A Man’s A Man polka

Also known as A Man’s A Man For A’ That, For A’ That, Is There For Honest Poverty?.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

A Man’s A Man has been added to 4 tune sets.

A Man's A Man has been added to 61 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: A Man's A Man
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D|"G"G>A GD|"C"E<G "D"A>c|"G"B>A "Em"GD|"C"E2 "Am"E>D|
"G"GA GD|"C"EG "D"A>c|"G"B>A "C"G>E|"D"D2 D>c|
"G"Bc d>B|"C"c>B "D"Ac|"G"Bc "Em"d>D|"C"E2 "Am"E>c|
"G"Bc d>B|"C"e<A "D"A>c|"G"B>A "C"GE|"D"D2 Dz|
2
X: 2
T: A Man's A Man
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
F|A>B AE|FA Bd|c>B AE|F2 FE|
A>B AE|FA Bd|c>B AF|E2 E:|
|:d|c>d ec|dc Bd|c>d eA|F2 Fd|
c>d ec|fB Bd|c>B AF|E2 E:|
3
X: 3
T: A Man's A Man
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
FG/A/\|:B>c BF|GB c>e|d>c BF|G2G/F/G/A/|
B>c BF|GB c>e|d>c BG|1F2FG/A/:|2F2fe||
|:d>e fd|c2ce|d>e fB|G2Ge|
d>e fd|c2ce|d>c BG|1F2fe:|2F2|]

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Rhythm

I posted this as a ‘barndance’ in the ABC - any corrections welcome

In Emix…

X:1
T:Man’s A Man For A’ That
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:Emix
F|A>B AE|FA Bd|c>B AE|F2 FE|
A>B AE|FA Bd|c>B AF|E2 E:|
|:d|c>d ec|dc Bd|c>d eA|F2 Fd|
c>d ec|fB Bd|c>B AF|E2 E:|

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 guinea’s stamp,
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, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ 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, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon 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 than 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 brothers be for a’ that.

Aye, ‘tis Burns supper time again…

For A’ That An’ A’ That (A Man’s A Man)

From the album The Legacy Of The Scottish Fiddle, Vol. 2. Variation Bar 3 second part (Second Time Only) - d>e fg.

Re: For A’ That An’ A’ That (A Man’s A Man)

Also, Who wrote it?

Re: For A’ That An’ A’ That (A Man’s A Man)

The poem and probably but not necessarily the song is Robert Burns 1795. This one is well know but some of these tunes you’re posting can be easily found with a google search Connor.

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Re: For A’ That An’ A’ That (A Man’s A Man)

Also, this one’s already here. It’s probably one of the best known folk songs in Scotland.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4145

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