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Soda Ho Ro Chan Eil Cadal Orm
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Ishbel MacAskill & Blair Douglas
   
Appears On: Soda
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Ho R Chan Eil Cadal Orm" on Rachel Walker's album Fon Reul-Sholus
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Ho ro cha'n 'eil cadal orm Ho ro I am unable to sleep
Cha'n 'eil m' air' air slas I cannot think of happiness
Mo chul-thaobh ri cel gire I have turned my back on laughter
Bho'n latha chaidh mo phsadh Since the day I was married
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Bha m'athair is mo mhthair My father, my mother
'S mo bhrithrean uile denach And all my brothers were willing
Mo phsadh ris an t-seann fhear To have me married to the old fellow
O'n bha mi gann do stras Because I had no wealth
Ho ro cha'n 'eil cadal orm Ho ro I am unable to sleep
   
'S e 'n t-r thug an car asam It was gold which deceived me
'S e 'n seann fhear rinn mo bhuaireadh The old man sorely tried me
'S e 'm psadh rinn mo shruch Marriage has distressed me
''S tha bhlth sud air mo ghruaidh-se As you can see from the pallor of my cheek
Ho ro cha'n 'eil cadal orm Ho ro I am unable to sleep
   
'N uair bhitheas cch 's na biltean While others in the townships
'A crathadh an cuid ghntaibh Are flaunting their nightgowns
Bith'dh mise leis an t-seann fhear I lie with the old man
A's srann aig air mo chl-thaobh As he snores behind me
Ho ro cha'n 'eil cadal orm Ho ro I am unable to sleep
   
Comhairl' oirbhs' a chaileagan My advice to you, young girls
An earail seo na diltaibh Do not disregard this caution
Gun tir a dhean' air igh-fhear Is not to despise a young man
Ged bhith's a sporan smhail However tight his purse
Ho ro cha'n 'eil cadal orm Ho ro I am unable to sleep
   
Cha'n 'eil m' air' air slas I cannot think of happiness
Mo chul-thaobh ri cel gire I have turned my back on laughter
Bho'n latha chaidh mo phsadh Since the day I was married
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