A Fairy Lullaby
(I Left My Darling Lying Here)

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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This is an old Gaelic tune from The Celtic Lyre by Henry Whyte. Whyte was a collector of Gaelic folktunes around the end of the 19th century. The translation is by Lachlan MacBean. I left my darling lying here,
a lying here, a lying here,
I left my darling lying here,
To go and gather blaeberries.

I've found the wee brown otter's track,
the otter's track, the otter's track
I've found the wee brown otter's track
But ne'er a trace o' my baby, O!

I found the track of the swan on the lake
the swan on the lack, the swan on the lack
I found the track of the swan on the lake,
But not the track of baby, O!

I found the track of the yellow fawn, the yellow fawn
I found the track of the yellow fawn,
But could not trace my baby, O!

I found the trail of the mountain mist,
the mountain mist, the mountain mist
I found the trail of the mountain mist,
But ne'er a trace of baby, O!

O! Hovan, Hovan Gorry og O,
Gorry og, O, Gorry og
O, Hovan, Hovan Gorry og O
I've lost my darling baby, O!
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