immediately supply a sample---I will try to arrange this for a future return to the subject. Also, in reference to the "other Afton" mentioned in the extract from the "Stewart of Stair" article---as far as I am aware, there is no other "Afton" in the known Burns experience other than the river which flows down Glen Afton to Nith. In the text of the second verse" How Lofty Sweet Afton thy neighbouring hills, Far marked by the courses of clear winding rills", the description of Afton Glen is completely "as is". By the roadside, 100 yards east of the Laight Farm mentioned in the article, you will find a cairn in a small park, with a view of the Afton water fifty yards below. This is the spot where Robert Burns is reputed to have composed Sweet Afton.