Sliabh Geal gCua

Lyrics

Ó a Shliabh geal gCua na féile, is fada uait i gcéin mé
Im shuí cois cuain im aonar go tréithlag faoi bhrón
An tuile bhuí ar thaobh díom dir mé gus tír mo chléibhe
Is a Shliabh geal gCua na féile nach géar é mo sceol?

Dá mbeinnse i measc mo ghaolta i Sceichín glas na séimhfhear
Nuair a scaipeann teas na gréine ó spéir gheal gan smál
Nó dá mbeinnse ansiúd fén réaltain nuair a thiteann drúcht ar fhéar ann
Ó a Shliabh geal gCua nár dhéirc sin dá m fhéidir é fháil

Sé mo léan nach bhfuair mé tógaint le léann is mórchuid eolais
I nGaoluinn uasal cheolmhar ba sheolta mo bhéal
Ó thabharfainn cuairt thar sáile is thabharfainn bua thar barr chugat
Mar a Shliabh geal gCua ba bhreá liom thú ardú fé réim

Mo ghrása thall na Déise, dir bhánta, ghleannta is shléibhte
Ó shnámhas anall thar tréanmhuir táim tréithlag gan bhrí
Ach ó b áil le Dia me ghlaoch as, mo shlánsa siar go hÉirinn
Agus slán le Sliabh na Féile le saorghean óm chroí
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O bright Sliabh gCua of the welcomes
You are far from me, my home
As I sit, I am weak with sorrow
Here by this sea alone
The golden tide just by me
Is twixt me and my hearts land
O bright Sliabh gCua of the welcomes
My story is not so grand

Were I among my own folk
Kindly men in Skeheens green
Where the heat of the sun is scattered
From a sky of flawless sheen
Oh, were I now beneath the stars
As dew falls on grass there
Oh, you bright Sliabh gCua
Twould be an gift so rare

Oh, I am sad that I wasnt reared
With learning and with art
In the noble melodious Irish tongue
My mouth would have its part
And I would go back across the sea
And I would give you pride
And I would love to see, Sliabh gCua
Your fame go worldwide

There is my love, the Decies
Every meadow, hill and vale
Since I came oer the mighty sea
I have grown weak and pale
But since God Himself has called me here
My greetings go back home
Back to that hill of welcomes
From my heart, with love alone


Notes

The song from West Waterford was written by Pádraig Ó Miléadha (1877 1947).


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County

Waterford

Song Themes

Emigration

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