The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2463   Message #1368628
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
31-Dec-04 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Old Scottish Lament / Fear a Bhata
Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Old Scottish Lament
At a pinch the words could be rendered roughly into English, I suppose, but that would be misleading: they don't really mean anything, though they may sound as if they do. Like most other European singing traditions, Gaelic uses "nonsense words" or vocables to bulk out refrains.