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Tr Nithean Bean A' Chtain Ruaidh
   
Credits: Domhnall MacEacharn; arranged by Anna Murray & Iain F. Macleod
   
Appears On: Tr Nithean
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Cit an robh mo leannan boidheach Where was my beautiful darling
Bean a' chtain ruaidh My lady of the russet coat?
An robh i cas risgt' air an ln Was she barefoot in the meadow
Is drichd an fheir cho fuar? And the dew so cold?
No'n robh i ruith le casan beaga Or was she running around, her little feet
Feadh nam preas 's nam bruach Amongst the bushes and the banks
Gun ghn, gun chlec, gun bhrid, gun bhrig Without gown, without cloak, without scarf, without shoes
Ach ann a ctan ruadh But in her russet coat?
   
Cuailean bidheach 's fiamh an ir dheth Beautiful hair with a hint of gold
'S dath an ris ad ghruaidh And the color of the rose are your cheeks
Suidh leam cmhla 's n mi ran Sit beside me and I'll compose a song
Air do chtan ruadh About your russet coat
Tha'n ctan goirid mar is dlth dha The coat is short, as it should be
Tighinn gu d'ghln a nuas Coming to just above your knee
Ach troidh as bidhche cha do chmhdaich But neither a black nor a russet coat has ever graced
Cta dubh no ruadh Such an elegant foot
   
Rgh, beannaich 's glidh mo leannan Almighty, bless and keep my love
'S cm i fada buan And may she have a long life
A d shil mheallach orm a' fanaid Her two alluring eyes are mocking me
'S a' cur car am dhuan And putting a twist in my song
Nuair bhios airgead ann am phca When I have money in my pocket
Gheibh thu srl thar chuan You'll get silk from abroad
Ach cha bhi srl no soda dhomhsa But silk and satin can never compare
Mar bha'n ctan ruadh To the russet brown coat
   
Cit an robh mo leannan boidheach Where was my beautiful darling
Bean a' chtain ruaidh My lady of the russet coat?
An robh i cas risgt' air an ln Was she barefoot in the meadow
Is drichd an fheir cho fuar? And the dew so cold?
No'n robh i ruith le casan beaga Or was she running around, her little feet
Feadh nam preas 's nam bruach Amongst the bushes and the banks
Gun ghn, gun chlec, gun bhrid, gun bhrig Without gown, without cloak, without scarf, without shoes
Ach ann a ctan ruadh But in her russet coat?