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Nuair Bha Mi g Nach Gorach Mi Gad Chaoineadh
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Arthur Cormack
   
Appears On: Nuair Bha Mi g
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Nach Grach Mi Gad Chaoineadh" on Flora MacNeil's album Orain Floraidh
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Nach gorach mi gad chaoineadh How foolish I am to pine for you
'S nach caoineadh tu mi When you wouldn't pine for me
'S ro ghorach thug mi gaol dhut Foolishly I gave my love to you
'S gum faod thu bhith gam dhith And you can live without me
Ma's e lugh'd mo storais If it is my diminishing wealth
A dh'fhag do dheoin gam dhith Which left you unwilling
O 's fheudar dhomh bhith beo I must live
Ged nach posadh tu mi Although you will not marry me
   
Ged gheibhinn 's an Roinn Eorpa Though I would have Europe
Na bheil de storas innt' And all the wealth it contains
Ged gheibhinn siud air m' ordugh Though I would have that at my command
Is aite comhnaidh innt' And a place to live
Ged gheibhteadh am Dhiuc mi Although I were made a Duke
'S ged chruinteadh mi a m' Righ Or crowned King
O b'fhearr a bhith riut posda I'd rather be married to you
Mur diultadh tu mi If you were not to refuse me
   
'S i mo ghaols' an og-bhean My love is the fair young woman
As boidhche na cach More beautiful than all others
Do chul daidht' an ordugh Your fair, neat tresses
Mar neoinean a' fas Like daisies grown
Mo ghaols' a' mhaighdeann bhoidheach My love, the beautiful maiden
O'n tig an comhradh bhlath Of warm conversation
Nan gealladh tu mo phosadh If you would promise to marry me
Gum beo mi o'n bhas I would be spared from death
   
Gur mise tha fo ghruaimean I am sorrowful
'S nach gluais mi rium fhin And I cannot motivate myself
Mu'n ghaol thug mi do'n ghruagaich For the love I gave to the girl
Gun duais dhomh d'a chinn With no sign of reward
Ma bheir fear eile bhuam thu If someone takes you from me
Nach truagh a bhios mi I will be dejected
O b'fhearr a bhith 's an uaigh I'd rather be in the grave
Na thu 'luaidh, bhith gam dhith Than be without you, my love