Alba

This song “Alba” has been performed by Runrig for years but this clip is from the BBC’s lauch of a new channel, BBC Alba (which actually has been running for a while now).  Even although I don’t know Gaelic, this touched my heart.  I’ve included the words to the song in both Gaelic and English after the video.  I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Alba
Scotland

Air
sgiath a’ seoladh nan neoil
‘S an domhain liath
Mar dhealbh a’ tighinn beo
tro na sgothan
‘S mi a’ tilleadh gu tir

Alba nam beanntan ard
Nan
acraichean lom
Thairis air na lochan mointich
Nan coilltean ‘s nan
gleann

Alba

Alba

Ach ‘se sealladh leointe is gann
Tha an
seo aig ceann thall an linn
Talamh alainn nan daoine
Fhathast an lamhan
duine no dithis

Cuibhlean stolda mu dheas
Na fasaichean a tuath
An
taigh-mor falamh an Dun-Eideann
Gun chumhachd gun
ghuth

Alba

Alba

Sibhse chuir achadh ri achadh
Taigh ri
taigh
Gus nach bi ait anns an tir
An gabh sibh comhnaidh air
leth

Ach ‘s math dhomh bhith seo an drasd
A cur failt air a’
bhlas
‘San tir a tha cho ur dhomh an diugh
Is a bha i nuair bha mi ‘nam
phaisd

Alba

Alba

-oOo–

This flight is
sailing through the clouds
And the blue heavens
The homeland appears like
a developing photograph
Through the mists as I return to land
I see
Scotland of the high mountains
And the empty acres
Flying low across the
moorland lochs
The forests and the
glens

Scotland

Scotland

But it’s a wounding and a hollow
sight
Here as we reach the end of the century
The beautiful soil of the
people
Still in the hands of the few

I see the wheels of industry at a
standstill
And the northern lands wasted
And the empty house in
Edinburgh
Without authority or
voice

Scotland

Scotland

You that have laid field upon
field
House upon house
Till there be nowhere for you to be placed
alone
In the midst of all the earth
But it is good for me to be here
now
As I welcome the warmth
In this land that’s as exciting for me
today
As it was the day I was born

Scotland

Scotland

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4 thoughts on “Alba

  1. I love the video, there are many places in it where we have been and i like to go back to.
    Thank you for the lyrics in both Caelic and English.

    Have a good weekend,

    Hugs Yvon.

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