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Moll Dubh a Ghleanna - Dark Molley of the Glen


This song is sung throughout Ireland as a love song, but in Donegal 'Moll Dubh' takes on another meaning - poteen (a kind of whiskey you distill yourself). Altan's album "The Best of Altan" has their rendition of Moll Dubh recorded on track ten. Moll Dubh a Ghleanna by Emer Kenny is on the album Parting Glass.

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1 Tá ba agam ar shliabh ‘s níl duine ‘gam ‘na ndiadh
Ach mé do mo bhuaidhreadh leofa
Bíodh idir mise is Dia má’s orthu ‘tá mo thriall
Is bhain siad mo chiall go mór uaim

Curfá:
1 I hear cattle on the hill with no one there to tend them
And for them I am deeply worried
Between myself and God, to them I take the trail
For they have taken my senses from me

Chorus:
    
2 ‘Sí Moll Dubh a’ Ghleanna í
‘Sí Moll Dubh an Earraigh í
‘Sí Moll Dubh is deirge ná ‘n rósa
Is dá bhfaighinnse féin mo roghainn de mhná ógá deasa ‘n domhain
‘Sí Moll Dubh a’ Ghleanna ab fhearr liom,

Curfá:
2 She’s the Moll Dubh of the valley
She’s the Moll Dubh of spring
She’s the Moll Dubh more ruddy than the red rose
And if I had to choose from the young maids of the world
Moll Dubh a’ Ghleanna would be my fancy

Chorus:
    
3 Mise bheith gan mhnaoi feasta choíche ní bhím
Is Moll Dubh bheith i dtús a h-óige
Och, is fann guth an éin a labhras leis féin
Ar thulaigh nó ar thaobh na monadh
,
Curfá

3 Me without a wife, I won’t be all my life
And Moll Dubh in youth just blooming
Lifeless the song of the bird that sings alone
On a mound by the edge of the moorland

Chorus:

    
4 Is ag Moll Dubh a’ Ghleanna, tá mo chroi-se i dtaiscí
‘S í nach bhfuair gúth na náire
Is go ceillí, múinte, cneasta a dúirt sí liom ar maidin
‘Ó imigh uaim ‘s nach pill go brách orm!’

Curfá

4 Dark Molly of the glen has my heart in her keeping
She never had reproach or shame
So mannerly and honestly she said to me this morning
‘Depart from me and do not come again!’

Chorus

    
5 Níl ‘n óganach geanúil ó Bhaile Átha Cliath go Gaillimh
Is timpeall go h-Umhaill Uí Mháinnle
Nach bhfuil a dtriall uilig ‘na ghleanna ar eacraidh slime sleamhainne
I ndúil leis an bhean dubh a b’aille.

Curfá

5 There’s not a handsome youth from Dublin to Galway
And around by ‘Umhail Uí Mhainnle’
That’s not heading for the glen on steeds so sleek and slim
Hoping to win the dark maid’s affection

Chorus

musical notes

    
Courtesy of Vivian & Jack Hennessey, IrishPage.com
Replay Background music: Glenside by Frank Lennon
This song is a substitution as Moll Dubh cannot be found anywhere.

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