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harpmolly Origins: The Shepherd's Wife (Robert Burns?) (15) Origins: 'The Shepherd's Wife'...Robert Burns?? 12 May 11

Hi everyone,

I know it's been a bazillion years (almost literally ;)) since I've posted or been around the 'Cat much, but I'm trying to solidify something and you all are the best compendium of knowledge I can think of. I did a search for this topic and didn't find a thread about it, so here goes!

For years I've been singing a wonderful song called "The Shepherd's Wife" (this is NOT the "Shepherd's Wife Waltz" which seems to be much better known). I learned it from the awesome CD "Infinite Blue" by the Poozies. I am most definitely planning on including it in my debut CD, which I'll be recording in July and hopefully releasing September-ish (YAY!!).

Here's my question: I've seen the song reported as being written by Robert Burns (including on its listing in the Digitrad) and other places as "traditional". I've even seen it listed as a Burns reworking of a traditional song. I'd like to properly attribute it on the CD. Does anyone have any knowledge/insight about this? Part of me suspects that it might be a case of "any song written in Scots dialect being attributed to Burns as a matter of course". I suppose in the grand scheme of life it's not the most vital question, but I figured it was worth the effort to try and find out.



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