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Blackwater Ar Bhruach Na Carraige Báine
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Curran, Mark Kelly, Ciaran Tourish & Dermot Byrne
Appears On: Blackwater
Language: English & Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic)
Other Versions: "Bruach Na Carraige Báine" on Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill's album Idir An Dá Sholas
"Bruach Na Carraige Baine" on Solas' album The Hour Before Dawn
"Bruach Na Carraige Báine" by Ger Wolfe on the Gaelic Ireland compilation

Lyrics: English Translation:
As I rode out to view the flowers
Being in the morning early
A pretty fair maid I chanced to spy
Her flowers, they grew most neatly
Her cherry cheeks, her ruby lips
Her eyes would tickle a daisy
I took this fair maid by the hand
She said, "Young man, go easy"
I'm a plowboy, my seeds to grow
And that's well known to my neighbors
And many's a field I've plowed indeed
And that's without much labor
I'll plow, I'll sow, I'll reep, I'll mow
I'll gather it into the barn
I'll play a reel and I'll dance with you
On the banks of Carraige Báine
B'fhearr liom fhéin ná Éire mhór I would rather than all Ireland
'S ná saibhreas Rí na Spáinne Or than the wealth of the king of Spain
Mise 'gus tusa a Chúilfhionn óig That you and I, young fair-headed one
Seal ag ól ár shláinte Spend a while drinking our health
Mé's tú bheith pósta araon You and I to be married together
Gan chead tola athair is máthair Without the consent of father or mother
'S a mhaighdean óig is milse póig Young maid of the sweetest kisses
Ar bhruach na Carraige Báine On the banks of the Carraige Báine
I'll spread my mantle for you, young man
If it weren't the breadth of a farthing
If I thought your mind was as good as your word
You know 'tis you I would rather
For want of any company
You need not go no further
But rise me up to the top of the hill
And show me the Carraige Báine