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Downriver Laoidh Fhearchair Eoghainn
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Donald Shaw, Karen Matheson & Donal Lunny
   
Appears On: Downriver
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
S iomadh fear bidheach Many a beautiful man
'S an Fhraing air a' chmhnard In France on the plain
Tha'n am parantan brnach Their relatives sorrowful
Agus leinte air an sgth And wounded for them
Nach fhaic iad ri' m be iad That will not rise alive from it
Gun cruinneachar iad cmhla Until they awaken together
Bi Fearchar Beag Eghainn Small Fearchar Eoghainn will be
'S an drbh a-measg chich With everyone else amongst the drove
   
Gur mr a bha dhil m I had high hopes
Ri'd fhaicinn 's an dthaich That I would see you in the country
Is gire air do ghnis With a smile on your face
On dh'fhairich thu cisean Coming close to the poet
Nach tig thu gam ionnsaigh You will not be coming to towards me
Bhon dh'fhillig a' chis ort Since the situation failed for you
Mo bheannachd a-null My blessing over
Dhan an ir is bheil thu cnmh To the soil that consumes you
   
'Se dh'fhg mi cho cianail What left me so sad
Bhi cuimhneachadh d'iomhaigh Was remembering your image
Do ghruaidhean bha bragha Your cheeks which were beautiful
Agus sgiamhach le cch And handsome to everyone else
Nach fhaic mi gu siorraidh That I will never see again
Air silleabh an docail Because of the diminishing
Am mr-fhear 'gar h-iarraidh The large man was wanting us
Chuir ceudan gu bs That put many to death
   
Ach sguiridh an Cisear But the Kaiser will finish
Dha innleachdan gleusda With his skillful instruments
Tha balaich 'na dhidh There are boys after him
Chuireas e ann an ss That he will put in custody
Nuair shuidheas na treumhan When they sit in judgement
'S an cinn chuir ri chile And their heads are put together
Bi litir 's a' phipear There will be a letter in the paper
'Ga leughadh ma bhs Where you will read about their deaths
   
Ged dh' fhg iad an dhiochuimhn' Although they may have left you forgotten
Gun fhios d bu chroch dhut Without knowing how you died
Chan fhgar le Dia thu You will not be left with the Lord
Nuair dh'iarrar thu n'ird When you will request upwards
Gun irich le iomhaigh Your image will rise
Mar chunna' mi riamh thu As I always saw you
Bidh do nimhdean le fiamh With the enemies with awe
A' toir fianais mu'd bhs Testifying of your death
   
Na bithinn-sa dlth dhut If I was to be close to you
Nuair thrr iad 'gad ionnsaigh At the point they set about attacking you
Le gunna nach dbailt With a double-barrelled gun
Is e r na mo lmh It is new in my hands
Bhiodh preasadh air fdar Their would be pressing for ignition
Fo bheugaileid risgte Under an unsheathed bayonet
Mas faicinn thu rin Before you see my dear
Is do chl ris an lr With your back to the ground