'A Bhean a Bh'aig an Tàillear Chaol

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'A Bhean a Bh'aig an Tàillear Chaol

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 Also known as    Lady Madelina Sinclair
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    
 History    
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Christine Martin
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional Scottish Fiddling
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 77
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2002
 Artist    
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    


A Scottish puirt a beul (mouth music) song, with words that are bawdy in parts. The Gaelic title translates as "The skinny tailor's wife." The tune is the same as the strathspey "Lady Madelina Sinclair", printed by the Gows in 1792. Lyrics begin:

A' bhean a bh'aig an tàillear chaol, thug an taog an ceann dith;
A' bhean a bh'aig an tàillear chaol, thug an taog an ceann dith;
A' bhean a bh'aig an tàillear chaol, thug an taog an ceann dith,
Thug an taog na casan agus thug an cat an ceann dith.
A' bhean a bh'aig an tàillear chaol, thug an taog an ceann dith,
Thug an taog na casan agus thug an cat an ceann dith.