Crodh Chailein

Composed by: unknown

Researched & performed by: Morvyn Menzies

I found this song in ‘The Killin Collection of Gaelic Songs with Music and Translations’ by Charles Stewart from Perthshire. I used the tune transcribed in the collection which was apparently sung for many years in Glen Lyon.

With thanks to Tony Dilworth for his support and advice.


 

I won’t sleep, I won’t sleep
I won’t sleep one hour,
I won’t sleep at all
Until what was taken returns.

May Colin’s cattle give me
Milk for their love of me,
At the top of the hill
With no one nearby.

Cows of my beloved Colin
Iain’s cows, my dear;
Cows that would fill up the milking bucket,
Cows that rear the calves.

My heart is heavy,
Tears frequently on my cheeks,
My mind is dejected,
And this stops me sleeping.

Cows of my beloved Colin
Iain’s cows, my dear;
Black, brindled and spotted,
The colour of grouse.

I won’t go to the birch wood
Or gathering nuts;
On a brown, ragged plaid
I wait for the cows.

Cows of my beloved Colin
Iain’s cows, my dear;
Cows that would fill up the milking bucket,
Cows that rear the calves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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