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g-Mhadainn Shamhraidh A Mhic Iain 'Ic Sheumais
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Kathleen MacInnes & Iain MacDonald
   
Appears On: g-Mhadainn Shamhraidh
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Mhic Iain 'Ic Sheumais" on Cliar's album Grinn Grinn
"A Mhic Iain 'Ic Sheumais" on Flora MacNeil's album Orain Floraidh
"'Ic Iain 'Ic Sheumais" on Karen Matheson's album The Dreaming Sea
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
A Mhic Iain 'ic Sheumais Oh son of John, son of James
Tha do sgeul air m' aire Your tale is on my mind
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Latha Blr a' Chithe The day of the battle of the Cith
Bha feum air mo leanabh My child was needed
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o
   
Latha Blr na Fitheadh The day of the battle of the Fith
Bha do line ballach Your shirt was bespattered
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Bha fuil do chuirp uasail The blood of your noble body
Air uachdar an fhearainn Was all over the ground
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o
   
Bha mi fhn ga sghadh I myself was drinking it
Gus na thch air m' anail 'Til it made me gag
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Bha 'n saighead na spred The arrow was protruding
'N corp selta na glaine From your shapely, pure body
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o
   
Bu cheannard ron t-sluagh thu You would be a leader of the people
Dol suas thro thr aineoil Going up through unfamiliar land
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Cha do ghabh thu 'm bristeadh You could not be broken
Lmh leigeadh a faladh Despite the bloodshed
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o
   
On latha thug thu 'n cuan ort From the day you left for sea
Bha gruaim air na beannaibh Even the mountains were gloomy
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Bha snigh' air na speuraibh The skies wept
'S bha na reulta galach The stars were tearful
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o
   
'S cirdeach a Rgh Ledhais My fine, noble lion
Mo lemhann glan, uasal A relation of the King of Lewis
Air farail ail e, air farail ail e Air farail ail e, air farail ail e
Mu Mhac Iain 'ic Sheumais My son of John, song of James
Duine treubhach, smiorail A valiant, vigorous man
Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh Hi h hi ri a bho hi ileadh
Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o Hi ho hi r a bh ro a, hu o hi o