A' Chailin Mhaiseach Dhonn (The Lovely Brown​-​Haired Maiden)

from Leam Fhìn by Calum Macleod

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A gorgeous Gaelic song written by John Maclean about unrequited love, as many of them are! I sang this as one of my Own Choice songs while competing for the prestigious An Comunn Gold Medal, which I won at the 2012 Royal National Mòd in Dunoon.

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A’ ghruagach a’ chùil shnìomhanaich,
Bhean òg is miannach leam,
Do phearsa dhìreach, chumachdail,
‘S i chuir mi ort an geall,
Is maiseach, banail, cliùiteach thu
‘S ro mhodhail aig gach àm,
‘S tha blàth mar dhrùchd na h-iarmailt ort,
Mar dheàrrsadh grèin air fonn.

‘S ann thig an sìod’ am fasan air
do chuailean maiseach donn,
Sùil chorrach a’s glan sealladh leam,
Mar dhearcagan nan tom;
Do ghruaidhean mar na ròsan
‘N uair a bhios iad òg is fann,
‘S do shlios mar fhaoileann mara,
No mar chanach geal nam beann.

Mo chailinn, chruinn, dheas, fhuranach,
Tha urram ort nach gann,
‘S tu thogadh smal is mì-ghean dhìom,
An uair bhiodh m’inntinn trom,
‘S tu dhèanadh tric dhomh ùrachadh
‘S bu shunndach thogadh fonn,
Le guth mar cheòl na fìdhle,
No mar smeòrach bhinn nam beann.
Ceud soraidh slàn thar chuaintean leat,
A’ ghruagach, mhaiseach, dhonn,
Le sùil gum faic mi sàbhailt thu,
Bheir mi mo dhàn gu ceann;
‘S ged chaidh thu fad air astar bhuam,
Do Ghlasachu nan Gall,
‘S i tìr a’ mhurain dhù-ghuirm
A bu dùthchas dhuit bhith ann.

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from Leam Fhìn, released May 22, 2015

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