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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!


4 Comments

we sang ‘Ar ben y garreg wen’ together with ‘yn chwarae jim cro’
what was the possible connection with the jim crow laws? the link to the bbc is now dead…

Posted by Ej on October 14, 2017

I remember this from infant school in Wales..I didnt know what the words meant, but loved singing it about 1959..

Posted by Jentaff on September 03, 2017

I can remember my dad teaching me these as a child Im now 51 and still remember them. Sadly my passed on 18th March 2017 age 86.

Posted by Joanne on March 30, 2017

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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