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Brighe Loch Iall Iain Ghlinne Cuaich
   
Credits: Arranged by Allan Henderson & Rachel Walker
   
Appears On: Brighe Loch Iall
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich" on Capercaillie's album Sidewaulk
"Iain Ghlinn Cuaich" on Cliar's album Grinn Grinn
"Iain Ghlinn Cuaich" on Flora MacNeil's album Craobh Nan Ubhal
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
O, Iain Ghlinn Cuaich John of Glen Quoich
Fear do choltais cha dual da fs One of your mein is unlikely to appear
Do chl bachlach nan dual Your curly, ringletted hair
'S e gu camlubach suas gu bhrr In twisting coils up to the crown
'S i do phearsa dheas ghrinn Your fine, handsome figure
A dh'fhg mise cho tinn le grdh Has made me ache with love
'S nach eil cron ort ri inns' Since there is no fault to be found in you
O mhullach do chinn gu d' shil From the top of your head to the soles of your feet
   
'S mr mo mhulad mun sgeul Great is my grief for the tale
Seo tha 'n-diugh ann am beul gach neach That is on everyone's lips today
'S e chuir m' acain cho geur What has made the hurt so piercing
Gura sgeul e nach fheud mi chleith Is that it's a tale that I cannot conceal
Thoir an t-soraidh seo bhuam Bear this farewell to the young man
Dh'fhios an fhleasgaich as uaisle dreach Of the noblest appearance
A dh'fhg aicead am thaobh Who has left a pain in my side
Chuir saighead an aoig fo m'chneas Which has put the arrow of death into my breast
   
Ach ged thug mi mo ghaol But although I have given love
Air dhigh is nach faod mi chleith Such that I cannot hide it
Cha b' e gille bochd truagh It was not a poor immature lad
Ris'n do tharraing mi suas mar fhear To whom I was drawn as a spouse
Ach am firan deas r But a fresh, handsome young blade
A dhreadh an stc-bheinn chas Who could climb the steep precipitous heights
Dhanadh fuil air an drichd And would get blood on the dew
Leis a' ghunna nach diltadh srad With the gun that never misfired
   
Iain, Iain a ghaoil John, John, my love
Cuim a chuir thu mi faoin air chl Why did you throw me so lightly aside
Gun chuimhn' air a ghaol With no remembrance for the love
A bha againn araon air ts We had together at the beginning?
'S nach eil fear tha fon ghrin There is no man under the sun
Dhan tug mi mo spis ach thu But you to whom I gave my love
Is cha tabhair ad dhidh Nor will there be after you
Gus an cirear mo chr san ir? Until my body is interred in the earth
   
Ged a chinn thu rium fuar Although you became cold towards me
Bheil thu Iain gun truas 's mi 'm chs Are you without pity, John
'S liuthad l agus chuir For my distress when you declared
Thu 'n cill gum bu bhuan do ghrdh So many times that your love would endure?
Ach ma chaochail mi bhuait But if I have changed in winsomeness
'S gun do choisinn mi d'fhuath no d' fhearg And have earned your hate or your anger
Nis mo bheannachd ad dhidh My blessing goes with you now
'S feuch an tagh thu dhut fhin nas fharr And be sure to choose someone better for yourself