Gu Dè A-nis a Nì Mise?

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Title - Gu Dè A-nis a Nì Mise?
Alternate Title - Siuthadaibh, Siuthadaibh, a Mhnathan
Contributors - Kate Nicolson
Reporters - John MacInnes

Summary - In the first section of this waulking song, the composer asks: "What will I do if my knee is broken? I cannot walk without support." In the section which follows the composer asks the women to waulk energetically. There are four of them, but they really need eight and a suitable person "at the helm".

The song goes on to speak of a journey to Lewis. They would also call in Dunvegan, home of Ruairidh mac Iain, the MacLeod chief, in order to get a galley. After January, it will be newly mended.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:03:54
Date Recorded - 1950.11.02
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - National Trust for Scotland

Track ID - 26531
Original Tape ID - CW0110A
Original Track ID - CW0110A.503
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - Wire

Recording Location:
  County - Inverness-shire
  Parish - South Uist
  Island - South Uist
  Village - Iochdar

Item Notes - 24 lines sung plus choruses. Singers ascribe this song to Màiri nighean Alasdair Ruaidh.

'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 1, no. XVII

Other versions:
'105 Songs of Occupation from the Western Isles of Scotland' (Frances Tolmie) no. 58 (tune, 14 lines of text and translation)
'Òrain Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh' (K. C. Craig) p. 37
Father Allan MacDonald manuscript, folios 15 & 65
Donald MacLachlan's manuscript, p. 5 (24 lines)

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