Còta fad air Dòmhnull Lòm

A long coat on Skinny Donald

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon
performance time approx 1m 00s (sung twice through)
traditional Gaelic words and tune
Price code: A
Complexity: **

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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

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

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