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Minnie of Shirva’s Cradle Song

[ Roud 30664 ; trad.]

Craig Morgan Robson sang Minnie of Shirva’s Cradle Song on their 2005 album Peppers & Tomatoes. They noted:

Some years back one of Moira [Craig]’s dearest friends, David Stevenson (Steve) discovered his roots in Shetland. This resulted in her receiving a plethora of information and recordings of Shetland music, amongst which was this beautiful cradle song, collected by Jamesie Laurenson of Fetlar.

A recording of James Laurenson singing Minnie o Shirva’s Cradle Song can be found at Tobar an Dualchais.

Claire Hastings sang Minnie o’ Shirva’s Cradle Song on her 2023 album Lullabies from Scotland.


Craig, Morgan, Robson sing Minnie of Shirva’s Cradle Song

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

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

Da burnie rins an da burnie rowes,
Da lambs dey dance ower da hedder-cowes,
Hush-a-baa-baa, me treisir dear,
Dey’ll naebody hurt dee whin Mam is near.

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

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


I copied the lyrics from Canasg Music.