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Tam Samson's elegy
Tam Samson, the dedicatee and subject of today's poem was a mason in the Kilmarnock Lodge' of which Burns was an honorary member. Burns's good friend and drinking companion was a 'seeds-man' and the family firm continued to run its nursery well into the second half of the twentieth century. Out shooting wild fowl with the poet, Samson had expressed a desire to be buried on the moor. His companion obliged him with the hope that when, 'August winds the heather wave', a hunters' salute would be fired over his grave. In fact he was laid to rest in the Laigh Kirk-yard under Burns's epitaph. This had been one of the Bard's many mock epitaphs, performed in the supposed deceased’s all too lively presence! Samson had insisted that Burns add the reassuring stanza that confirmed at the elegy's conclusion: Tam Samson's livin!

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from Robert Burns the new songs album 5, released August 18, 2021

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eddie cairney Scotland, UK

Eddie Cairney is one of the country's most prolific songwriters and Scotland's best kept songwriting secret with 58 albums to date and another 100 plus in the pipeline. He has written new music to almost all of Robert Burns works totalling 892 new songs. He writes in a great many genres, from folk to orchestral. He is also one of Scotland's most accomplished rock/blues piano players. ... more

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