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Oighreachd Cnan Nan Gaidheal
   
Credits: Murdo MacFarlane
   
Appears On: Oighreachd
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Canan Nan Gaidheal" by Gaelic Women on the Ar Cnan 'S Ar Cel compilation
"Canan Nan Gaidheal" on Ishbel MacAskill's album Essentially Ishbel
"Cnan Nan Gidheal" by Catherine-Ann MacPhee on the Scotland The Real compilation
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Cha b'e sneachda 'san reothadh bho thuath 'Twas not the snow and frost from the north
Cha b'e crannadh geur fuar bho'n ear 'Twas not the bitterly cold wind from the east
Cha b'e 'n uisge 'san gailleon bho'n iar 'Twas not the rain and the storms from the west
Ach an galair a bhlen bho'n deas But the blight from the south
Blath, duileach stoc agus freumh That withered the blossom, the foliage, the trunk and the root
Canan mo threubh 's mo shluaidh Of the language of my clan and my people
   
Sist: Chorus:
Thig thugainn, thig co-ruim gu siar Come, come with me to the west
Gus an cluinn sinn ann canan nam Fein 'Til we hear the language of the Fingalians
Thig thugainn, thig co-ruim gu siar Come, come with me to the west
Gus an cluinn sinn ann canan nan Gaidheal 'Til we hear the language of the Gaels
   
'S iomadh gille thug greis air a chuibhl' Many's a lad who took a spell on the wheel
'S an dubh-oidhche thog fonn Gidhlig a' chridh Whose spirits were raised by a Gaelic song
'S iomadh gaisgeach a' bhrosnaich sa bhlir Many's a hero was incited to heroism
Gu euchd nuair bu teatha bha'n str When the battle was raging at its hottest
O Ghaidheil, o caite 'n deach d'uail O Gaels, where has your pride
'N ad Chne 's nad chanan 's do thir In your ancestry and your language gone?
   
(Sist) (Chorus)
   
Ged theich i le beath' as na glinn Although it fled for its life from the glens
Ged 's gann an duigh chluinntir nas mo Although it is rarely heard nowadays
O Dhuthaich-Mhic Aoidh fada tuath From the land of Mackay in the far north
Gu ruig thu Druim-Uachdair nam bo Right down to Drumochter of the cattle
Gidheadh dhi na h-eileanan 'Siar Nevertheless in the Western Isles
Bi an claidheamh 's an sgiath 'nad dhrn You'll be armed with sword and shield
   
(Sist 3x) (Chorus 3x)