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Thread #182   Message #3845461
Posted By: GUEST,Joyce
17-Mar-17 - 10:09 PM
Thread Name: Origins: When First I Went to Caledonia
Subject: RE: Origins: When First I Went to Caledonia
I've got a version of this song from a book called The Cape Breton Songster, published in 1935 in Sydney, NS. It's described as being on the tune of Mo rĂ¹in geal dileas and follows the Gaelic lyrics, but notes that the English words are "in no sense a translation" of the Gaelic. The lyrics are similar to the Helen Creighon version but with the following verse:

Peter Edwards and Duncan Rory
The damnedest shavers you ever see
A-spearing eels in the month of April
And starving slaves out on Scatterie

A pair of brogans is a pair of shoes, from the Scottish Gaelic. This song is still sung in Cape Breton.