Song to a Ewe - Duncan Ban MacIntyre

SONG TO A EWE - a waulking song

To reach Inver Ghinneachd is my intention,
And all that's in my mind Til mention.

Of the sheep"s wool I'll get a flock,
Since clothing I have none in stock.

In Tigh-na-Sroine I'll get a pelt,

From the good wife that in Narrachan dwelt.

In Glen Ketland of the grass

The great white fleeces I'll compass.

I'll get the full of the scallop-shell
From grey Donald o' the Dram's girl.

Yon bumper o'er my throat I'll hurry,
The better I'll the burden carry.

I'll reach the wife o' Loch Etive-head,
She would be sorry I'm in need.

I'll get one tease of thigged wool from her.
One more that I'm a friendly comer.

She of Guala Chuilinn will declare :

" Your plaint I think is hard to bear ? "

She will bring down the usquebae

To see if my gloom 't would drive away.

Each wife in Druim-a-Chothuis will say :
" Something you'll get, and well you may."

When I'll to Inver Charnain fare,
Me empty away lets no wife there.

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