The Loch Tay Boat Song


Lyrics, courtesy of Sylvia Woods:

When I’ve done my work of day and I row my boat away
Doon the waters o’ Loch Tay as the evening light is fading
And I look upon Ben Lasers, where the after glory glows
And I think on two bright eyes and the melting mouth below.

She’s my beauteous nighean ruadh, she’s my joy and sorrow too
And although she is untrue, well I cannot live without her
For my heart’s a boat in tow, and I’d give the world to know
Why she means to let me go, as I sing horee, horo.

*”Nighean ruadh” translates to “red-haired maiden”


My interpretation of this lovely ballad from “52 Scottish Songs for All Harps” by Sylvia Woods


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