(Preceded by an instrumental: Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife)
Performed by Bill Adair
‘My Luve’s like a Red, Red Rose’ is one of Burns’s most well-known and internationally famous love songs. It first appeared in a collection by the composer Pietro Urbani (1749 – 1816) in 1794, and was later published in James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (1766), followed by George Thomson’s Select Collection of Scottish Airs (1799). The song uses powerful, natural imagery to convey notions of everlasting love, capable of surviving both distance and time.