What’s Important

There’s something about Burns Night. Whether I’ve been to a proper Burns Supper or not I still spend a good portion of the day reading poetry, singing songs, toasting, and spending whatever pennies I have in my pockets. There’s something in the celebration whether grand or not that reminds me of what’s important, and after a long stretch of unemployment that reminder can be helpful. There’s so much to do, so much that must be attended, so much that is needful. Hey, ca’ thro’, ca’ thro’, / For we hae mickle ado!

Hey, Ca’ Thro’ sung by Andy M. Stewart

Up wi’ the carls o’ Dysart,
And the lads o’ Buckhaven,
And the kimmers o’ Largo,
And the lasses o’ Leven.

Chorus.-Hey, ca’ thro’, ca’ thro’,
For we hae muckle ado.
Hey, ca’ thro’, ca’ thro’,
For we hae muckle ado;

We hae tales to tell,
An’ we hae sangs to sing;
We hae pennies tae spend,
An’ we hae pints to bring.
Hey, ca’ thro’, &c.

We’ll live a’ our days,
And them that comes behin’,
Let them do the like,
An’ spend the gear they win.
Hey, ca’ thro’, &c.

Here’s another version that I suspect has a more traditional melody:
Hey Ca’ Thro’ sung by Ewan MacCall

Kaufman and Hart cover some of the same ground in the play You Can’t Take It With You. In the opening to the movie the idea of being a lily comes up. Just as in the Gospel:

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lillies of the field, how they grow: they toile not, neither doe they spinne. 29 And yet I say vnto you, that euen Solomon in all his glory, was not arayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grasse of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the ouen: shall he not much more clothe you, O yee of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eate? or, what shall we drinke? or wherewithall shall wee be clothed? 32 (For after all these things doe the Gentiles seeke:) for your heauenly father knoweth that ye haue neede of all these things. 33 But seeke ye first the kingdome of God, and his righteousnesse, and all these things shalbe added vnto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of it selfe: sufficient vnto the day is the euill thereof.

Here are just a couple more from Robert Burns:

We’re a Noddin’ sung by Betty Sanders

The Deil’s Awa Wi’ Th’ Exciseman sung by Ewan MacCall

Auld Lang Syne sung by Jo Stafford


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