Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

A Red Red Rose

Scottish Song By Robert Burns

A Red Red Rose (also known as Oh, My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, or simply Red, Red Rose) is a Scottish song written by Robert Burns in 1794 and it is sung to the tune called My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose.

This song is based on traditional sources and is often published as a poem.

The lyrics of the song are simple but effective. "My luve's like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June" describe a love that is both fresh and long lasting. David Daiches in his work describes Burns as "the greatest songwriter Britain has produced" for his work in refurbishing and improving traditional Scots songs including "Red, Red Rose" which he described as a "combination of tenderness and swagger."


Related Scottish Country Dances

The Red Red Rose

A Red Red Rose By Robert Burns

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in june;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune;

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry;

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.


A Red Red Rose Song Video

A Red Red Rose Song - Information Video
A Red Red Rose
A Red Red Rose, From Glen Collection Of Printed Music, Minstrelsy Of Scotland, Page 170


The Online Scots Dictionary Translate Scots To English.
Published in http://www.robertburns.org/works/425.shtml
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Red,_Red_Rose article on Wikisource.
Image copyright (cropped) https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/91380398 under this Creative Commons Licence 4.0.

Back to the top of this 'A Red Red Rose Song' page