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...Mairidh Gaol Is Ceol Ailein Duinn
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Mac-talla
   
Appears On: ...Mairidh Gaol Is Ceol
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Ailein Duinn" on Capercaillie's album To The Moon
"Ailein Duinn" on Mav N Mhaolchatha's album Mav
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
'S gura mise th'air mo sgaradh I am tormented
Chaneil sugradh nochd air m'aire I have no thought for merriment tonight
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Chaneil sugradh nochd air m'air' I have no thought for merriment tonight
Ach fuaim nan siantan 's miad na gaillinn But for the sound of the elements and the strength of the gales
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Sist: Chorus:
Hi riri riri ri hu o, horan o o, o hi le bho Hi riri riri ri hu o, horan o o, o hi le bho
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Ach fuaim nan siantan 's miad na gaillinn But for the sound of the elements and the strength of the gales
Dh'fhuadaicheadh na fir bho'n chaladh Which would drive the men from the harbor
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Ailein Duinn a luaidh nan leannan Brown-haired Allen, my darling sweetheart
Chuala mi gun deach thu thairis I heard you had gone across the sea
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Chuala mi gun deach thu thairis I heard you had gone across the sea
Air a' bhata chaol dhubh dharaich On the slender, black boat of oak
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
'S gun deach thu air tir am Manainn And that you have gone ashore on the Isle of Man
Cha b'e siod mo rogha caladh That was not the harbor I would have chosen
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
(Sist) (Chorus)
   
Ailein Duinn a luaidh mo cheile Brown-haired Allen, darling of my heart
Gura h-og a thug mi speis dhut I was young when I fell in love with you
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
'S ann a nochd as truagh mo sgeula Tonight my tale is wretched
'S cha n-e bas a' chruidh 'san fheithe It's not a tale of the death of cattle in the bog
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Ach cho fliuch 's a tha do leine But of the wetness of your shirt
Muca mara bhith 'gad reubach And of how you are being torn by whales
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
(Sist) (Chorus)
   
Ailein Duinn a chiall 's a naire Brown-haired Allen, my dear beloved
Chuala mi gun deach do bhathadh I heard you had been drowned
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
'S truagh a Righ nach mi bha laimh riut Alas, oh God, that I was not beside you
Ge be tiurr an dh'fhag an lan thu Whatever tide-mark the flood will leave you
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
Dh'olainn deoch, ge b'oil le cach e I would take a drink, in spite of everyone
A dh'fhuil do chuim 's tu 'n deidh do bhathadh Of your heart's blood, after you had been drowned
Ailein Duinn o hi shiubhlainn leat Brown-haired Allen o hi shiubhlainn leat
   
(Sist 2x) (Chorus 2x)