Siuil a Run Lyrics - Clannad

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Siuil a Run

This is a traditional song, one of the "tear your heart out" variety, about a young girl and her Wild Geese who's off to war.

I wish I was on yonder hill
'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill,
And every tear would turn a mill,
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan

[chorus]
Siuil, siuil, siul a run,
Siuil go sochair agus siuil go ciuin
Siuil go doras agus ealaigh lion
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan

I'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reel,
I'll sell my only spinning wheel,
To buy my love a sword of steel
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan.
[chorus]

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I'll dye my petticoats, I'll dye them red,
And 'round the world I'll beg my bread,
Until my parents shall wish me dead,
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan.
[chorus]

But now my love has gone to France,
To try his fortune to advance;
If he e'er comes back, 'tis but a chance,
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan
[chorus]

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain,
I wish I had my heart again,
And vainly think I'd not complain,
Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan
[chorus]

Translation :
Walk, walk, walk, O love,
Walk quickly to me, softly move;
Walk to the door, and away we'll flee,
And safe may my darling be.
I wish I was on yonder hill
'Tis there I'd sit and cry my fill,
And every tear would turn a mill,
Iss go jay toe aviorneen slawn.

Chorus (in phonetic Gaelic)
Shule, shule, shule aroon,
Shule go succir agus, shule go kewn,
Shule go durrus oggus aylig lon,
Iss go jay toe aviorneen slawn.



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Spelling mistakes, typos, and grammatical errors | Reviewer: Kass | 10/26/13

The chorus should read:
Siil, siil, siil a rn,
Siil go socair agus siil go ciin
Siil go dt an doras agus ealaigh liom
Is go dt tu mo mhuirnn sln

The translation is inaccurate because of someone's attempt at making it rhyme in English. It should be:
Walk, walk, walk, O secret love,
Walk softly and walk quickly
Walk to the door, and elope with me.
You are ever my darling. Goodbye/Fare thee well.
(Quite a different thing!)

And the chorus should sound like this:
Chorus (in phonetic Gaelic)
Shule, shule, shule, aroon
Shule go soccer agus shule go kuin,
Shule go gee an durrus oggus aylee lom,
Iss go jay tu ma wirneen slawn.

One could argue that "viorneen" is the southern pronunciation and I'm from the Northwest. But "tu mo mhuirnin" could not ever be pronounced "toe aviorneen" in any dialect and it's likely it's a typo.

Rock, not rod | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/7/09

The line should read, 'I'll sell my rock, I'll sell my reel, I'll sell my only spinning wheel.' It's not about fishing guys, its about the tools the lady uses to spin thread. A 'rock' is a distaff, a reel is used to wind the thread into skeins and the spinning wheel...well...that should be self explanatory.

Siuil a Run | Reviewer: Me | 7/8/08

I like this song. I was glad to find the lyrics to it, especially when I found the Englis translation. I could tell that it was being sung mostly in the Irish Gaelic tongue, but I really wanted to know what was being sung! Anyway, this page is really helpful.

hey | Reviewer: Carolina | 8/11/07

hey, im Carolina. I was readin' the lyrics n i found out that -according to my cds' version- the song goes like this:
I wish I was on yonder hill [...]

I'll sell my rock, I'll sell my reel[...]

Chorus..

i might be mistaken. In that case im sorry lol. dunno my granmother told me it was like that. let me kno :P

best wishes





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