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Éist do bhéal

21 March 2010

By Sinéad Lohan. Shows that Irish language music can, in fact, talk about something other than farming. Original lyrics and translation below.

Ná habair m’ainm leis an bhfear
A labharfaidh im dhiaidh i do chluais,
A bhéarfaidh aniar chugat
Gealach is grian mar dhuais;
Ná habair gur seanascéal é sin
A chuala tú uaim fadó.

Éist do bhéal.
Éist do bhéal is bí ciúin.
Don gcéad uair i do shaol, bí ciúin,
Is éist do bhéal, do bhéilín bán.
Éist do bhéal.

Má chloiseann tú caint
I dtábhairní an bhaile
Gur ghearras-sa mo ghruaig,
Gur duine le Dia mé
A d’imigh ar buile i do dhiaidh
Ná habair gur seanascéal é sin
A chuala tú uaim fadó.

Éist do bhéal.
Éist do bhéal is bí ciúin.
Don gcéad uair i do shaol, bí ciúin,
Is éist do bhéal, do bhéilín bán.
Éist do bhéal.

Má chíonn tú i mbrionglóid
Mé ag siúl cois toinne
Lem stuabhean rua,
Gan fáinne ar mhéar,
Gan scáil ar ár gcraiceann gan smál,
Ná habair gur seanascéal é sin
A chuala tú uaim fadó.

Éist do bhéal.
Éist do bhéal is bí ciúin.
Don gcéad uair i do shaol, bí ciúin,
Is éist do bhéal, do bhéilín bán.
Éist do bhéal.

Translation

Don’t mention my name to the man
Who will whisper in your ear when I’m gone,
Promising you the moon and the stars.
Don’t tell him you heard it all before
A long time ago from me.

Shut your mouth.
Shut your mouth and say nothing.
For once in your life, say nothing.
Just shut your lovely mouth.

If you hear them talking
In the pubs around town,
Saying I’ve chopped off my hair,
That I’ve taken to prayer,
And gone mad since you left,
Don’t tell them you heard it all before
A long time ago from me.

Shut your mouth.
Shut your mouth and say nothing.
For once in your life, say nothing.
Just shut your lovely mouth.

If you see me in your dreams
Walking by the sea
With my red-haired girl,
No ring on her finger
Or shadow on her skin,
Don’t tell them you heard it all before
A long time ago from me.

Shut your mouth.
Shut your mouth and say nothing.
For once in your life, say nothing.
Just shut your lovely mouth.

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