The Slave’s Lament was written by Robert Burns in the late 1700s at the height of the slave trade. He was against the trade and here he imagines himself in the position of being a captured slave and taken to America. It has one of the most beautiful tunes I’ve ever sung, though I’m not certain of its roots: it’s very different to the fiddle tunes Burns commonly used for his songs. I’ve written a break to use between verses and, as it’s written to the same chord structure as the verses, it can also be used as an alternative backing for the verses. This is a 3 part arrangement for mixed voices. I also have a women only version – email me.