Mingulay Boat Song

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The "Mingulay Boat Song" was a song written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton (1874–1952) in the 1930s. The melody is described in Songs of the Isles as a "traditional Gaelic Keppoch tune arranged by Hugh S Roberton"[citation needed], however the original tune was part of an old Gaelic song, "Oran na Comhachaig" (the 'Creag Ghuanach' portion); from Brae Lochaber.[citation needed]

Lyrics[edit]

Chorus:
Heel y'ho boys, let her go, boys
Bring her head round into the weather
Heel y'ho boys, let her go boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay!

What care we tho' white the Minch is
What care we for wind and weather?
Let her go boys, every inch is
Wearing homeward to Mingulay!

Chorus

Wives are waiting on the bank, boys, .
Looking seaward from the heather.
Pull her 'round boys, and we'll anchor
'Ere the sun sets at Mingulay!

Chorus

Alternative lyrics[edit]

Chorus:
Heel y'ho boys / let her go boys
Bring her head round / into the weather
Heel y'ho boys / let her go boys
Sailing homeward / to Mingulay!

What care we boys / how white the Minch is?
What care we boys / of windy weather
when we know that / every inch is
sailing homeward / to Mingulay?

Chorus

Wives are waiting / on the pier heads,
Gazing seaward / from the heather.
Pull her head 'round / and we'll anchor
'Ere the sun sets / on Mingulay!

Chorus

The Corries version[edit]

Chorus
Heel yo ho, boys, let her go, boys
Swing her head round and all together
Heel yo ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

What care we though white the minch is
What care we for wind or weather
Swing her head round, every inch is
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

Chorus

Wives are waiting by the quayside
They've been waiting since break of day-o
Swing her head round, every inch is
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

Chorus

When the wind is wild with shouting
And the waves mount ever higher
Anxious eyes turn ever seaward
To see us home, boys, to Mingulay

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