09. O Cò Bheir Mi Leam (song)

Waulking_the_TweedA clapping song for finishing off the fulling of the tweed cloth in the Scots Gaelic waulking song tradition. Usually sung by groups of working women, the verses were improvised and were usually mischievous or comical or sometimes bawdy. This song is also known as An Long Éireannach (The Irish Galley). The “Irish Galley” was the large longboat used by the Irish and Scots off their west costs. Descended from the Viking longboat it was powered by sails and twelve oarsmen.

Our text comes from An Duanaire a collection of Scots Gaelic songs published by Donald MacPherson  in 1868.

Chorus:-
O cò bheir mi leam air an luing Èireannaich
O cò bheir mi leam.

‘Dol a dh-America null   air an luing Èireannaich

Tormoid ‘am bàrr a’ chroinn  ….

Dòmhnall-Iàin air an stiùir  ….

Gille smioral ‘s am beil suim  …

‘S aithne dha àmhuilt an t-siùil …

An ailm fo achlais an t-suinn  ….

Leannan Màiri ‘n Aonghuis duinn …

Leannan cruinneag a’ chin chruim …

Chan innis mi ‘ ainm idir dhuibh …

Chi mi i ‘ caogadh a sùl …

Téid sinn uile a null ….