Hey people! 🙂
Today, let’s listen to another piece from this great Scottish harpist and singer, in Scottish Gaelic. This is a really interesting traditional love song from a female perspective. I’ve found a translation of it, which I’ll share below as usual, but if you like this sort of thing or are intrigued by something in the lyrics, I highly recommend you go visit
and read the notes below the translation as there are plenty of little geeky linguistic bits explained about the lyrics.
You are my love and I’ll never deny it
When I was a green young girl
I fell in love with the young man
who had the handsome appearance;
and I will never love another
I went into the forest of trees and branches
and took an interest in a lovely sapling
it is in Glasgow of the shops
that I fell in love with the manly handsome lad.
The most capable fingers that could write with a pen
or tune the strings of a violin;
it is your music that would lift my spirits
when I was ] weary and melancholy
Your beautiful splendid curly locks,
the hair of your head is like the black-bird’s feather;
your two cheeks are the colour of roses
when the dew of the moring’s mist is on them
Your legs are strong and shapely
like a salmon in a crystal clear stream
and it’s absolutely true that I’ve given my love to you
amongst all the people that are in the world.
But I hope and expect
that the day will come when we will be together;
and if you are faithful to me
I shall love no other while I live.