This piece is part of the set Mouth music set 1
The next piece is 'S ann an Ile
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This is a swinging piece of Gaelic puirt-a-beul ('poorsht-a-beel') or mouth music - the name for songs written to accompany dancing. It's well known in Scotland and describes the sorry appearance of a lanky lad named Donald who could sorely do with putting a comb through his hair. It has been arranged in a fast-moving canon which can quite easily turn into a competition between male and female voices as to who can keep going better. Traditionally, puirt-a-beul is sung unaccompanied and in unison but the tunes harmonise very well. Frequently they are sung in sequences of three or four, each song leading without a break into the next. This song works well as the third in the following set of four: Tha bean agam; Chuala mi e; Còta fad' air Dòmhnull lòm; 'S ann an Ile (all published by Canasg).
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Còta fad air Dòmhnull Lòm (a long coat on Skinny Donald)
Còta fad air Dòmhnull lòm Còta fad air Dòmhnull lòm Còta fad' 's briogais ghoirid Siud an deis aig Dòmhnull lòm Còta fad air Dòmhnull lòm Còta fad air Dòmhnull lòm Dosan dualach air a chìreadh 'S math thig cìrean air falt donn traditional Gaelic song
Translation A long coat on skinny Donald A long coat and short trousers That's skinny Donald's suit. A long coat on skinny Donald Combing his matted forelock - It would be good if he could get a comb through his hair. Canasg editors
Full pronunciation guide provided
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