Irish Children’s Songs

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Ireland has a nearly unlimited number of songs for any occasion. Here are two well-known children’s songs from Ireland.

 

Báidín Fheilimí

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,            Feilimí’s little boat went to Gola,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                    Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it,
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,            Feilimí’s little boat went to Gola,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                    Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it.

Curfá                            Chorus

Báidín bídeach, báidín beosach,                  A tiny little boat, a lively little boat,
Báidín bóidheach, báidín Fheilimí              A buoyant little boat, Feilimí’s little boat,
Báidín díreach, báidín deontach                  A straight little boat, a willing little boat,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                     Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it.

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,                Feilimí’s little boat went to Tory,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                     Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it,
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,                Feilimí’s little boat went to Tory,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                     Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it.

Curfá                            Chorus

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,               Feilimí’s little boat crashed on Tory,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                     Fish on board and Feilimí in it,
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,               Feilimí’s little boat crashed on Tory,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                     Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it.

Curfá                            Chorus

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,                 Feilimí’s little boat crashed on Tory,
Iasc ar bord agus Feilimí ann.                        Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in it,
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,                 Feilimí’s little boat crashed on Tory,
Éisc ar bord agus Feilimí ann. Curfá             Fish on board and Feilimí in it.

 

Seoithîn Seó

Óho óho óho mo leana                                           Oh, my child,
Óho mo leana ina chodladh gan brón.                oh my child asleep without any care

Ar mhullach an tí tá síógí geala                      On the roof of the house there are bright fairies,
Faoi chaoin-ré an earraigh ag imirt ‘s ag ól        playing & drinking under the gentle rays of the spring moon;
Is seo hiad aniar iad a’ glaoch ar mo leana          here they come, to call my child out,
Le súil is a mhealladh isteach sa lios mór.          wishing to draw him into the fairy mound.
A leana mo chléibh go n-éirí do chodlaigh leat,    My child, my heart, sleep soundly & well;
Séan agus sonas gach oíche i do chómhair..        may good luck and happiness forever be yours;
Tá mise le do thaobh a’ gui ort na mbeannacht,  I’m here at your side praying blessings upon you;
Seoithín mo leana is ní imeoidh tú leo.        Hushaby, hush, you’re not going with them.

Óho óho óho mo leana                                      Oh, my child,
Óho mo leana agus codail go fóill.                  oh my child still asleep
Óho óho óho mo leana                                      Oh, my child,
Óho mo leana ina chodladh gan brón.           oh my child asleep without any care

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