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R-R Mairead Nan Cuiread
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Tannas
  a) Mairead Nan Cuiread
b) The Bob Parsons Strathspey
   
Appears On: R-R
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: a) "Mairead Nan Cuiread" on Anna Murray's album Into Indigo
"Tha Mulad" on Sleas' album Delighted With Harps
"Tha Mulad, Tha Mulad" on Whistlebinkies' album Timber Timbre
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Tha mulad, tha mulad Sadness, sadness
Tha lionn-dubh arm fhin Deep melancholy is mine
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Tha de mhingin air m'aire There's much despair in me
N nach aidich mo bheul That my mouth can't confess it
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
M'an ganach ghasda r About the fine youth
Mharcach nan steud Young rider of the steeds
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
M'an taca seo 'n uiridh Around this time last year
Bu thoil leat m' fhuran ro cheud You liked my banter above hundreds
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Cha mh ort mi'n bladhna This year you like the birds
Na eunlaith nan speur Of the air as much
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Chan inns mi dha m' phiuthair I wouldn't ever tell my sister
Meud mo chumh as do dhidh How much I mourn you
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Na dha m' mhthair a rug mi Or the mother who bore me
Chuir mi cudthrom 'na ceum I made her step heavy
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Tha sac trom air mo chridhe There is a heavy load on my heart
Nach tog fdheall nan teud That no stringed fiddle will lift
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Ach a Mhairead nan cuiread But wily Margaret
'S dn a chuir tha arm breug Boldly you slandered me
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Thilg thu arm-sa mar aileis You cast up to me in slander
Nach b'uilear dhomh 'm brid That I needed a snood
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Gu robh leanabh am pasgadh That there was a child
Fo asna mo chibh Hidden behind my ribcage
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Cuim nach innseadh tu'n fhrinn Why couldn't you tell the truth
Mar a dh'innsinn ort fhin As I would about you
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Ann an lthair mo thighearn In the presence of my Lord
Far am bithinn 's tu ridh Where you and I would be on equal terms
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Thilg thu arm-sa mar dhearrais You cast up to me, for spite
Gu robh m'athair an is That my father was poor
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
Cha b'ionnan dha m'athair My father was different
'S dha d' athair-sa fhin From your father
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
Cha b'ionnan dha'n taighean And their houses were different
'N m laighe do'n ghrin At the time of sun setting
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann
   
'S ann a gheibhte 'n taigh d'athar-s' In your father's house
Cinn is cnamhan an isg Heads and bones of fish were to be found
H r hoireann , h r hoireann H r hoireann , h r hoireann
'S ann a gheibhte 'n taigh m'athar-s' In my father's house
Cinn is casan an fhidh Heads and feet of deer
H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann H r r r o ho, roho h hoireann