Irish National Anthem

I keep hearing that people want to change our National Anthem.  They cite reasons like change, growth and the fact that nobody knows the words.  To this I say…If you want people to learn the f&%king words, teach the f&%king words in the schools and maybe that will give somebody a chance for a change!!  I admit, I don’t know the words.  But I love the song, it’s my National Anthem, I’m proud of it in the way I’m proud of James Connolly.  It’s part of our history.  I know parts of the chorus (apparently that’s the bit we sing at football matches, Sinne Fianna Fail and all that) but I decided to share the whole lot with you all, as Gaeilge agus as Bearla – in Irish and in English. 

I robbed the words straight from an Irish Links site by the way.  If you want to sort of hear it, check out this video, it takes a while to start singing so just close your eyes and don’t read the writing, it may offend you if you ain’t Irish 🙂  You might not want to read the comments either…if anyone has a different clip of the song, feel free to share it.

 So here it is, the song we pretend to know at International football matches, the last song played in every club and pub, the one song that gets a drunken respectful standing ovation, the most popular song at a Wolftones concert (by the way, that’s a clip of my favourite Wolftones song plus the video makes me laugh.  A lot.) – the Irish National Anthem.

Amhrán na bhFiann

Seo dhibh a cháirde duan Óglaigh,
Cathréimeach briomhar ceolmhar,
Ár dtinte cnámh go buacach táid,
‘S an spéir go min réaltogach
Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo
‘S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht do’n ló
Fé chiúnas chaomh na hoiche ar seol:
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá:

Sinne Fianna Fáil
A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
buion dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Fé mhóid bheith saor.
Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
Ní fhagfar fé’n tiorán ná fé’n tráil
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Cois bánta réidhe, ar árdaibh sléibhe,
Ba bhuachach ár sinsir romhainn,
Ag lámhach go tréan fé’n sár-bhrat séin
Tá thuas sa ghaoith go seolta
Ba dhúchas riamh d’ár gcine cháidh
Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir,
‘S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá

A bhuíon nách fann d’fhuil Ghaeil is Gall,
Sin breacadh lae na saoirse,
Ta scéimhle ‘s scanradh i gcroíthe namhad,
Roimh ranna laochra ár dtire.
Ár dtinte is tréith gan spréach anois,
Sin luisne ghlé san spéir anoir,
‘S an bíobha i raon na bpiléar agaibh:
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Curfá

Isn’t it beautiful?  I get emotional just reading the words…even though I understand one word out of every line 🙂  And now the slightly less magical translation.

The Soldier’s Song

We’ll sing a song, a soldier’s song,
With cheering rousing chorus,
As round our blazing fires we throng,
The starry heavens o’er us;
Impatient for the coming fight,
And as we wait the morning’s light,
Here in the silence of the night,
We’ll chant a soldier’s song.

Chorus:
Soldiers are we , whose lives are pledged to Ireland;
Some have come from a land beyond the wave.
Sworn to be free, No more our ancient sire land
Shall shelter the despot or the slave.
Tonight we man the gap of danger
In Erin’s cause, come woe or weal
‘Mid cannons’ roar and rifles peal,
We’ll chant a soldier’s song.

In valley green, on towering crag,
Our fathers fought before us,
And conquered ‘neath the same old flag
That’s proudly floating o’er us.
We’re children of a fighting race,
That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face,
We’ll chant a soldier’s song.

Chorus

Sons of the Gael! Men of the Pale!
The long watched day is breaking;
The serried ranks of Inisfail
Shall set the Tyrant quaking.
Our camp fires now are burning low;
See in the east a silv’ry glow,
Out yonder waits the Saxon foe,
So chant a soldier’s song.

Actually, even that version is pretty good.  Either way, keep our National Anthem just the way it is 🙂

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