Mingulay Boat Song

 

Background:

The "Mingulay Boat Song" was a song written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton (1874–1952) in the 1930s. The melody is described in Songs of the Isles as a "traditional Gaelic Keppoch tune arranged by Hugh S Roberton ," however the original tune was part of an old Gaelic song, "Oran na Comhachaig" (the 'Creag Ghuanach' portion); from Brae Lochaber.

 

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Hill you ho, boys; let her go, boys;
Bring her round, now all together.
Hill you ho, boys; let her go boys,
Sailing home, home to Mingulay.

 

What care we though white the Minch is?
What care we for wind or weather?
Let her go boys! ev'ry inch is
Wearing home, home to Mingulay.

 

Chorus

 

Wives are waiting on the bank, or
Looking seaward from the heather;
Pull her round boys! and we'll anchor.
Ere the sun sets at Mingulay.

 

Chorus