Robin Adair (Traditional)

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Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2004-03-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Robin Adair
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1898 in Old Songs for Young Voices collected by Agnes L. Money
Description: A sentimental folk song of the British Isles, attributed to Lady Caroline Keppel, sung to the same tune as "Eileen Aroon."

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Original text and translations

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What's this dull town to me?
Robin's not near,
What was't I wish'd to see,
What wish'd to hear?
Where's all the joy and mirth,
Made this town heav'n on earth?
Ah! they're all fled with thee,
Robin Adair.

What made th'assembly shine?
Robin Adair!
What made the ball so fine?
Robin Adair!
What, when the play was o'er,
What made my heart so sore?
Ah! was parting with
Robin Adair!

But now thou'rt cold to me,
Robin Adair!
But now thou'rt cold to me,
Yes he I loved so well
Still in my heart shall dwell,
Ah! I can ne'er forget
Robin Adair!