At the beginning of this waulking song, a woman tells of her sadness, as she cannot see her lover. The other lines sung here are composed by a man. In these, he praises the beauty of a woman he loves.
Nine lines sung plus choruses. It is clear from other versions of the song that the reference to the blackcock in the final line sung here is part of a sequence of lines in which the man recalls days at the sheiling.
'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 1 (J. L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds., 1969) p. 132
'Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist' (Margaret F. Shaw ed., 1955) p. 232
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949) p. 14