Tha mi sgìth

I am tired

Music: Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon
performance time approx 1m 10s
traditional Gaelic words and tune
Price code: A
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This piece is the first in the set Mouth music set 2
The next piece is Meal do bhrògan dùbha, Neill
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Tha mi sgìth individually using the link on this page.
This is a lively yet haunting piece of Gaelic puirt-a-beul ('poorsht-a-beel') or mouth music - the name for songs written to accompany dancing.
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. Tha mi sgìth works well as the first song in the following set of four: Tha mi sgìth; Meal do bhrògan; An tàillear mhór; Gaol mo chridh-sa Màiri Bhàn (all published by Canasg).

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Tha mi sgìth

Tha mi sgìth, 's mi leam-fhìn,
'Buain na rainich, buain na rainich,
Tha mi sgìth, 's mi leam-fhìn,
'Buain na rainich, daonnan.
Cùl an tomain, bràigh' an tomain,
Cùl an tomain bhòidhich,
Cùl an tomain, bràigh' an tomain,
H-uile latha 'nam aonar.
traditional Gaelic song

I am tired, and on my own,
pulling the bracken, pulling the bracken,
I am tired, and on my own,
pulling the bracken, always.
Canasg editors

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