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Mwynhewch y gorau o Gymru - Enjoy the very best of Wales!

06 Mar

Dacw mam yn dwad - Welsh Folk Nursery Rhyme

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Here is an old Welsh nursery rhyme for Mothering Sunday! Do you remember it? The lyrics are quite strange but children enjoy singing it. Here is a link to it being sung. Why not share with your mam?

Dacw mam yn dwad
Ar ben y Gamfa Wen,
Rhywbeth yn ei ffedog,
A phiser ar ei phen.
Y fuwch yn y beudy
Yn brefu am y llo,
A’r llo’r ochor arall
Yn chwarae Jim Cro
Jim Cro Crystyn
Wan, tŵ, ffôr,
A’r mochyn bach yn eistedd
Mor ddel ar y stôl.
Here's Mummy coming
Over the white stile,
Something in her apron
With a pitcher on her head.
The cow is in the cow shed
Lowing for her calf,
And the calf is on the other side
Playing Jim Crow.
Jim Crow Crust
One, two and four,
And the little pig is sitting
Pretty on the stool.

Jim cro was a card game popular with the Welsh miners during their lunch breaks. It has also been linked to awful 'Jim Crow' Laws in America, a brutal segregation of black and white people. You can read the BBC Wales news story here

There is another version of the song with yn gweiddi 'Jim Cro' (shouting 'Jim Crow') or 'Ar Ben y garreg wen' (over the white stone) which one do you remember? As these songs were passed from generation to generation by word of mouth there are often many variations. There are often differences between North and South Welsh songs too.

These old folk songs are often very mysterious - which makes them so fascinating!


Hia Becca,sut wyt ti? yes i do remember this nursery rhyme very well and also another one. Mi welais Jac y Do yn eistedd ar y to,het wen ar eu ben a dwy goes bren, ho ho ho ho ho ho!
I would think Ann remembers it?
Cariad Wendy x

Posted by wendy mckee on March 07, 2013

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