SIOD MAR CHAIDH AN CÀL A DHOLAIDH

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LYRICS

Siod Mar Chaidh an Càl a Dholaidh
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Notes:

1-  CH is pronounced like the ‘ch’ in Bach.

2-  Some words, like the ‘mh’ of mhin, or the ‘bh’ of ‘gabhail’, sound

like a very tight ‘V’ sound, as if saying a V by starting with your lips together. But don’t try to make a B sound.
Any ‘v’ in the pronunciation guide that’s underlined should be this tight kind of V.
So ‘gabhail’ should sound like “gah-vel”, where the V is almost a B.

 

3-  The second word in verse 1and 2, “dhuinn” is pronounced “goin”, rhyming exactly with the English word “coin”.
 
 

CHORUS

Siod mar chaidh an cal a dholaidh 

Shid mar Kye an cal a golly

So mar chaidh an cal a dholaidh,
Shah mar Kye an cal a golly

Laidh a’ mhin air mas a’ choir-e’
Lie a vin-air, mass a CHoy-reh

S bean antighe dannsa
S-ben an-tie-eh down-sa.

VERSE 1

Latha dhuinn mu am na buana 

Lah-ha goin moo am na bwan-a

‘S cuideachd ghrinn de ghillean uallach;
Skoot-chuct grin jeh gill-yan oo-laCH

Suidhmu’n bhord ag ol na cuaiche.
Sooy-moon vord ack all nah koo-eeCH

An tighosd’ air Galldach.
An tie-ost air goll-doCH.


VERSE 2

Air dhuinn greis bhi gabhail orain, 

Air goin graysh vee gah-vel or-ehn,

‘S tacan eil’ ri sgeulan gorach;
Stah-kan ail ree skale-an goor-aCH;

Chuir Rob Cam a’ phiob an ordugh,
Choor Rob Cam ah feep an or-duCH,

‘S thoisich chid ri dannsa.
Ss-hos-eech Kooch ree down-sa

Translation (paraphrased)

 
CHORUS
That’s how the cabbage was spoiled
This is how the cabbage was spoiled
The flour was lying on the bottom of the pot
and the woman of the house was dancing
 
VERSE 1
One day around harvest time
A dhandsome company of lively young lads
were sitting around a table – drinking from a bowl
In a tavern in the Lowlands.
 
VERSE 2
After a while of singing songs
and another short stretch of foolish stories
One-Eyed Rob tuned his pipes
and some began to dance

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