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Brighe Loch Iall Alasdair Gleanna Garadh
   
Credits: Sileas na Ceapaich; arranged by Rachel Walker
   
Appears On: Brighe Loch Iall
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Alasdair Gleanna Garadh Alasdair of Glengarry
Thug thu 'n diugh gal air mo shilean You have caused me to shed tears today
'S beag iongnadh mi bhith trom chreuchdach Small wonder that I am covered with wounds
'S gur tric gar reubadh as r sinn And that they are repeatedly being burst open
'S deachdar dhomhsa bhith gun osnaich Small wonder that I am filled with deep sighing
'S meud an dosgaich air mo chirdibh Considering all the misfortune that has befallen my friends
Gur tric an t-eug oirnn a' gearradh Death is constantly cutting off from us
Taghadh nan darag as irde The best of the tallest oaks
   
Chaill sinn ionann agus cmhla We lost almost at the same time
Sir Dmhnall 's a mhac 's a bhrthair Sir Donald, his son and his brother
Ciod e' n fth dhuinn bhith gar gearan? What use is it for us to complain over them?
Dh' fhan Mac Mhic Ailean 's a' bhlr uainn Clanranald fell from us on the battlefield
Chaill sinn darag lidir liath-ghlas We have lost a strong gray oak tree
Bha cumail don air a chirdean Who sheltered his friends
Capull-coille bhrr na githsaich A wood grouse from the pinewood
Seobhag sil ghorm lthmhor lidir A blue-eyed hawk, vigorous and strong
   
Bu tu ceann air cill 's air comhairl' You were the leader in wisdom and council
Anns gach gnothach am biodh cram In every activity where responsibility was concerned
Aghaidh shoillear sholta thlachdmhor Bright pleasure and handsome face
Cridhe fial farsaing mun chinneadh Heart generous and liberal with money
Bu tu rogha nan sar-ghaisgeach You were the choice of excellent warriors
Ar guala thaice 's tu a b'fhighail A shoulder to support us, as you were worthy to be
Lemhann smiorail fearail feumail A courageous, manly and effective lion
Ceann feachda chaill Seumais Stibhairt A leader whom James Stewart has lost
   
Bu tu 'n lasair dhearg 'gan losgadh You were a red torch to burn them
Bu tu sgoltadh iad gun siltibh You would cleave them to their heels
Bu tu curaidh cur a chatha You were a hero for waging battles
Bu tu 'n laoch gan athadh limhe You were a champion whose arm never flinched
Bu tu 'm bradan anns an fhor-uisg You were the salmon in fresh water
Freann air an eulaith 's irde The eagle in the highest flock
Bu tu 'n lemhann thar gach beathach You were the lion above all beasts
Bu tu damh leathan na crice You were the broad-antlered stag
   
Guidheam d' anam a bhith sbhailte I pray that your soul may be saved
O na chradh anns an ir thu Now that you have been buried in the clay
Guidheam sonas air na dh'fhg thu I pray for happiness for those you have left
Ann ad ros 's ann ad dhthaich In your home and in your lands
Guidheam do mhac bhith nad ite May I see your son in your place
Ann an saibhreas 's ann an cram In wealth and responsibility
Alasdair Gleanna Garadh Alasdair of Glengarry
Thug thu 'n diugh gal air mo shilean You have caused me to shed tears today