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Soda Thig An Smerach As t-Earrach
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Ishbel MacAskill
   
Appears On: Soda; Gaelic Scotland (compilation)
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Thig An Smeorach As t-Earrach" on Maggie MacInnes' album Peaceful Ground
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Thig an smerach a's t-Earrach The thrush will come in spring
Thig a' chuthag 's a'Chitinn The cuckoo will come in May
Bi gach eun anns a'choille And every bird in the forest
Cumail coinneamh le chile Will meet together
Seinn ciil air bhrr chrannaibh Singing in the treetops
'S air bharraibh nan geugan And on the tips of the branches
Agus mise 's mo leannan And my sweetheart and I
Dol na's fhaide bho chile Grow further apart
   
Tha mo chion air fhleasgach I adore the man
Dhonn leadanach bhidheach With the lovely brown curls
Dhe'n a chinneadh nach strochdadh Of the clan which is unyielding
'S e de dh'fhor fhuil Chlann Dmhnaill He's of the true blood of Clan Donald
'S mr gum b'fharr dhomh bhi agad I would far rather be with you
Le beagan de stras With little money
Na le buaile chrodh ballach Than have a fold of speckled cattle
Agus balach nach b'elach And an inept boy
   
Comhairl' bherinns' air caileig I would give this advice to a girl
Gun bhith amaideach grach Not to be foolish and stupid
Gun i thoirt a gaol falaich Not to give her secret love
Do bhalach nach b'elach To an inept boy
Bi e briathrach ri tighinn He'll come with beguiling words
'S bi a chridhe na ridean And his heart leaping
'S bi a shil as a dheidhidh And his eyes will look behind him
Ach c a roghainn a's bidhche To find the prettiest choice