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Quait Peathaven


Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 17th of May, 2013
to part of Felix Joseph Burns' early 1900s music for the tune, '
Queen Mary Waltz'.

In May's gloamin', shaddas are gaithrin'
Frae Ben Croogle's glens abeen quait Peathaven
Tae streetch neist fey-fain paws, an' waltz wi' the seas' jaws,
Till ainly fant-lichts fae boats keek-oot alang wi the meen.
Starns up in the lift maist flicher bricht;
Bairnies a' are beddit an' sleep ticht;
Lads an' bonnie lassies sik biels weel oot o' sicht,
Fyle the fishermen wirk lang throw-oot the nicht
Till ilk morn dawn sees them hame, guid shots or nane,
Fochen-doon an' hunger'd by the Main,
Bit fowks in the kirkton weel ken the risks they rin
Fur thur neeboors an' thur kin.

Glossary:
shaddas=shadows; gaithrin'=gathering; abeen=above; quait=quiet; streech=stretch; neist=next; fey-fain paws=disorderly eager hands; jaws=waves; fant-lichts=faint lights; keek-oot=peep-out; alang=along; meen=moon; starns=stars; the lift=the sky; maist=most; flicher=twinkle; bricht=bright; ticht=tight; sik=seek; biels=quiet sheltered places; sicht=sight; fyle=while; wirk=work; throw-oot=throughout; nicht=night; ilk=each; hame=home; guid shots=good catches; nane=none; fochen-doon=tired out; fowks=folks; kirkton=village; weel=well; ken=know; rin=run; neeboors=neighbours.


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