Bothan Airigh am Braighe Raithneach

from The Seas Between Us by Sophie Ramsay

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Bothan Airigh Am Braighe Raichneach

Gur e m’ anam is m’eudail
chaidh an-dè do Ghleann Garadh:
fear na gruaig’ mar an t-òr
is nam pòg air bhlas meala.

O hi ò o hu ò, o hi ò o hu ò,
Hi rì ri ò hu èileadh
O hì ri ri ri ò gheallaibh ò

‘S tu as fheàrr dhan tig deise
de na sheasadh air talamh;
‘s tu as fheàrr dhan tig culaidh
de na chunna mi dh’ fhearaibh.

‘S tu as fheàrr dhan tig osan
is bròg shocrach nam barrall:
còta Lunnainneach dubh-ghorm,
‘s bidh na crùintean ga cheannach.

An uair a ruigeadh tu ‘n fhèill
is e mo ghèar-sa a thig dhachaigh;
mo chriosan is mo chìre
is mo stìomag chaol cheangail.

Thig mo chrios à Dùn Eideann
is mo bhrèid à Dùn Chailleann,
gheibh sinn crodh às a’ Mhaorainn
agus caoraich à Gallaibh.

‘S ann a bhios sinn ‘gan àrach
air àirigh am Bràigh Raithneach.
ann am bòthan an t-sùgraidh
is gur e bu dùnadh dha barrach.

Bidh a’ chuthag ‘s a smùdan
a’ gabhail ciùil duinn air chrannaibh;
bidh an damh donn ‘s a bhùireadh
gar dùsgadh sa mhadainn.



The Shieling Hut On Rannoch Braes

It was my soul and my darling
who went to Glen Garry yesterday
the man of the golden locks
and the kisses that taste of honey.

O hi ò o hu ò, o hi ò o hu ò,
Hi rì ri ò hu èileadh
O hì ri ri ri ò gheallaibh ò

Clothes look the best on you
out of any who stood on earth
garments suit you the best
out of all the men I’ve seen.

You’re the best suited to stockings
and comfortable shoes with laces
a London coat of dark blue
that costs many crowns to buy.

When you reach the fair
it’s my own gear that will come home
my girdle and my comb
and my slim binding head-band.

My belt will come from Edinburgh
and my bridal head-dress from Dunkeld
we’ll get cattle from the Mearns
and sheep from Galloway.

We will be raising them here
on the shieling in Rannoch Brae
in the bothy hut of courtship
that is closed over with branches.

The cuckoo and its song
will be giving us music from the trees
the brown stag and its roaring
will wake us in the morning.


Translation: Lucy Macrae

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from The Seas Between Us, released September 21, 2016

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Sophie Ramsay UK

Sophie Ramsay sings old and new folk: songs from her native Scotland alongside originals with poetic lyrics. ‘The Glassy Mountain' (2013): ‘undeniably beautiful’ (fRoots), 'Joanna Newsom meets Belle and Sebastian' (R2). ‘The Seas Between Us’ (2016): 'Atmospheric, elegant and beguiling.' (Songlines). ‘Deeply moving’ (fRoots). Sophie tours regularly with cellist singer Sarah Smout. ... more

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