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TITLE
Minnie o Shirva
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CHRISTINASTEWART_BAIRNSKIST_19
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
unknown/traditional
SOURCE
Christina Stewart
ASSET ID
2535
KEYWORDS
children
singing
music
audio
action songs
nursery rhymes
Scots
childhood
Shetlandic

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'Minnie o Shirva' is a traditional Shetland song. It is arranged and sung here by Christina Stewart, a performer and teacher of traditional Scottish songs.

Da boatie sails an da boatie rowes
Dey set dir sails an dey hail dir towes
Hush-a-baa-baa, ma peerie lamb,
Da faider is comin awa fae fram.

Da sheep dey baa, an da craas dey craa,
Dey flap dir wings an de fley awa,
Hush-a-baa-baa. ma peerie flee,
Aald Daa'll be comin wi shalls ta dee.

Du burnie rins an da burnie rowes
Da lambs dey dance ower da hedder-knowes,
Hush-a -baa-baa, ma treasure dear,
Dey'll naebody hurt dee whin Mam is near.

Da laverick lifts an he sings ta aa
Da winter comes wi da cauld an snaa
Hush-a-baa-baa, ma peerie flooer,
Lang Willie is löin ahint da door.

Da mares dey böl an da kye comes hame,
We lay wis doon ida Gödie's name,
Hush-a-baa-baa ma peerie ting,
He covers us wis aa wi His holy wing.

The English translates as:

The boat sails and the boat rows
They set their sails and haul their towes (nets or lines)
Hush a ba ba, my little lamb
Your father is coming away from danger.

The sheep they baa and the crows they crow
They flap their wings and fly away
Hush a ba ba my little flea
Old Dad'll be coming with shells for you.

The burn runs and the burn rocks
the lambs they dance over the heather knolls
Hush a ba ba my treasure dear
Nobody will hurt you when Mum is near.

The skylark flies up and he sings to all
The winter comes with the cold and snow
Hush a ba ba my little flower
Long Willie (Winkie) is behind the door.

The mares settle to sleep and the cattle come home
We lie down in God's name
Hush a ba ba my little thing
He covers us all with His holy wing.

(Use appropriate actions for each verse)

The song is included in Christina Stewart's CD, 'Bairn's Kist', a collection of traditional Scottish songs designed to encourage adults to sing, play and connect with young children. Christina, a native of Inverness, studied traditional song as part of her university degree. She now works with all age groups, teaching and performing traditional songs.

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Minnie o Shirva

2000s

children; singing; music; audio; action songs; nursery rhymes; Scots; childhood; Shetlandic

Christina Stewart

Bairn's Kist (CD)

'Minnie o Shirva' is a traditional Shetland song. It is arranged and sung here by Christina Stewart, a performer and teacher of traditional Scottish songs. <br /> <br /> Da boatie sails an da boatie rowes<br /> Dey set dir sails an dey hail dir towes<br /> Hush-a-baa-baa, ma peerie lamb,<br /> Da faider is comin awa fae fram.<br /> <br /> Da sheep dey baa, an da craas dey craa,<br /> Dey flap dir wings an de fley awa,<br /> Hush-a-baa-baa. ma peerie flee,<br /> Aald Daa'll be comin wi shalls ta dee.<br /> <br /> Du burnie rins an da burnie rowes<br /> Da lambs dey dance ower da hedder-knowes,<br /> Hush-a -baa-baa, ma treasure dear,<br /> Dey'll naebody hurt dee whin Mam is near.<br /> <br /> Da laverick lifts an he sings ta aa<br /> Da winter comes wi da cauld an snaa<br /> Hush-a-baa-baa, ma peerie flooer,<br /> Lang Willie is löin ahint da door.<br /> <br /> Da mares dey böl an da kye comes hame,<br /> We lay wis doon ida Gödie's name,<br /> Hush-a-baa-baa ma peerie ting,<br /> He covers us wis aa wi His holy wing.<br /> <br /> The English translates as:<br /> <br /> The boat sails and the boat rows<br /> They set their sails and haul their towes (nets or lines)<br /> Hush a ba ba, my little lamb<br /> Your father is coming away from danger.<br /> <br /> The sheep they baa and the crows they crow<br /> They flap their wings and fly away<br /> Hush a ba ba my little flea<br /> Old Dad'll be coming with shells for you.<br /> <br /> The burn runs and the burn rocks<br /> the lambs they dance over the heather knolls<br /> Hush a ba ba my treasure dear<br /> Nobody will hurt you when Mum is near.<br /> <br /> The skylark flies up and he sings to all<br /> The winter comes with the cold and snow<br /> Hush a ba ba my little flower<br /> Long Willie (Winkie) is behind the door.<br /> <br /> The mares settle to sleep and the cattle come home<br /> We lie down in God's name<br /> Hush a ba ba my little thing<br /> He covers us all with His holy wing.<br /> <br /> (Use appropriate actions for each verse)<br /> <br /> The song is included in Christina Stewart's CD, 'Bairn's Kist', a collection of traditional Scottish songs designed to encourage adults to sing, play and connect with young children. Christina, a native of Inverness, studied traditional song as part of her university degree. She now works with all age groups, teaching and performing traditional songs.