Banks O' Doon
Written by Reely | Thursday, 10 June 2010 19:03
I remember my first acquaintance with reading Robert Burns' poetry, young as I was. The first thing I found out was that unbeknownst to me, I was already acquainted with his works through music because everyone sang Auld Lang Syne every year. I also already knew the song Coming Through the Rye and I did like Scottish folk songs like Loch Lomond (still do but now I know a lot more). Reading his poetry was a little harder but I persevered and came to understand and appreciate the dialect. I never heard anyone recite Burns' poetry till I was older.
I imagine with today's resources it must be a lot easier for students to find an audio of any given Burns work. Youtube has a lot.
Here is one of many videos on youtube featuring The Banks of Doon, along with the lyrics. So sad but so beautiful.
Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon
Aft hae I rov'd by bonnie Doon
Here is a link to the poem version of The Banks O' Doon by Robert Burns in which there was a time at least when the false lover was true.