Gaol ise gaol i

I learnt this waulking song from Christine Primrose at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye in 2008. It is also known as Mi dualach mi donn (My hair curly and brown).

Gaol ise gaol i

E o hao-o hao o
Hao riri o hu o
Ro-ho i o hi o

Gaol ise gaol i

Gaol air Anna ni' n Nill

Mi dualach mi donn

Mi mar chuthaig an coill'

Mi mar smeòraich an craoibh

Mi gu biorshuilleach binn

Mi torrach mi trom

Chan ann le balach mo throm

Ach leis an lasgaire dhonn

Mac fir Bhaile nan Long

Leis an eireadh na suinn

Leis an diant' an t-òl trom

Gaol ise gaol i

Gaol air Anna ni' n Nill

My love is she

My love is she
Love for Ann daughter of Neil
My hair curly and brown
Like a cuckoo in a wood
Like a thrush on a tree
Keen my eyes - sweet my voice
I am heavy with child
By no ordinary lad is my child
But by the dark-haired hero
Son of the Laid of the Ships
With whom warriors would rise
Who can drink plenty
My love is she
Love for Ann daughter of Neil

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