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Siubhal An Rbhinn Donn
   
Credits: Arranged by James Graham & Mary Ann Kennedy
   
Appears On: Siubhal
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "An Ribhinn Donn" on Capercaillie's album Crosswinds
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Sist: Chorus (after each verse):
Ochin a r 's i mo rbhinn donn Alas oh Lord, she is my brown-haired maiden
Dh'fhag mi fo mh-ghean 'us m'inntinn trom Who left me sad and down-spirited
Gur e a bichead a rinn mo lenadh 'Twas her beauty that wounded me
'S cha bhi mi be gun mo ribhinn donn And I cannot live without my brown-haired maiden
   
Is truagh an drsda nach robh mi'm bhrd 'Tis a pity just now that I was not a bard
A ghleusadh clrsach 's a sheinneadh dn Who could tune a harp and sing a song
'S gun innsinn buadhan na maighdinn uasail And I would relate the virtues of the proud maiden
Mu' bheil mo smuaintean gach oidhche 's l For whom my thoughts are each night and day
   
Mar chanach mintich tha cneas mo luaidh Like moorland bog-cotton is my dear one's skin
Dearg mar chaorann tha dreach a gruaidh Red like the rowan is the color of her cheeks
A beus 's a ndur mar neinean mlda Her virtue and nature like the modest daisy
No sbhrag dh'fhsas fo sgil nam bruach Or a primrose that grows in the shadow of the banks
   
Gur bidheach dualach an cuailean mn How neat, curled is the smooth hair
A th'air a' ghruagaich a bhuair mo chrdh' Of the maid who troubled my heart
Gur binne cmhradh na guth na smeraich Her conversation is sweeter than the song of the thrush
'S tha mise brnach on dh'fhg i mi And I am sad since she left me
   
Ged tha mo ghrian-sa a' triall fo sgle Though my own has disappeared under a cloud
'S mise 'm bliadhna mar ian 's a che And I am this year like a bird in the mist
Togaidh an sgile 's ni ise derrsadh The shadow will lift and she will shine
'S gu'm faigh mi slinte gach l ri'm bhe And I will have health each day of my life