Mo Chùlaibh

Composed by: Jonathan MacDougall
 
Researched & performed by: John James Galbraith
 
Jonathan MacDougall lived for a while on Hellisay Island, to the north-east of Barra, after his family were evicted from their homes and their fertile land on the west of Barra.
 


 

Behind me, behind me, my back I’ll turn to this town,
And I’ll head for the place where I was brought up as a child,
Behind me, behind me.

It’s sorrowful to leave the land which was blessed,
Where fish, shellfish and birds were plentiful by the shore,
Behind me, behind me.

Where fish, shellfish and birds were plentiful by the shore,
Unlike the place, where you get no food without paying for it,
Behind me, behind me.

I got a dram from my relations when I came to this town,
They wouldn’t stay here, and they took to the open sea,
Behind me, behind me.

We got new land, it was the Crown which bought it for us,
Grean and Cleat and Vaslan, tha best part of Barra.

Behind me, behind me, my back I’ll turn to this town,
And I’ll head for the place where I was brought up as a child,
Behind me, behind me.

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