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Thread #81615   Message #3804575
Posted By: Lighter
11-Aug-16 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Coming Through The Rye
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Burns 'Coming Thro The Rye' (Non-vulgar)
Anne Neilson's text above is the standard version by Burns.

Assertions the song existed in earlier versions appear to lack evidence. Burns may have written the bawdy version as well.

By way of comparison, the "Killiecrankie" thread shows that the belief that Burns merely revised a traditional song of that name is not correct. He wrote all but a few words, and James Hogg apparently added another stanza or two.