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Essentially Ishbel Soraidh Leis An Ait
   
Credits: Mary MacPherson; arranged by Ishbel MacAskill, Andy Thorburn & Corrina Hewat
   
Appears On: Essentially Ishbel; Ar Cnan 'S Ar Cel (compilation)
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Soraidh Le Eilean a'Che" on Mairi MacInnes' album Causeway
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Soraidh leis an it Farewell to the place
An d'fhuair mi m'rach g Where I was raised
Eilean nam beann rda Island of the high mountains
Far an tmh an ce Where the mist dwells
Air a moch a dh'ireas Where the sun rises early
Grian nan speur fo rs In a rosy sky
A'fuadach neul na h-oidhche To dispel the shade of night
Soillseachadh an Strr And illuminate the Old Man of Storr
   
Cur m'aghaidh air Glaschu When I headed towards Glasgow
B'airtneulach mo cheum My step was sorrowful
Cur mo chl ri cirdean As I turned away from relatives
Nochd am bigh cho treun Who had shown me so much kindness
Ghluais ar buadhan nduir Our senses stirred
Ann an grdh dha chil' With love for one another
Shruth mo dheir a mhin My voice failed me
Is dh'fhailnich guth mo bheul And I could only shed tears
   
Seallaidhean bu bhragha The eye never saw
Riamh chan fhaca sil Such wonderful sights
Spridh a mach gam feurach As the cattle grazing
Madainn ghrianach, chiin On a quiet sunny morning
'N uiseag air a sgiath The sky-lark on the wing
Seinn gun fhiamh a chiil Singing out its music
'S an ce mu cheann Beinn Tianabhaig The mist about Ben Tianabhaig
Is an sliabh fo dhrichd Its slopes wet with dew