Celtic Lyrics Corner > Artists & Groups > James Graham > Siubhal > Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda

   
Siubhal Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by James Graham & Mary Ann Kennedy
   
Appears On: Siubhal
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda" on Capercaillie's album Sidewaulk
"Alasdair MacColla" on Clannad's album Lore
"Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda" on Flora MacNeil's album Craobh Nan Ubhal
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Alasdair mhic, ho ho Splendid Alasdair, ho ho
Cholla ghasda, ho ho Son of Cholla, ho ho
As do laimh-sa, ho ho From your arm, ho ho
Dh'earbainn tapachd, trom eile I would expect valor, trom eile
   
Sist: Chorus (after each verse):
Chall eileadh hao, chall o ho ro Chall eileadh hao, chall o ho ro
Chall eileadh hao, chall o ho ro Chall eileadh hao, chall o ho ro
Challa na haor ri ri, chall o ho ro Challa na haor ri ri, chall o ho ro
Haghaidh o ho, trom eile Haghaidh o ho, trom eile
   
As do laimh-sa, ho ho From your arm, ho ho
Dh'earbainn tapachd, ho ho I would expect valor, ho ho
Mharbhadh Tighearn', ho ho Auchinbreck's laird, ho ho
Ach nam Brac leat, trom eile Was killed by you, trom eile
   
Mharbhadh Tighearn', ho ho Auchinbreck's laird, ho ho
Ach nam Brac leat, ho ho Was killed by you, ho ho
Thiolaigeadh e, ho ho And was buried, ho ho
'N oir an lochain, trom eile At the Lochside, trom eile
   
Thiolaigeadh e, ho ho And was buried, ho ho
'N oir an lochain, ho ho At the Lochside, ho ho
Ged bu bheag mi, ho ho Though small I be, ho ho
Thilg mi ploc air, trom eile I cast a sod on him, trom eile
   
Ged bu bheag mi, ho ho Though small I be, ho ho
Thilg mi ploc air, ho ho I cast a sod on him, ho ho
'S chuir siod gruaim air, ho ho Which made gloomy, ho ho
Niall a' Chaisteil, trom eile Neil of the Castle, trom eile
   
'S chuir siod gruaim air, ho ho Which made gloomy, ho ho
Niall a' Chaisteil, ho ho Neil of the Castle, ho ho
'S dh'fhag e lionndubh, ho ho And left his son, ho ho
Air a mhac-san, trom eile Melancholy, trom eile
   
'S dh'fhag e lionndubh, ho ho And left his son, ho ho
Air a mhac-san, ho ho Melancholy, ho ho
'S bha Ni Lachlainn, ho ho Lachlan's daughter, ho ho
Fhin ga bhasadh, trom eile Herself was lamenting, trom eile
   
Chuala mi'n d, ho ho I heard today a tale, ho ho
Sgeul nach b'ait leam, ho ho I did not like, ho ho
Glaschu bheag, ho ho That little Glasgow, ho ho
Bhith na lasair, trom eile Was ablaze, trom eile
   
Glaschu bheag, ho ho That little Glasgow, ho ho
Bhith na lasair, ho ho Was ablaze, ho ho
'S Obair-eadhain, ho ho And Aberdeen, ho ho
Air a chreachadh, trom eile Had been plundered, trom eile