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Thread #2087   Message #7733
Posted By: Wolfgang Hell
30-Jun-97 - 08:59 AM
Thread Name: (A man' a man) For all that
Subject: RE: (A man' a man) For all that
O.K. Here they are:

FOR A' THAT AND A' THAT

(from a booklet from 1911; no information on tune given, but obviously the Burns tune is meant; Author named: John Stuart Blackie)

1. Is there for noble human kind wha droops an' doots an' a' that?
We'll pass him by, and what we find we'll bravely do for a' that.

Ch: For a' that and a' that, our ups and downs, and a' that,
Tho' seeds are slow in march to grow, we'll bide the june for a' that.

2. Some think a flood of ills is come to swamp the world and a' that;
'tis but a fly upon the thumb of Titan time for a' that.

Ch: For a' that and a' that, their fears and frets, and a' that,
though weeds may grow, with spade and hoe we'll root them out for a' that.

3. Some preach we're near the end of things, the crack o' doom, and a' that,
when constitution, state and kings will fall in smash and a' that.

Ch: For a' that and a' that, their dragons, beasts, and a' that;
wi' love o' God and love to man, we'll beat the de'il for a' that.

4. Then let us trust in manly wills, and honest hearts and a' that,
and love with sacred fire that fills heroic souls for a' that.

Ch: For a' that and a' that, their doubts and fears and a' that;
though Churches nod we'll trust in God, and live by faith for a' that.

FOR A' THAT AND A' THAT

(I do not know where from I copied this, but the following footnote made me wonder about priority: "Our national poet -Burns- appears to have used this old bothy song as a model for his 'A Man's a Man for a' That'")

1. Be gude to me as lang's I'm here, I'll maybe win awa' yet;
he's bonnie coming o'er the hills, that will tak' me frae ye a' yet.
For a' that and a' that, and thrice as muckle's a' that;
he's bonnie coming o'er the hills, that will tak' me frae ye a' yet.

2. He wears a bonnet for a hat, a napkin for a gravat,
he wears a jacket for a coat, but he'll be mine for a' that.
For a' that and a' that, and twice as muckle's a' that;
he's coming here and will be here to tak' me frae ye a' yet.

3. And maybe I'll hae hose and sheen, when ye maun a' gang barefit;
and maybe I'll gang neat and clean, when ye gang wet and drablit,
For a' that and a' that, and thrice as muckle's a' that;
ye'll maybe sit in my cot-town, when I sit in my ha' yet.

4. There's nane o' you been gude to me, but I'll reward ye a' yet,
you'll maybe need a peck o' meal when I can gie ye twa yet;
For a' that and a' that, and thrice as muckle's a' that,
I'll hae fine kilns, and fine meal mills, and muckle mair than a' that.

So, is this the first For A' That? Wolfgang