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Cairistiona Cairistiona
Credits: Arranged by George Jackson & Maggie MacInnes
Appears On: Cairistiona
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
Other Versions: "Cairistiona" on Maggie MacInnes' album Peaceful Ground
"Nach Fhreagair Thu, Cairistiona" on Tannas' album R-R

Lyrics: English Translation:
Nach freagair thu Chairistiona? Won't your answer, Cairistiona?
Sist: Chorus (after each verse):
E ho hi hu ru bhi i E ho hi hu ru bhi i
Ho ro o hi ho ho ro ho Ho ro o hi ho ho ro ro
E ho hi hu ru bhi i E ho hi hu ru bhi i
Nam freagrahd gun cluinninn fhin thu If you'd answer, I would hear you
Chi mi luingeas air Caol Ile Ships I see in the Sound of Islay
'S iad ag iarraidh Cairistiona They are seeking Cairistiona
Chan ann gu banais a dheannamh Not to make a wedding for her
Gus a cur's an talamh iseal In deep clay they're going to lay her
Turus a thug mi Ghleann Comhain To Glencoe I once did journey
'N fhairge trom 's an caolas domhain The waves were high, and deep the channel
Chan fhaod mi mo leum a thomhas I cannot judge my leap in distance
Ged a dh'fhaodadh cha dean mi gnothach And if I could, I would gain nothing
Cha bhi Cairistiona romham Cairistiona for me will not be waiting