When I've done the work of day,
And I row my boat away,
Doon the waters o' Loch Tay,
When the evening light is falling,
Then I look towards Ben Lawers,
where the after glory glows,
And I dream on two bright eyes,
And the melting mouth below.

She's my beauteous nighean ruadh,
She's my joy and sorrow too.
Though I own she is not true,
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,
As I sing horee, horo.

Nighean ruadh your lovely hair,
Has more glamour I declare
Than all the tresses fair,
`Tween Killin and Aberfeldy.
Be they lint white, brown or gold,
Be they blacker than the sloe,
They mean not as much to me,
Than the melting flake o' snow.

Her eyes are like the gleam,
O' 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,
As I sing ho-ree, ho-ro.

When I've done the work of day,
And I row my boat away,
Doon the waters o' Loch Tay,
When the evening light is falling,
Then I look towards Ben Lawers,
where the after glory glows,
And I dream on two bright eyes,
And the melting mouth below.

She's my beauteous nighean ruadh,
She's my joy and sorrow too.
Though I own she is not true,
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,
As I sing horee, horo.


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The Loch Tay Boat Song song meanings
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