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Ae Selkie Song

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By silken seas, fair blue as heather
Wair romance blooms, swee’t en mid’summer
Wair maybells swoon, an seals swim deep
B’neath great waves, wair Thurso sleeps
Ae lone lass gazed, o’er oceans wide
Wair great streams flow’d wi’ North Sea tides
On an on for’ever, seven years n’ more
An seven years since, she wait’d thair
Stand’n her gro’ond, she alwa’s remain’d
Wair her tru luv alive, he’d return again
An sae she sang her heart’s refrain…

Eff he’s a selkie true
Oooh-aye, oooh-aye, ae selkie sings
Oooh-aye, oooh-aye, ae selkie cries
An as he cries, his luv returns
Eff he’s a selkie true

Drum beats echo’d, o’er great waves
Pound’n like tha’ heart of tha lassie brave
Across wide miles, afar as Graemsay
Wair Orkney’s strands, an sagas sing
Ae song uv twa lovers, wi’ luv sae deep
They’re for’ever bound, nae matter whit
Tae her arms he’ll swim, she’s certain uv it
He’ll return ow’ny day, she’s waitin fer im
Seven years she cried upon thae seas
Seven years mair, she’d wait agin
An sae she sings her heart’s refrain…

(repeat refrain)

© 2012 S. Michaels
Alba Songs 

Author’s Note:  Selkies are a part of Scots and Orkney folklore. 

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