Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Trad Tuesday: Sleepy Maggie performed by Ashley MacIsaac and Mary Jane Lamond


Sleepy Maggie is a traditional song sung in Scots Gaelic. Ashley MacIsaac is a Cape Breton fiddler, not always traditional except in his kilt-wearing (see Conan O'Brien appearance) and Mary Jane Lomand is a Cape Breton singer known for her Gaelic singing. Their recording of Sleepy Maggie was a hit record at the time.

Lyrics:English Translation:
  
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
  
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direachHow can I make a tidy dance
Ciamar a ni mi ruidhle bhoidheachHow can I dance a bonny reel
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direachHow can I make a tidy dance
Dh'fhalbh am prionn as bonn mo chotaThe pin went from the hem of my coat
  
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
  
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direachHow can I make a tidy dance
Ciamar a ni mi ruidhle bhoidheachHow can I dance a bonny reel
Dh'fhalbh am prionn as bonn mo chotaThe pin went from the hem of my coat
DannsaDance
  
O cha bhi mi fo mhuladOh I won't be sad
Nuair thig a' fidhleir, a' fidhleir anochdWhen the fiddler, the fiddler comes tonight
  
Tha nid na circe-fraoicheThe nest of the grouse
'S a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubhIn the black mill, in the black mill
Tha nid na circe-fraoicheThe nest of the grouse
'S a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhraidhIs in the black mill since the summer time
Tha nid na circe-fraoicheThe nest of the grouse
'S a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubhIn the black mill, in the black mill
Tha nid na circe-fraoicheThe nest of the grouse
'S a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhraidhIs in the black mill since the summer time
  
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
'S e togairt dol a dhannsaAnd we expect to go dancing
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
'S e togairt dol a dhannsaAnd we expect to go dancing
  
Tha an crodh a' breith nan laogh__
Anns a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubhIn the black mill, in the black mill
Tha an crodh a' breith nan laogh__
Anns a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhradhIn the black mill since the summer time
Tha an crodh a' breith nan laogh__
Anns a' mhuilinn dubh, 's a' mhuilinn dubhIn the black mill, in the black mill
Tha an crodh a' breith nan laogh__
Anns a' mhuilinn dubh o shamhradhIn the black mill since the summer time
  
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
'S e togairt dol a dhannsaAnd we expect to go dancing
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
Tha 'm muilinn dubh air thuramanThe black mill is moving around
'S e togairt dol a dhannsaAnd we expect to go dancing
  
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
Dannsa, ruidhle, ruidhle bhoidheachDance, reel, a bonny reel
Ruidhle bhoidheach, dannsa direachA bonny reel, a tidy dance
  
Ciamar a ni mi dannsa direachHow can I make a tidy dance
Ciamar a ni mi ruidhle bhoidheachHow can I dance a bonny reel
Dh'fhalbh am prionn as bonn mo chotaThe pin went from the hem of my coat
DannsaDance
  
O cha bhi mi fo mhuladOh I won't be sad
Nuair thig a' fidhleir, a' fidhleir anochdWhen the fiddler, the fiddler comes tonight
Cha bhi mi fo mhuladI won't be sad
Nuair thig a' fidhleir, a' fidhleir anochdWhen the fiddler, the fiddler comes tonight