“An Cailin Rua (The Red-Headed Girl)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1976 (OBoyle)
Keywords: foreignlanguage love infidelity nonballad
Found in: Ireland

Description

Gaelic. The singer praises his beautiful red-headed girl even though she drained his purse by drinking his ale and spending in the market on fancy shoes and ribbons instead of food and even though she ran off with the shop-boy. He prefers her to wealth.

Notes

O Boyle summarizes the text in English but does not translate it. There is a Digital Tradition text in Gaelic with English translation that is compatible with O Boyle's summary. The description follows the Digital Tradition translation. - BS

References

  1. OBoyle 8, "Cailin Rua, An" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, ANCAILIN
  3. BI, OBoy008