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Grinn Grinn Iain Ghlinn Cuaich
Credits: Arranged by Arthur Cormack, Ingrid Henderson, Hector Henderson, Mary Ann Kennedy, Maggie MacDonald & Ross Martin
Appears On: Grinn Grinn
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
Other Versions: "Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich" on Capercaillie's album Sidewaulk
"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 Iain of Glen Quoich
Fear do choltais cha dual da fs It is not often that one encounters your like
Cl bachlach nan dual That ringletted head of hair
'S e gu camlbach suas gu bhrr Curled right to the roots
'S i do phearsa dheas ghrinn It was your beautiful, handsome appearance
A dh'fhg mi cho tinn le grdh That left me lovesick
'S nach eil cron ort ri inns And there is no fault to be noted
O mhullach do chinn gu d' shil About you from head to toe
Ach an trian dhe do chli I can't begin to express
Cha chuir mise a rin an cill A third of your worth
'S caoimh faiteal dhe d' ghnis Better to catch a glimpse of your face
Na r choille do dhrichd ri grin' Than the new-grown dew-laden forest in sun
Gum b' e miann mo dh shil The desire of my eyes
A bhith 'sealltainn gu dlth a d' dhidh Is to catch close sight of you
'S math a b' airidh mo rn-s' My love deserves a crowned heiress
Air ban-oighre a' chrin fo sgith Under his protection
Iain, Iain a ghaoil Iain, Iain, my love
Cuim' a leig thu mi faoin air chl? Why did you turn your back on me?
Gun ghuth chuimhn' air a' ghaol Without a thought for the love
A bh' againn araon air ts That we once had
Cha tug mise mo spis I never gave my respect
Do dh'fear eile fon ghrin ach thu To any other man under the sun but you
Is cha toir as do dhidh And neither will I
Gus an cirear mo chr 's an ir 'Til my body is beneath the ground
Ged a chinn thu rium fuar Although you have turned cold towards me
Bheil thu Iain, gun truas 's mi 'm chs? Are you, Iain, without pity, and I in this state?
'S a liuthad latha agus uair Despite the many days and times
Chuir thu 'n cill gum bu bhuam do ghrdh You told me our love was forever
Ach ma chaochaill mi buaidh But if my effect on you has changed
'S gun do choisinn mi t' fhuath na t' fhearg And earned your hate or anger
Tha mo bheannachd ad dhidh I still send you my blessing
'S feuch an tagh thu dhut fhin nas fherr And see that you choose a better one for yourself