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Counting the Goats (Cyfrir Giefr)

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Counting the Goats (Cyfri'r Giefr)

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Counting the Goats (Cyfri'R Giefr)
(English translation by William Cole and Peter John Stephens)

Ois gahv-ret-to ois heb by godro      Where is the goat? It's time for milking

Ahr uh craig-yi girewon               Off among the craggy rocks

My-ur hay nov run croo'ee-dro.        The old goat is wand'ring.

Gahv-ruh wen, wen, wen                Goat white, white, white
Ee-uh vin-wen, vin-wen, vin-wen,      With her lip white, lip white, lip white
Voil gun fon-wen, voil gun fon-wen    With her tail white, with her tail white
Ust-lis wen uh chon-fon,              With her tail and flank white,
Wen, wen, wen.                        Goat, goat, goat.
 (faster)                      (faster)
Gahv-ruh wen, wen, wen                Goat white, white, white

Ee-uh vin-wen, vin-wen, vin-wen,      With her lip white, lip white, lip white

Voil gun fon-wen, voil gun fon-wen    With her tail white, with her tail white

Ust-lis wen uh chon-fon,              With her tail and flank white,

Wen, wen, wen.                        White, white white.

Next verse:                Next verse:

Gahv-ruh thee, etc.                   Goat black etc.

Next verse:                Next verse:
Gahv-ruh goch, etc.                   Goat red, etc.

Next verse:                Next verse:

Gahv-ruh lahs, etc.                   Goat blue, etc.

note: A tongue-twister. On the faster repeats of the chorus, follow with all
     the preceding colors, like Old Macdonald.
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Recorded by John Charles Thomas
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