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Updated 02/14/2020

 


There's a Hole in the Boat

Theres a Hole in the Boat (Tha toll air a bhta mhr) is from a piece of mouth music titled The Boat Leaks. Mouth music, puirt beul (literally "tunes from a mouth") is a traditional form of song native to Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

 Puirt beul has sometimes been used for dancing when no instruments were available. Although some people believe that puirt beul derives from a time when musical instruments, particularly bagpipes, were unavailable because they were banned, there is no evidence that musical instruments were banned by the Disarming Acts or the Act of Proscription 1746.
 


 

Lyrics

Chorus
Tha toll air a bhta mhr, tha toll air a bhirlinn,
Tha toll air a bhta mhr, ʼs cha chirich na saoir i.
Tha toll air a bhta mhr, tha toll air a bhirlinn,
Tha toll air a bhta mhr, ʼs cha chirich na saoir i.

Tha aon oirr, tha dh oirr, tha dh oirr, tha tr oirr
Tha ceithir oirr, tha coig oirr, ʼs cha mhr nach eil naoi oirr.
Tha aon oirr, tha dh oirr, tha dh oirr, tha tr oirr
Tha ceithir oirr, tha coig oirr, ʼs cha mhr nach eil naoi oirr.

Mur dan saor a cradh ni n cerd dhomh le staoin e,
Is dubhaidh mi le terr i, ʼS cha dan clr dhi aoidion.
Mur dean saor a cradh ni n cerd dhomh le staoin e,
Is dubhaidh mi le tearr i, ʼS cha dan clr dhi aoidion.

Chorus
Theres a hole in the big boat, theres a hole in the galley,
Theres a hole in the big boat, and the carpenters wont mend it.
Theres a hole in the big boat, theres a hole in the galley,
Theres a hole in the big boat, and the carpenters wont mend it.

There is one in it, there are two in it, there are two in it, there are three in it
There are four in it, there are five in it, there are nearly nine in it.
There is one in it, there are two in it, there are two in it, there are three in it
There are four in it, there are five in it, there are nearly nine in it.

Before a carpenter made the repair, the tinker did it for me with tin,
And I blackened it with tar, And it did not disguise the leak.
Before the carpenter made the repair, the tinker did it for me with tin,
And I blackened it with tar, And it did not disguise the leak.