by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

O for ane and twenty, Tam!
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Chorus
An' O, for ane and twenty, Tam!
  An' hey, sweet ane and twenty Tam!
I'll learn my kin a rattlin sang,
  An I saw ane and twenty, Tam.

They snool me sair, and haud me down,
  And gar me look like bluntie, Tam;
But three short years will soon wheel roun',
  And then comes ane and twenty, Tam.
An' O, for ane and twenty Tam!...

A gleib o' lan', a claut o' gear,
  Was left me by my auntie, Tam;
At kith or kin I need na spier,
  An I saw ane and twenty, Tam.
An' O, for ane and twenty Tam!...

They'll hae me wed a wealthy coof,
  Tho' I mysel hae plenty, Tam;
But hearst thou, laddie, there 's my loof,
  I'm thine at ane and twenty, Tam!
An' O, for ane and twenty Tam!...

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 239.

Tune: The Moudiewort

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Jen co mi přejde dvacet let"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Oh, vingt et un, Tam !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 138