Cape Breton Lullaby (Ryan's Fancy) with lyrics, MIDI & video

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Driftwood is burning blue, wild walk the wall shadows,
Night winds go riding by, riding by the lochie meadows.
On to the ring of day flows Mira's stream, singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la, laddie, sleep the stars away.

Far on Beinn Bhreagh's side wander the lost lambies.
Here, there and everywhere, everywhere their troubled mammies
Find them and fold them deep, fold them to sleep, singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la, laddie, sleep the dark away.

Daddy is on the bay, he'll keep the pot brewing,
Keep all from tumbling down, tumbling down to rack and ruin;
Pray, Mary, send him home safe from the foam, singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la, laddie, sleep the night away.

####.... Kenneth Leslie [1892-1974] © R. Dickson, 530 King St. Shawville, Quebec, Canada ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Looking Back, trk#12, 1972, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

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From Wikipedia:
Kenneth Leslie [1892-1974] - Canadian poet and songwriter, and an influential poilitical activist in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, his father was a shipping magnate who became a member of the Quebec legislature in 1905, but drowned that same year when one of his ships, Lunenberg, sank in a storm. Leslie was raised by his mother, learning to play the violin and piano, and singing and writing poetry. He was a child prodigy, attending Dalhousie University in Halifax at age 14. Later he was educated at Colgate Theological Seminary for a year; the University of Nebraska, where he received his M.A.; and Harvard, where he studied under idealist Josiah Royce but did not receive a Ph.D.

Caidil gu la - title of a fiddle tune in the Captain Simon Fraser [1773-1852] Collection (The Airs And Melodies Peculiar To The Highlands Of Scotland And The Isles, 1816). One translation given to this Scottish Gaelic phrase is Sleep (on) till day.


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