Beautiful Mary (A Mhàiri Bhòidheach)
Chorus: Oh beautiful Mary, darling
Oh beautiful Mary, my love for you is vast.
Oh beautiful Mary, you tormented me,
And left me unhappy with no means of winning your
Oh beautiful Mary, my love for you is
great. I often think of you when I’m alone. Although I
should travel the world over, I will see your living
image at every turn.
It’s a pity that beautiful Mary and I
weren’t in the little, lonely, mist covered glen.
Although I should rule all Europe, my only desire would
be a kiss from beautiful Mary.
Deer will be seen flying across the
skies, fish will be found high on mountain slopes and
black snow will be seen on tree branches before my love
for you will ever change.
All the best for my beautiful Mary,
wherever she may dwell. As long as I live, my wish is
that she will have every happiness.
A Màiri Bhòidheach is a song of unrequited love
built on strong imagery. The admirer Màiri has rejected
places her on a pedestal of beauty and virtue. Even
though sorely disappointed, he concludes his verses with
best wishes for her happiness. It’s been a long time
favourite among Gaelic singers in both Scotland and Cape
Breton. A Màiri Bhòidheach remains popular with singers
around the island.
Guitars: Brad Davidge, Gordie Sampson
Drums: Geoff Arsenault,
Bass: Ed Woodsworth,
Accordion: Kevin Gould,
Percussion: Phil Strong,
Recorded at: Soundpark Studios (Irish Cove,N.S.) by
Jamie Foulds and at Somnambulab by Phil Strong