Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Traditional song
First published in 1837
Words by the Scottish poet Robert Burns

First verse:
Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

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”Flow Gently, Sweet Afton” is a traditional song based on the poem ”Sweet Afton” written in 1791 by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is also famous for written ”Auld Lang Syne”.

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Tips on how to learn this song

The song is based on a common structure with 32 bars (the first pick-up bar excluded). Notice the AABA structure of these 32 bars: the first, the second and fourth parts are similar with the third as deviating.

The melody is only involving the three thinnest strings, which makes it rather easy to play and to memorize.

Lyrics

Flow Gently, Sweet AftonVerse 1:
Flow gently, sweet Afton! amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Verse 2:
Thou stockdove whose echo resounds thro' the glen,
Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,
Thou green-crested lapwing thy screaming forbear,
I charge you, disturb not my slumbering Fair.

Verse 2:
How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,
Far mark'd with the courses of clear, winding rills;
There daily I wander as noon rises high,
My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.

Verse 3:
How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,
Where, wild in the woodlands, the primroses blow;
There oft, as mild Ev'ning weeps over the lea,
The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.

Verse 4:
Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,
And winds by the cot where my Mary resides;
How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,
As, gathering sweet flowerets, she stems thy clear wave.

Verse 5:
Flow gently, sweet Afton, amang thy green braes,
Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays;
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

Poetic and archaic words:
thy = your

braes = an upland area
yon = that
ye = you

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The (tab) version of Flow Gently, Sweet Afton is played in the key of C.

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Time signature

The song is played in 3/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).

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Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 90 for the presented version.