This waulking song has several sections. In the first, a woman sends her wishes to her beloved John Campbell in Harris. He is a hunter of geese, seals and swans. The section which follows refers to the MacNeils going to sea in their galley and blesses the wright who worked on it and made it seaworthy. In the final section, the composer is distraught. There is a gathering which is not for a wedding, but for a burial.
Copy of Ediphone wax cylinder recording. 18 lines sung. The lines are divided into halves. Each line is repeated.
See: 'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 2 (John L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds, 1977) p. 144 'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949) p. 36 'One Hundred and Five Songs of Occupation from the Western Isles of Scotland' (F. Tolmie ed., 1911) p. 211 'Songs Remembered in Exile' (John L. Campbell ed., 1990) p. 92