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Orain Floraidh Nighean Donn Nan Gobhar
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Flora MacNeil
   
Appears On: Orain Floraidh
   
Language: GÓidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
SŔist: Chorus (after each verse):
Ho mo nighean donn nan gobhar Ho my brown-haired maid of the goats
Ho mo nighean donn nan gobhar Ho my brown-haired maid of the goats
'S trom ýnntinneach mi nad dhŔidh Heavy hearted am I after you
'S b˛idheach seaghach mo nighean donn Pretty and sensible, my auburn maid
Ho mo nighean donn nan gobhar Ho my brown-haired maid of the goats
   
Nighean donn is Óille sealladh Auburn maid, beautiful to see
'S guirm do sh¨il na dri¨chd na maidne Your eyes bluer than the dew in the morning
An gaol a thug mi dhut a's t-earrach The love I gave you in the spring
Cha teid e as m'aire chaoidh It will last forever
   
Nighean donn bha ris na gamhna Auburn maid who tended the calves
Bha mi uair 's bu mh˛r mo gheall ort There was a time when I had high hopes for you
Dhut a thigeadh dhol dhan dannsa Comely you were at the dance
Le g¨n 's strann aige dhan t-sýd' With a gown of silk
   
Dol dhan chlachan air Did˛mhnaich Going to the church on Sunday
'S geal do stocainn 's dubh do bhr˛gan White your stockings and black your shoes
'S truagh a rýgh nach mi bha c˛mh' riut It's a pity I could not be with you
Ged nach p˛samaid a chaoidh Even if we never married