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A Man's a Man for a that. (Robert Burns)

G C Is there for honest poverty,
G Em That hangs his head, an a that,
G C The coward slave, we pass him by;
G D We dare be poor for a that.
G C D For a that, an a that
G Em Our toils obscure and a that,
G Am The rank is but the guineaís stamp;
Em D The manís the gowd for a that.

G C What though on hamely fare we dine
G Em Wear hoddan gray an a that?
G C Gie fools their silks and knaves their wine
G D A man's a man for a that
G C D For a that, and a that
G Em Their tinsel show and a that
G Am The honest man though e'er sae puir
Em D Is king o men for a that


G C Ye see yon birkie caad a lord
G Em Wha struts an stares an a that
G C Though hundreds worship at his word
G D He's but a cuif for a that
G C D For a that, an a that
G Em His riband star an a that
G Am The man o independent mind
Em D He looks an laughs at a that


G C A prince can mak a beltit knight
G Em A marquis, duke an a that
G C But an honest man's abune his might
G D Guid faith, he maunna faa that
G C D For a that, an a that
G Em Their dignities an a that
G Am The pith o sense and pride o worth
Em D Are higher rank than a that


G C Then let us pray that come it may,
G Em (As come it will for a that)
G C That Sense and Worth, oer a the earth,
G D Shall bear the gree, an a that.
G C D For a that, an a that,
G Em Itís coming yet for a that,
G Am That man to man the world oer,
Em D Shall brithers be for a that.

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