“O A Iu, Nach Till Thu Dhomnaill (O A Iu, Will You Not Return?)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: foreignlanguage courting promise accusation worksong
Found in: Canada(Mar)


Gaelic. The singer meets Donald while traversing the moors. They flirt, "he threatened to tear my chemise to shreds.... That was not what you promised me ... a ceremony of marriage."


The description is based on the translation of Creighton/MacLeod 69 in _Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia_ which is the same Gaelic text as Creighton-Maritime. Creighton/MacLeod: "There is a more complete version of this song in Craig's 'Orain Luaidh,' p. 66."

Creighton explains "this is a work song, used for milling, or shrinking, cloth." - BS


  1. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 178-179, "Gaelic Milling Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, CrMS178