Puirt a beul
The first part is traditional from the puirt a beul of the same name. The second part was composed by Dr. Angus MacDonald.
Leis a’ bhriogas uallaich, horo-o hì
Leis a’ bhriogais uallaich, ho ri ho rò
Briogais an duin’ uasail, horo-o hì
‘S iomadh duine chual i nach robh na còir
Siod a’ bhriogais fhasanta, horo-o hì
Bhriogais a bha agamsa, ho ri ho rò
Bha i muthas fada dhomh, horo-o hì
‘S gad a chanainn farsaing air a h-uile dòigh
‘S chaidh mi chun an tàillier, horo-o hì
‘S gun gearradh e pàirt dhi, ho ri ho rò
Thuirt e airson pàigheadh, horo-o hì
Gun deanadh e dhà air na bh’ innte chlò
Cha robh innt ach diùbhaidh, horo-o hì
B’ fharsuing anns a’ chùl i, ho ri ho rò
Gad a rachadh triùir innt’, horo-o hì
Ghabhadh i co dhiùbh ‘ad, gu brith an còrr
Saoil nach robh i cunnartach, horo-o hì
Nuair a chuir mi umam i, ho ri ho rò
Shaoil iad nach robh duin’ innte, horo-o hì
Gus an cual ‘ad bruidhinn agus thuirt iad "ò"
With the fantastic breeks, horo-o hi
With the fantastic breeks, ho ri ho ro
The gentleman’s breeks, horo-o hi
Many a person heard of them that was not near them
These were the trendy breeks, horo-o hì
The breeks that I had, ho ri ho rò
They were rather long, horo-o hì
And I would say wide in every way
I went to the tailor, horo-o hì
That he would cut some of it, ho ri ho rò
He said that for payment, horo-o hì
He would make two from the amount of cloth
They were worthless, horo-o hì
They were wide in the back, ho ri ho rò
Though three people would go in them, horo-o hì
They would take them and more
Don’t you think they were dangerous, horo-o hì?
When I put them on, ho ri ho rò
People thought there was no one in them, horo-o hì
‘Til they heard talking and said, "Aw"
… is what you need for the beats to work out in your transcription.
Time signature is the issue…
not note length. To get the right time signature I’d have to post it as a 3-2 but the tune is usually played among reels so I posted it as a reel.
It’s phrased so that rhythm matches the lyrics.
So it should be:
T:A Bhriogais Uallach
|:AAAB A2AB AGd2|deee c2Bc dcB2|deee A2AB AGd2|[M:C] eAA2 (G2G)A BA(A2A4):|
[M:3/2]|:aeee edde eeg2|gaaa f2ef gfe2|deAB GAAA Bde2|[M:C]gAA2 (G2G)A Bd(A2A4):|
the ABCs as originally posted ended up with twice as many beats as a measure of 4/4 should have. Changing L:1/16 was a fix for that. Now the measures have been split in two, so that works out, too—at least as far as the math is concerned. I’m not quite sure that squeezing a 3/2 tune into 4/4 serves the piece all that well.
For phrasing’s sake…
I’ve changed it to a 3/2. The ABCs were the same from initial posting up until I changed them to 3/2.
The extra beats in bars 4 and 8 I have posted above are as Dr. Angus MacDonald phrased it. I guess common time isn’t quite right there. 4/2 then?
The Pompous Trousers
I’m playing it as Dr Angus does on "A’ Sireadh Spors", a great tune that has been running round my head for the best past month or so…..
Just to confuse things a little
Here’s the Batties with an arrangement of "A’ Bhriogais Uallach" a commercial job by the looks of it and quite good.