Scottish Traditional

Comin' Thro' the Rye

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This song features a well-known traditional Scottish melody, used first in the song Common Frae the Town. Here, in Comin' Thro' the Rye, it is set to words by Robert Burns. Actually, there are several versions of the text, but they are all quite similar to Burns' dialect-rich poetry and feature identical repeating lines, such as the words in the title. The melody is well-known in Europe and the Americas since it has been used in various films and other commercial settings. It is carefree and sassy and perfectly matches the somewhat racy humor in Burns' text -- and the even racier character in the other versions. The melody comes in short phrases and forms a rather jagged contour in its constant jaunty shifts upward and downward. It is a joyous tune, filled with a sense of mischief and fun. Mischief and fun describes the text, too: Jennie always seems to get her petticoats wet "Comin' thro' the rye," a place where various intimacies might be exchanged for the more venturesome who trod that terrain. This is a colorful song of strong appeal for lovers of traditional music.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 JSP Records JSP 683
    2013 EMEC (Editorial de Musica Espanola) EMEC 104
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099990377
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099967900725
    2009 Helios / Hyperion 55336
    2005 Symposium 1324
    2004 Atma / ATMA Classique ACD 22336
    2003 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243585111
    2002 Naxos Historical 8110737
    2000 Griffin 4009
    2000 Marston 52012/2
    2000 Hyperion 67106
    1999 Pearl 9067
    1999 Nimbus 7901
    1998 Marston 52013
    1998 Romophone 81027
    1998 Marston 52011-2
    1997 Marston 52001
    1997 APR (Appian) 5544
    1997 Cambria 1080
    1996 Romophone 81021
    1996 Moidart MIDCD 004
    1996 Gothic Records 49078
    1995 Romophone 81011
    1995 Grammofono 2000 78576
    1995 Moidart 1
    1994 Legato Classics 179
    1992 Pearl 9312
    1981 Gothic Records 38130
    RCA 61413
    Moss Music Group 1113
    Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution 47080
    Mastersound
    ASV CDAJA 5201
    RCA 61412
    Pearl 9964
    Moidart Music Group 004