Songs by Robert Burns

Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars song book

For a' that

    G                Am7
Is there for honest poverty
      G                  Em
That hangs his head, an' a' that
     G                Am7
The coward slave, we pass him by
    G               D
We dare be poor for a' that
    G            Am7
For a' that, an' a' that
     G                 Em
Our toil's obscure and a' that
     G               Am7
The rank is but the guinea's stamp
     Em                D
The man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine
A man's a man, for a' that
For a' that, an' a' that
Their tinsel show an' a' that
The honest man, though e'er sae poor
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord
Wha struts an' stares an' a' that
Tho' hundreds worship at his word
He's but a coof for a' that
For a' that, an' a' that
His ribband, star and a' that
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak' a belted knight
A marquise, duke, an' a' that
But an honest man's aboon his might
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that
For a' that an' a' that
Their dignities an' a' that
The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth
Are higher rank that a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may
(as come it will for a' that)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth
Shall bear the gree an' a' that
For a' that an' a' that
It's coming yet for a' that
That man to man, the world o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that.

Arrangement © 2004 Bob Hay (BMI). All Rights Reserved.