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Orders Parade - A Man's A Man For A' That

Robert Burns

The words to the song Is there for honest poverty are from another Burns composition. The song was set to bagpipe music in the mid 19th century. Previously, it had been a marching tune for the fifes and drums.

This tune is traditionally played when an accused soldier is brought before a summary trial, court martial or other hearing; defaulters parade or orders oarade. By tradition, the accused removes his hat and is escorted in by two soldiers of equal rank, his peers, and is permitted to have a piper play him in. This tune is played to bring to mind Robert Burns' words and remind the presiding officer that the soldier is still a man, and should be treated fairly and without prejudice no matter what the accusation against him might be.

This tune is also used for piping-in the Haggis at a dinner. Brose and Butter is another traditional tune often used for piping-in the haggis; but, Brose and Butter is already used for a meal call in the 48th Higlanders.

  1. Is there, for honest poverty
    That hings his head, an' a' that?
    The coward slave, we pass him by
    We dare be poor for a' that!
    For a' that, an' a' that,
    Our toils obscure , an' a' that;
    The rank is but the the guinea stamp;
    The Man's the gowd for a' that!
  2. What tho' on hamely fare we dine,
    Wear hodden 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 and a' that;
    The honest man, though ne'er sae poor,
    Is king o' men for a' that!
  3. Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,
    Wha struts, and 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 riband, star, and a' that;
    The Man of independent mind,
    He looks an' laughs at a' that!
  4. A prince can mak a belted knight,
    A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
    But an honest Man's aboon his might,
    Guid 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 ranks than a' that.
  5. Then let us pray that come it may —
    As come it will for a' that —
    That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,
    May bear the gree, and a' that;
    For a' that, an' a' that,
    It's comin' yet for a' that
    That Man to Man the warld o'er,
    Shall brothers be for a' that