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Sidewaulk Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Capercaillie
Appears On: Sidewaulk; Live In Concert
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
Other Versions: "Iain Ghlinn Cuaich" on Cliar's album Grinn Grinn
"Iain Ghlinn Cuaich" on Flora MacNeil's album Craobh Nan Ubhal
"Iain Ghlinne Cuaich" on Rachel Walker's album Brighe Loch Iall

Lyrics: English Translation:
O Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich Oh John of Glencuaich
Fear do choltais cha dual da fs It does not seem right that you should be so beautiful
Cl bachlach nan dual Your tresses, in ringlets
'S e gu camlubach suas gu bhrr Are tightly curled to the tips
'S i do phearsa dheas ghrinn Your upright, handsome appearance
A dh'fhg mi cho tinn le grdh Has left me love-sick
'S nach 'eil cron ort ri inns' And you are faultless
O mhullach do chinn gu d'sil From head to heel
Ach an trian dhe do chli But, my love, I cannot relate
Cha chuir mise, a rin an cill One-third of your merits
'S caoimh' faiteal dhe d'ghnis Your presence is more refreshing
Na r choille fo dhrchd re grin Than the sun-kissed, dew-bedecked young trees
Gum b' e miann mo dh shil I long to have you
A bhith sealltainn gu dlth ad dhidh Always within my sight
'S math a b'airidh mo rn-s' My beloved is well worthy
Air ban-oighre a' chrin fo sgith Of defending a royal heiress
Iain, Iain, a ghaoil John, John, my love
Cuim' a leig thu mi faoin air chl Why did you abandon me so completely
Gun ghuth cuimhn' air a' ghaol Without any reminder
A bh'againn araon air ts? Of the mutual love we once shared?
Cha tug mise mo spis I have never loved
Do dh'fear eile fo'n ghrin ach thu Any other man on earth but you
Is cha toir as do dhidh Nor will I ever love anyone else
Gus an cirear mo chr 'san ir 'Til my body is interred in the soil
Ged a chinn thu rium fuar Although your feelings towards me have turned cold
Bheil thu, Iain, gun truas 's mi 'm chs Are you, John, without pity for me in my plight
'S a liuthad l agus chuir When you so often declared
Thu 'n cill gum bu bhuan do ghrdh? Your undying love for me?
Ach ma chaochail mi bhuaidh But if I have changed so in character
'S gun so choisinn mi t'fhuath na t-fhearg That I have earned your hatred and anger
Tha mo bheannachd ad dhidh My blessings still go with you
'S feuch an tagh thu dhuit fhin nas fharr And if you can, try to choose someone better