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Little Red Bird of the Lonely Moor

(Beck Siàn)
February 3, 2015
Beck Siàn/traditional

Little Red Bird Of the Lonely Moor

The north wind doth blow

And we shall have snow

And what will poor robin do then?

He’ll tuck his head under his wing

Poor thing

 

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Lonely moor, lonely moor

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Where did you sleep last night?

 

I slept last night on top of the bush

On top of the bush, on top of the bush

With snow falling down, cold and deep

And oh, wretched was my sleep

 

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Lonely moor, lonely moor

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Where did you sleep last night?

 

I slept last night on top of the briar

On top of the briar, on top of the briar

While the cruel wind was blowing on every side

And oh, wretched was my night

 

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Lonely moor, lonely moor

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Where did you sleep last night?

 

I slept last night between two leaves

Between two leaves, between two leaves

As on the breast of a mother, a baby sleeps

And oh, my sleep was deep

 

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Lonely moor, lonely moor

Little red bird of the lonely moor

Where did you sleep last night?

 

 

Words - traditional - arranged, altered and adapted by Beck Siàn.

The North Wind Doth Blow is a traditional British children’s nursery rhyme, thought to date from the 16th century.

Little Red Bird Of the Lonely Moor is a translation (slightly altered) of the traditional Manx song ‘Ushag veg Ruy’, first brought to my attention by a gorgeous singer and musician from the Isle of Man named Emma Christian. Her beautiful album ‘Beneath the Twilight’ made a huge impact on me when I first heard it, quite some years ago, and remains one of my favourite albums. I had the very great pleasure of meeting Emma on the Isle of Man when I performed at the Centenary Centre in Peel a few years ago.

 

Guitar and vocals by Beck Siàn

Recorded by Jonathan Kershaw