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9. The Fair Haired Youth 5:02

The Vallelys, a renowned musical family from the north of Ireland, of whom Killian is a member, have a long and celebrated history as part of the musical heritage of County Armagh. Cillian learned this wonderful song/air of love from his mother.

Lyrics

AN PÁISTÍN FIONN (THE FAIR HAIRED YOUTH)

Grá mo chroí mo pháistín fionn
A croí 's a haigne ag gáire liom
A cíocha geala mar bhláth na n-úll
Is a píob' mar eala lá Márta

Curfa:
It tusa mo rún, mo rún, mo rún
Is tusa mo rún is mo ghrá geal
It tusa mo rún, 's mo chumann go buan
'S é mo chreach gan tú agam o d' mháithrín

Cara mo chroí mo phaistín fionn
A dhá gru' ar lasadh mar bhláth na gcrann
Tá mise saor ar mo pháistín fionn
Ach amhain nuair a ólaim a sláinte

Dá mbeinnse sa bhaile 'mbionn súgradh is greann
No idir dhá bhairille lán de leann
Mo shiúirín i m'aice 's mo lámh faoin a ceann
Is súgach a d'ólfainn a sláinte.

Bhi me naoi n-óiche i m' lúi go bocht,
Ó bheith sínte faoin díle 's mé 'dir dhá thor,
A chumann mo chroí, 's mé ag smaoineamh ort
Is ní bhfaighinnse la fead nó le glao thú

O, triégfead mo mhuintir 's mo chairde gaoil
Agus tréigfead a maireann de mhná an tsaoil
Ní thréigfead le m' mhárthain * thú, 'ghrá mo chroí,
Nó go sínfear i gcónra faoi chlár mé!


*le e bheo, fad a mhairfidh me

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THE FAIR HAIRED YOUTH - AN PÁISTÍN FIONN

Love of my heart my fair haired youth
his heart and joyousness laughing with me
His white breast is as the flowers of the apple
and his neck is like that of a Swan

Curfa:
You are my dear, my dear, my dear
you are my dear and my dearest one
You are my dear and my enduring companion