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Cuilidh Oran Nan Raiders
   
Credits: Finlay Morrison; arranged by ╔amon Doorley, Julie Fowlis & John Doyle
   
Appears On: Cuilidh
   
Language: GÓidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
Air an taobh ud dhen a' Bheinn On that side of a' Bheinn
Fhuair iad fearann ann gun taing No thanks to the wicked one who deceived them
Bhon an h-aingidh rinn am mealladh They got land there
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
Fhad 's a bhios an linn seo be˛ While this generation is alive
Bidh cuimhn' air cainnteanas Lloyd George Lloyd George's speech will be remembered
Gheall e fearann do na se˛id He promised land to the heroes
Ach na thill be˛ dhiubh, 's m˛r an gearain But those who returned alive have much to complain about
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
Nuair a thuig na gillean c˛ir When the good lads realized
Gu robh an Government fo sgle˛ That the government was suspect
'S nach robh cainnteanas Lloyd George And that Lloyd George's words
Ach mar che˛ a' falbh Ó sealladh Were like mist disappearing out of sight
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
Chruinnich iad is fhuair iad pýob They gathered together and found a set of bagpipes
'S am port a chluich iad Morair Sým The tune they played was Morair Sim
'S cha robh fear a bha san sgýr' And there wasn't a man in the district
Nach robh cruinn aig roinn an fhearainn Who wasn't present at the division of the land
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
ThÓinig Raghnall le m˛r-uaill Arrogantly Raghnall, armed with a gun
Le each 's le ghunna dol mun cuairt Appeared on horseback
'S gann a bhruidhneadh e le gruaim So sullen was he, he could hardly speak
Thug e 'n dualchas ud bho sheanair A trait inherited from his grandfather
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
An Dotair Moireach, suas a chli¨ Salute Dr. Murray
Faic mar thagair e sa ch¨is Who prosecuted the matter
Thug e mach iad Ós an t¨r Despite everything
Gu an saors' a dhe˛in 's a dh'aindeoin He managed to get them released from jail
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
Sguiridh mise nis dhem dhÓn I'll now stop my song
'S e mo dh¨rachd sibh bhith slÓn My earnest hope is that you will all be well
Le bhur sabhail mh˛ra lÓn With your great barns full
Leis a' ghrÓn gu Óird nan sparran To the rafters with grain
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are
   
Air an taobh ud dhen a' Bheinn On that side of a' Bheinn
Fhuair iad fearann ann gun taing No thanks to the wicked one who deceived them
Bhon an h-aingidh rinn am mealladh They got land there
O, 's ann tha na di¨lnaich thall Oh what heroes there are