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The Blood Is Strong An t-Eilean Mu Thuath
   
Credits: John MacCleod
   
Appears On: The Blood Is Strong
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
An t-eilean mu thuath, an iomull a' chuain The isle to the north, by the edge of the ocean
An t-eilean 's an d'fhuair mi m'rach The isle where I was brought up
Far an d'fhuair mi 's mi g bainne forghlan ri l Where I got when young the purest milk to drink
'S bha m'anam tigh'nn be 's a' fs leis And my soul came alive and grew with it
   
An t-eilean a tuath, an t-eilean tha fuar The isle to the north, the island that's cold
'Se Ledhas bho thuath mo ghridh e It is Lewis, the isle of my love
Far nach cluinn mi ri m'bhe bhi sealg no bhi 'g l Where I'll never hear hunting or drinking
No lmhadh no rd air an t-Sbaid Or chopping or hammering on the Sabbath
   
Nach mis' tha gu truagh gu trsach 's fo ghruaim I am very sad, depressed and poor
Bho chuir mi ri tuath mo chlaibh Since I turned my back on the north
Nuair choisich i dan chuir i curs' oirre 'n iar When the boat got underway she set a course for the west
'S thug dorchadas dhomsa Mirneag And darkness swallowed up the hill of Muirneag
   
Chan eil math domh no stth bhi tuiream 's a' chs It won't do me any good to lament my state
Chan aithreachas trth a th'ann domh My feeling of remorse is not new to me
Chan urrainn mi snmh gu cuideachd mo ghridh I can't swim across to the people of my affections
No coiseachd air trigh do Ledhas Or walk on the shore of Lewis
   
An t-eilean mu thuath, an iomull a' chuain The isle to the north, by the edge of the ocean
An t-eilean 's an d'fhuair mi m'rach The isle where I was brought up
Far an d'fhuair mi 's mi g bainne forghlan ri l Where I got when young the purest milk to drink
'S bha m'anam tigh'nn be 's a' fs leis And my soul came alive and grew with it