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When I've done the work of day, and I row my boat away
Down the waters of Loch Tay, where the evening light is fading
And I look upon Ben Lawers, where the after glory glows,
And I think on two bright eyes, and the melting mouth below.

She's my beauteous nighean ruadh; she's my joy and sorrow too.
And although she is untrue, well I cannot live without her.
For my heart's a boat in tow, and I'd give the world to know
If she means to let me go, while I sing horee, horo.

Nighean ruadh your lovely hair, has more glamour I declare
Than all the tresses rare, from Killin and Aberfeldy.
Be they lint white, brown or gold, be they black than the sloe,
They are worth much more to me, than the melting flake of snow.

Her eyes are like the gleam, of the sunlight on the stream,
And the song the wee folk sing, seems like songs she sings at milking
But my heart is full of woe, for last night she bade me go
And the tears begin to flow, while I sing horee, horo.

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from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion, released November 30, 2013
words and music traditional; Marc Gunn on autoharp and vocals, Jody Richardson on fiddle, Daniel Briggs on bass

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Marc Gunn Birmingham, Alabama

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted. ... more

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