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Ushag veg ruy

This is a lullaby with three different versions in the Isle of Man. The first is based on a Scots song, Craigieburn Wood; the second appears in the Moore collection; and the third, given here, was recorded by P. W. Caine of Douglas and sung by his father. It has similarities with the Gaelic song, An Coineachan.

Ushag veg ruy

cochiaull
Ushag veg ruy my moanee doo,
Ny moanee doo, ny moanee doo,
Ushag veg ruy ny moanee doo,
C'raad chaddil oo riyr syn oie?

Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny dress,
Er baare ny dress, er baare ny dress,
Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny dress,
As ogh, my chadley cho treih!

cochiaull

Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny crouw,
Er baare ny crouw, er baare ny crouw,
Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny crouw,
As ogh, my chadley cho treih!

cochiaull

Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny thooane,
Er baare ny thooane, er baare ny thooane,
Chaddil mish riyr er baare ny thooane,
As ogh, my chadley cho treih!

cochiaull

Chadil mish riyr eddyr daa ghuillag,
Eddyr daa ghuillag, eddyr daa ghuillag,
Chaddil mish riyr eddyr daa ghuillag,
Myr oikan eddyr daa Ihuishag.

cochiaull

Little red bird

Chorus
Little red bird of the black peat ground,
of the black peat ground, of the black peat ground,
little red bird of the black peat ground,
where did you sleep last night?

Last night I slept on the top of the briar,
On the top of the briar, on the top of the briar,
Last night I slept on the top of the briar,
And oh, how miserable my sleep was.

Chorus

Last night I slept on the top of the bush,
On the top of the bush, on the top of the bush,
Last night I slept on the top of the bush,
And oh, how miserable my sleep was.

Chorus

Last night I slept on the point of the riblas*,
On the point of the riblas, on the point of the riblas,
Last night I slept on the point of the riblas,
And oh, how miserable my sleep was.

Chorus

Last night I slept between two leaves,
Between two leaves, between two leaves,
Last night I slept between two leaves,
Like and infant between two blankets.

Chorus

* a riblas or thooane was used in the construction of a thatched roof as one of the ribs supporting the sods of earth inserted under the thatch. The equivalent word in Scottish Gaelic taobhan.

Links

Lyrics and translations of this song
http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/fulltext/mb1896/p042.htm
http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/manxnb/v07p128.htm

Recordings of this song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tOnI9m5cME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbSS1CRtP_E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnVuDfx6mys

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