I learnt this song while studying Welsh on the Welsh Language Summer
School at the University of Wales, Lampeter in June 2007. It usually
starts fairly slowly then gets faster and faster, apart the first part.
Another name for it is Oes gafr eto? (Is there
still a goat?). It's a popular test piece at choral competitions.
Oes gafr eto?
Oes heb ei godro,
Ar y creigiau geirwon
mae'r hen afr yn crwydro.
Gafr wen, wen, wen,
Ie finwen, finwen, finwen,
Foel gynffonwen, foel gynffonwen
Ystlys wen a chynffon,
Wen, wen, wen.
Where is the goat?
It's time for milking
Off among the craggy rocks
The old goat is wand'ring
Goat white, white, white
With her lip white, lip white, lip white
With her tail white, with her tail white
With her tail and flank white,
White, white, white
Repeat the first part, then the second part substituting different
colours for wen (white) - ddu (black), goch (red), las (blue), and repeat
the second part with each of the colours. So you start with white, then
black and white, then red, black and white, etc, getting faster each time.
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