So, there’s this song by a Breton band that I always loved a lot. Unfortunately, it was in Breton so I had no clue what it was about. But… I’ve been told recently that actually it’s not a Breton song, but a Welsh song. And I thought that maybe there could be some Welsh speaker on this board.
Since I don’t know whether it’s a traditional song or a copyrighted one, I can’t post the lyrics here due to the board’s policies. Here’s a link to a page where you can read the lyrics (also you can click on “Ecouter un extrait” to listen to a bit of the song).
AFAIK, it’s admissible to post part of the lyrics, so here’s the beginning of the song. Hopefully, someone will at least be able to tell whether it’s Welsh or not :
So, is there a Welsh speaker, over here, who could, not necessarily translate the whole song, but at least tell me what it is about?
Thanks for your quick answers. I must say I’m a little bit disappointed. I expected to be more profound, maybe to be some sad, poignant story. Well… I still like the song, though.
By the way, following your links, I listened to another version of it, by this Irish lady I forgot the name of. If I hadn’t know in advance, I would never have guessed it was the same song (nor the same language, for that matter).
I suspect a literal translation would have produced something along the lines of “to the dance, to dances or sports”, and so an alternative word, appropriate and vaguely familiar to English-speakers, has been substituted. However, I’ve forwarded it to a few people who might be able to help with an understanding of Irish.
Airnéal is essentially another, less common word for céilí. I think there might be a difference in that airnéal refers to other activities, not just dancing but singing, storytelling and the like. The word ceilí is used in English and is universally known at least in this part of the world so translating it as ceilí makes sense.
Thanks for sharing. I like this version too (quite similar to the one I’m accustomed to, this time) . Actually, I like the people depicted in the video. Their attitude and the way they speak, the setting (old memories), and even the language.
OK… I just noticed that in the “related videos” there was a lot of versions of the song (including one with a rather creative video display).
I always have stood away from Youtube thinking it was just a place where people put stupid videos about weird and boring stuff, but actually I’m hooked. I just registered. Yet another way to waste hours in front of a computer screen, like I didn’t know enough :mad: .