Méav

Méav
1998/ Re-release 2006

1. Ailein Duinn
2. I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
3. She Moved Through The Fair
4. Solveig's Song
5. Im A Doun
6. I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
7. Sí Do Mhaimeó Í
8. Since You And I Were True
9. The Death Of Queen Jane
10. Close Your Eyes
11. One I Love
12. Celtic Prayer

Added: Some CDs have Dante's Prayer instead of The Death of Queen Jane
7. Dante's Prayer






Ailein Duinn
Gura mise tha fo éislean How sorrowful I am
Moch sa mhaduinn is mi g'éirigh Early in the morning rising
   
Chorus (after each verse):
Ò hì shiùbhlainn leat Ò hì, I would go with you
Hì ri bhò hò ru bhì Hì ri bhò hò ru bhì
Hì ri bhò hò rinn o ho Hì ri bhò hò rinn o ho
Ailein Duinn, ò hì shiùbhlainn leat Brown-haired Alan, ò hì, I would go with you
   
Ma 's'en cluasag dhuit a ghaineamh If your pillow is the sand
Ma 'se leabaidh dhut an gheamainn If your bed is the seaweed
   
Ma 's en t-iasg do choinlean geala If the fish are your bright candles
Ma 's e na ròin do luchd-faire If the seals are your watchmen
   
Dh'òlainn deoch ge boil le càch e I'd drink, though all abhor it
De dh'fhuil do choim 's tu 'n déidh do bhathadh Of your heart's blood after your drowning

 

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls
With vassals and serfs at my side
And of all who assembled within those walls
That I was the hope and the pride
I had riches to great to count, could boast
Of a high ancestral name
But I also dreamt, which pleased me most
That you loved me still the same
That you loved me, you loved me still the same
That you loved me, you loved me still the same

I dreamt that suitors sought my hand
That knights upon bended knee
And with words no maiden's heart could withstand
They pledged their faith to me
And I dreamt that one of that noble host
Came forth my hand to claim
But I also dreamt which charmed me most
That you loved me still the same
That you loved me, you loved me still the same
That you loved me, you loved me still the same

 

She Moved Through The Fair
My young love said to me, "My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind"
Then she stepped away from me and this she did say
"It will not be long, love, 'til our wedding day"

She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her move here and move there
Then she made her way homeward with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake

 

Solveig's Song
The winter may pass and the spring disappear
And the spring disappear
The summer, too, will vanish and then the year
And then the year
But this I know for certain, that you'll come back again
That you'll come back again
And even as I promised, you'll find me waiting then
You'll find me waiting then

Yes, even as I promised, you'll find me waiting then
You'll find me waiting then

 

Im A Doun
I'm a doun, doun, doun
I'm a doun for lack of Johnny
Came, Johnny came, I was ill
I'm sure he would come to me
But what if he's forsaken me?
Ochon, what will come of me?

 

I Wish My Love Was A Red Red Rose
I wish my love was a red, red rose growing in yon garden fair
And I to be the gardener, of her I would take care
There's not a month throughout the year, but my love I'd renew
I'd garnish her with flowers fine, sweet William, Thyme and Rue

I wish I was a butterfly, I'd light on my love's breast
And if I was a blue cuckoo, I'd sing my love to rest
And if I was a nightingale, I'd sing the daylight clear
I'd sit and sing with you, Molly, for once I loved you dear

I wish I was in Dublin town and seated on the grass
In my right hand, a jug of punch, and on my knee, a lass
I'd call for liquor freely and I'd pay before I'd go
I'd roll my Molly in my arms, let the wind blow high or low

 

Sí Do Mhaimeó Í
Chorus:
'Sí do mhaimeo í, 'sí do mhaimeo í She's your granny, she's your granny
'Sí do mhaimeo í cailleach an airgid She's your granny, the hag with the money
'Sí do mhaimeo í ó Bhail' Iorrais Mhóir í She's your granny from the town of Iorrais Mór
'S chuir-feadh sí cóistí 'r bhóithre Chois Fharraige And she would put coaches on the roads of Cois Farraige
   
'bhFeicfeása 'n "steam" 'ga'l siar Tóin Uí Loing' If you'd see the steam boat going past Tóin Uí Loing'
'S na rothaí gh'l timpeall siar óna ceathrúnaí And the wheels turning speedily at her flanks
Caithfeadh sí'nstiúir naoi n-uair'ar a cúl She'd scatter the store nine times to the rear
'S ní choinneodh sí siúl le cailleach an airgid But she never keeps pace with the hag with the money
   
(Chorus)
   
'Measann tú 'bpósfa, 'measann tú 'bpósfa Do you reckon he'd marry, do you reckon he'd marry
'Measann tú 'bpósfa cailleach an airgid? Do you reckon he'd marry the hag with the money?
Tá 's a'm nach 'bpósfa, tá 's a'm nach 'bpósfa I know he'll not marry, I know he'll not marry
Mar tá sé ró-óg 'gus dólfadh sé'n t-airgead Because he's too young and he'll drink the money
   
(Chorus)
   
'S gairid go 'bpósfa, 's gairid go 'bpósfa We'll soon have a wedding, we'll soon have a wedding
'S gairid go 'bpósfa beirt ar an mbaile seo We'll soon have a wedding by two in the village
'S gairid go 'bpósfa, 's gairid go 'bpósfa We'll soon have a wedding, we'll soon have a wedding
Séan Shéamais Mhóir agus Máire Ní Chathasaigh Between Séan Séamais Mór and Máire Ní Chathasaigh
(Repeat)
   
(Chorus twice)

 

Since You And I Were True
We might as well lie down, love
Lie down and close our eyes
We might as well go walking
In the country of the blind
The long grass is grown
And all the birds flown
To their homes away in the blue
And nothing's left the same
The whole world is changed
Since you and I were true

And how can a story be ended
When it didn't hardly begin?
How can my glass be so empty
When it's filled up to the brim?
And it wasn't always so
It didn't always go
We had something better to do
And it didn't always rain
Every single day
When you and I were true

In a country where we are headed, love
There is nothing but rocks and stones
No friendly plant or animal
No angel to guide you home
Until some day you'll find
In the country of the blind
Some wonder just like you
And the singing of a bird
That nobody has heard
Since you and I were true

We might as well lie down, love
Lie down and close our eyes
We might as well go walking
In the country of the blind
The long grass is grown
And all the birds flown
To their homes away in the blue
And nothing's left the same
The whole world is changed
Since you and I were true

 

The Death Of Queen Jane
Queen Jane lay in labor full nine days or more
'Til her women were so tired, they could no longer there
They could no longer there

"Good women, good women, good women as ye be
Will you open my right side and find my baby
And find my baby?"

"Oh no," cried the women, "That's a thing never can be
We will send for King Henry and hear what he may say
And hear what he may say"

King Henry was sent for, King Henry did come
Saying, "What do ail you, my lady? Your eyes, they look so dim
Your eyes, they look so dim"

"King Henry, King Henry, will you do one thing for me?
That's to open my right side and find my baby
And find my baby"

"Oh no," cried King Henry, "That's a thing I'll never do
If I lose the flower of England, I shall lose the branch too
I shall lose the branch too"

There was fiddling, aye, and dancing on the day the babe was born
But poor Queen Jane beloved lay cold as the stone
Lay cold as the stone

Adew adew, my heart is lost
Adew, my joy and my solace
With double sorrow, complain I must
Until I die, alas, alas
Until I die, alas, alas
(Repeat)

 

Close Your Eyes
Chorus:
Close your eyes, my love, my own
My precious child, mo stóirín

Dún do shúil, a rún mo chroí Close your eyes, oh love of my heart
Is gheobhair feirín amárach And you will get a present tomorrow

The summer's come with warmth and sun
The grainy leaves are growing
Softly sleep while watch I keep
The breezes gently blowing

(Chorus)

Your father comes across the land
With gifts for you and for me
Ducks and eggs in either hand
And freshest fish from Tra Li

Dún do shúil, a rún mo chroí Close your eyes, oh love of my heart
A chuid den tsaol, 's a ghrá liom My worldly joy, my treasure
Dún do shúil, a rún mo chroí Close your eyes, oh love of my heart
Agus gheobhair feirín amárach And you will get a present tomorrow

(Chorus)

 

One I Love
One I love, two she loves
Three she's true to me
All of my friends fell out with me
Because I kept your company
But let them say whatever they will
I love my love with a free good will

One I love, two she loves
And three she's true to me
They tell me he's poor, they tell me he's young
I tell them all to hold their tongue
If they could part the sand from the sea
They never could part my love from me

One I love, two she loves
Three she's true to me
When I'm awake, I find no rest
Until his head lies on my breast
When I'm asleep I'm dreaming of
My own, my dear, my one true love

One I love, two she loves
Three she's true to me
When the fire to ice will run
And when the tide no longer turns
And when the rocks melt with the sun
My love for you will have just begun

One I love, two she loves
Three she's true to me
One I love, two she loves
And three she's true to me

 

Celtic Prayer
When is the hour at the end of the day
That we must take the time to pray?
And certain song our hearts do say
Our children had a better life today

Now is the hour at the end of the day
That we must take the time to pray
And certain song our hearts do say
Our children had a better life today

Our song and dance will bring us peace today




Dante's prayer

Chant:
Flos Carmeli,
vitis florigera,
splendor caeli,
Virgo puerpera
singularis.

Mater mitis,
sed viri nescia,
Carmelitis,
esto propitia,
Stella maris

When the dark wood fell before me
And all the paths were overgrown
When the priests of pride say there is no other way
I tilled the sorrows of stone

I did not believe because I could not see
Though you came to me in the night
When the dawn seemed forever lost
You showed me your love in the light of the stars

Chorus:
Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

Then the mountain rose before me
By the deep well of desire
From the fountain of forgiveness
Beyond the ice and the fire

(Chorus)

Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We'll rise above these earthly cares

(Chorus)

Please remember me
Please remember me, ...
(Chant)









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