Bà Bà Mo Leanabh Beag
Date November 1965
Track ID 25384
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1965.105.18

Original Tape ID

SA1965.105

Summary

This is a lullaby by a mother who fears her child will starve. The song was possibly composed at the time of the famine caused by the potato blight.

Item Notes

Recorded in Castelbay School. Two short 4-line verses. The first is sung again at the end.

See:
'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist' (M. F. Shaw) song 37

Recording Location

County - Inverness-shire

Parish - Barra

Island - Barra

Village - Castlebay

Language

Gaelic

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS

Transcription

Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Feuch a ghaoil am fàs thu.

Gu dè ghaoil a nì mi riut?
Gu dè ghràidh a nì mi riut?
Gu dè ghaoil a nì mi riut,
'S eagal orm nach fhàs thu?

Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Bà bà mo leanabh beag.
Feuch a ghaoil am fàs thu.