Tuesday, February 12, 2008




Cead Mile Failte, A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

This is (meant to be) a comic wooing song. Cúnla is a man's name.

Cé hé siúd thíos atá ag leagadh na gclathacha? (3x)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.

(curfá)
Chúnla chaoin ná tara níos giorra dhom (3x)
"Maise mur' dtaga," a deir Cúnla.

Cé hé siúd thíos atá ag bualadh na bhfuinneoga? (3x)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.

Chúnla chaoin...

Cé hé siúd thíos atá ag tochas mo bhonnacha? (3x)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.

Chúnla chaoin...

Cé hé siúd thíos ag tarraingt na pluide dhíom? (3x)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.

Chúnla chaoin...



Who's that there that's rapping the door to me?
Who's that there that's rapping the door to me?
Who's that there that's rapping the door to me?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus:
Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Maybe I shouldn't', says Cunla

Who's that there that's tapping the windowpane?
Who's that there that's tapping the windowpane?
Who's that there that's tapping the windowpane?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Who's that there that's climbing the stairs to me?
Who's that there that's climbing the stairs to me?
Who's that there that's climbing the stairs to me?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Who's that there that's pulling the blankets down?
Who's that there that's pulling the blankets down?
Who's that there that's pulling the blankets down?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Who's that there that's tickling the toes of me?
Who's that there that's tickling the toes of me?
Who's that there that's tickling the toes of me?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Who's that there that's tickling the thighs of me?
Who's that there that's tickling the thighs of me?
Who's that there that's tickling the thighs of me?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Who's that there that's raking the fire for me?
Who's that there that's raking the fire for me?
Who's that there that's raking the fire for me?
'Only myself', says Cunla

Chorus,

Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Cunla dear, don't come any nearer me
Yea ra 'Maybe I shouldn't', says Cunla

Other versions by Christy Moore, Planxty, The Dubliners, Colm O'Donnell, Kay McCarthy, Mary Joyce, etc. etc...

Seosamh O hEanaí (Joe Heaney) - Cúnla, 1982 (Siar an Bóthar 2007 159853)
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