Hè Mo Leannan

from Leam Fhìn by Calum Macleod

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about

A work song, traditionally sung by a group of women while waulking the tweed. The verses were probably improvised at the time, discussing (in this case) a boy who turned his back on the girl.

lyrics

Hè mo leannan, hò mo leannan,
‘S e mo leannan am fear ùr
Hè mo leannan, hò mo leannan.

‘S e mo leannan gille Calum
‘Carpenter’ an daraich thu.

‘S e mo leannan am fear dualach
Air an d’fhàs an cuailean dlùth.

‘S e mo leannan am fear donn
A thogadh fonn anns an tigh-chiùil.

‘S e mo leannan saor an t-sàbhaidh
Leagadh lobhta làir gu dlùth.

Ged a dhèanadh iad uile fàgail
Bhitheadh a làmh aic’ air fear ùr.

‘N cuala sibh mar dh’èirich dhòmhsa
Chuir an t-òigear rium a chùl.

Cha do mheas mi sud ach suarach
O’n a fhuair mi fear as ùr.

Tha mi coma, suarach agam
Tha chead aige, ‘s beag mo dhiù.

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from Leam Fhìn, released May 22, 2015

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