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Subject: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 07:25 AM

Jean Armour's birthday is 25 Feb. To somewhat compensate for our celebrating the "immortal memory" of her philandering husband, Rabbie Burns, some people now also have a commemoration for Jean. A number of Burns songs and poems were addressed to or inspired by Jean, but I am wondering if there is any such by other writers. At least one biography and two novels have been published about Jean Armour in the past 30 years, so I'm thinking she may feature in one or more modern songs. All my web searches bring me back to Burns however.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 09:36 PM

Burns was a poet of high reputation, which is why he is commemorated.. and possibly why your web searches bring you back to him


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: GUEST,Felipa
Date: 25 Feb 24 - 03:30 PM

today is the anniversary of Jean Armour's birth and I still haven't found any new songs about her, or any songs written for or about her other than those by Robbie Burns


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: GUEST,Julia L
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 11:42 PM

This is kind of a tribute to Jean which I concocted for a Burns supper for the traditional toast Tae the Lassies

TAE THE LASSES by Julia Lane
from A MAN’S A MAN Robert Burns 1795
                                                                                                                                                      
Ye a’ hae heard o’ Rabbie Burns
His mony loves an' a' that?
He courted ane and twa by turns
Despite the kirk a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Repentance stool, an' a' that,
The lass who was most near at hand,
Was sonsie game for a' that.

What though on hamely fare they dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that?
Or dressed in silks, or quaffin’ wine --
A lass is a lass for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that,
The buxom quean, tho' e'er sae poor,
Could fill the bill for a' that.

So wherefore did he lose his hairt
Tae bonny Jean, for a' that?
Tho' hundreds worshiped at his word,
She spoke her min’ for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
His poetry, an' a' that,
A lass o' independent mind,
She looked an' laughed at a' that.

So lassies list tae what I say
When romance strikes for a' that
Let Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth
Trump poesie an' a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Be well assured for a' that,
That honest men the world o'er
Are worth the trial for a' that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Feb 24 - 01:18 AM

There's a very nice statue of Jean Armour in Dumfries
https://scotlandstartshere.com/point-of-interest/jean-armour-statue/

I got the impression that Jean Armour is highly regarded in the lovely town of Dumfries. They even have an Annual Jean Armour Dinner.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: any new songs re Jean Armour Burns
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 29 Feb 24 - 02:48 AM

GUEST,Julia L, thank ye for thae muckle braw verses.


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