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An Iomall Dheannain Sgradh
   
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Alyth McCormack, Jim Sutherland & Davey Trouton
   
Appears On: An Iomall
   
Language: Gidhlig (Scottish Gaelic)
   
Other Versions: "Dheanainn Sgradh" on Clannad's album Clannad 2
"The Dark-haired Girl" on Mav N Mhaolchatha's album Silver Sea
   

Lyrics: English Translation:
   
Sist: Chorus (after each verse):
Dheannain sugradh ris a nigh'n dubh I would sport with the dark-haired girl
N' deidh dhomh eirigh as a mhaduinn After getting up in the morning
Dheannain sugradh ris a nigh'n dubh I would sport with the dark-haired girl
   
Dheannain sugradh ris a'ghruagaich I would work with her
H-uile uair a bhiodh i agam Every second I was with her
   
'Reef' ga cheangal 's'reef' ga fhuasgladh Tying a reef knot opening a reef knot
Muir m'a guallain, fuaim is fead oirr' The sea at her back noisy and whistling
   
'S trc asheol mi'n Cuan-a-Tuath leat I often sailed the North Sea with her
Le gaoith tuath 's cruaidh-fhrasan With a north wind and strong showers
   
'S trc a bha mi gad stuireadh Often I steered her
Is a' mhuir a'sguireadh na deaca And the sea swamped her decks
   
Null ma Chaolas na Roimh About the Strait of Rome
B' fheudar dhuinn am bm a leaiseadh We had to lash the boom
   
Null ma Chaolas na Fraing About the Strait of France
Maide na laimh's gaoth ga greased Tiller in hand and the wind egging her on
   
Cha robh ropa feum a spleiadhsadh There wasn't a rope needed splicing
Air mo mhaighdeann ri tigh'n dhachaidh On her when we came home
   
Ged a bhiogh e crn an oirleach Although it would be a crown an inch
Dh'fheumadh porsan dheth thigh'n dhachaidh You would need a portion of it coming home