Fhear A Bhata

from Strangers at the Gate by Stranger Ways

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"Fhear A Bhata" is a 19th-century Scottish ballad written by a young woman courting a fisherman.

The words "Fhear a' bhàta na hóro eile," repeated three times in each chorus, mean, as far as we can tell, "O my boatman, na hóro eile."


How often haunting the highest hilltops
I scan the ocean, a sail to see
Will it come tonight, love, will it come tomorrow
Will it ever come, love, to comfort me?

Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
Fhear a' bhàta, na hóro eile
O fare the well, love, where e'er thee be

They call thee fickle, they call thee false one
And seek to change me, but all in vain
For thou art my dream yet through the dark night
And every morning, I watch the main


There's not a hamlet, too well I know it
Where you go wand'ring or stay awhile
But all its old folk you win with talking
And charm its maidens with song and smile


Dost thou remember the promise made me?
That tartan plaid, that silken gown
That ring of gold with thy hair and portrait
That gown and ring I will never own?



from Strangers at the Gate, released January 15, 2011


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