The Merry Muses of Caledonia/My Wife's a Wanton Wee Thing

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The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns
My Wife's a Wanton Wee Thing

MY WIFE'S A WANTON WEE THING.

An old song which appears in Herd's Collection. Burns amended it in his lyric beginning, "She is a winsome wee thing."

My wife's a wanton wee thing,
My wife's a wanton wee thing,
My wife's a wanton wee thing,
 She winna be guided by me.
 
She play'd the loon or she was married,
She play'd the loon or she was married.
She play'd the loon or she was married.
 She'll do it again or she die.

She sell'd her coat and she drank it,
She sell'd her coat and she drank it;
She row'd hersel' in a blanket,
 She winna be guided by me.
 
She mindit na when I forbad her.
She mindit na when I forbad her,
I took a rung and I claw'd her,
 An' a braw good bairn was she.