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Learn a Gaelic song - Crodh-laoigh nam bodach

Crodh-laoigh nam Bodach

This is a lovely wee song about an old man and his milking cows. This is a milking song and was used to keep the singer motivated when they were milking the cows. This version is sung by Josie Duncan. Watch the video then learn the song line-by-line. This video was originally filmed for LearnGaelic’s popular social media strand ‘Learn a Gaelic song’ and the format is slightly different.

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We’ll start with learning the first line of chorus.

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach

The old man’s milking cows

Now we have learnt what the words mean. Why don’t we learn how to sing the line?

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach

The old man’s milking cows

The melody of the second line goes:

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach

The old man’s milking cows

The melody of the third line is:

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach

The old man’s milking cows

In the final line of the chorus we find out where the old man’s cows are.

Gan togail ri gleann

Being reared in the glen

And the melody of the line is:

Gan togail ri gleann

Being reared in the glen

If you fancy adding the grace note, go for it:

Gan togail ri gleann

Being reared in the glen

Are you feeling confident? Let’s put all the lines together and start to work on the complete chorus:

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Gan togail ri gleann.

The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
Being reared in the glen

How are you getting on? Let’s learn the verse:

Ma tha, mo thogair

If so, I couldn't care less

Let’s sing the line:

Ma tha, mo thogair

If so, I couldn't care less

Again, this line is sung three times. The second line is

Ma tha, mo thogair

If so, I couldn't care less

Let’s put the third line to the music!

Ma tha, mo thogair

If so, I couldn't care less

The fourth line is:

Chan eil mo chrodh ann

My cows are not there

Let’s sing with Josie:

Chan eil mo chrodh ann

My cows are not there

Let’s sing the whole verse:

Ma tha, mo thogair
Ma tha, mo thogair
Ma tha, mo thogair
Chan eil mo chrodh ann.

If so, I couldn't care less
If so, I couldn't care less
If so, I couldn't care less
My cows are not there

How are you getting on? Let’s sing the second chorus:

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Gan togail ri gleann.

The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
Being reared in the glen

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach - Let's sing!

The whole song together is:

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Gan togail ri gleann.

The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
Being reared in the glen

Ma tha, mo thogair
Ma tha, mo thogair
Ma tha, mo thogair
Chan eil mo chrodh ann.

If so, I couldn't care less
If so, I couldn't care less
If so, I couldn't care less
My cows are not there

Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Crodh-laoigh nam bodach
Gan togail ri gleann.

The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
The old man’s milking cows
Being reared in the glen