GML ach ní ‘fhios agam an bhfuil na liricí seo i gceart agam ach seo iarracht go dtí go bhfaighimid iad go hoifigiúil.
Here’s how I arranged each line of the song in four parts
Line 1: Correct Irish
Line 2: Approximate sound
Line 3. Word for word translation
Line 4. Translation
Note: Something to learn from this line
Idir ann is idir as.
i-dir on is i-dir oss (as in boss)
Between there and between out of.
Between in and out.
Note: Idir = between. Idir mé (may) is tú (too) = Between you and me.
Idir thuaidh is idir theas.
i-dir whoo-ee is i-dir hass
Between north and between south
Between north and south.
Note: the four directions, are N S E W: thuaidh, theas, thoir (hir) and thiar (heer)
Idir thiar is idir thoir.
i-dir heer is idir hir
Between west and between east
Between west and east.
Note: if you use the verb go with the directions they change to ó thuaidh, ó dheas, soir, and siar
Idir am is idir áit.
i-dir om is i-dir aw-it
Between time and between place
Between time and place.
Note: a is often pronounced o, á is pronounced aw as in saw (sad sound)
Casann sí dhom.
koson shee gum
Sings she to me
It sings to me.
Note: She refers to the sea. Nouns have gender and the sea is feminine.
Amhrán na farraige.
ow (as in how) rawn na farig-eh
Song of-the sea
The song of the sea.
Note: of / ‘s is often replaced in Irish with a change in spelling. an fharraige (the sea) ► na farraige (of the sea)
Suaimhneach nó ciúin.
sue-eev-noch no ki-you-in
Peaceful or quiet
Peaceful or quiet.
Note: All Cs in Irish are pronounced as K, ch is a gargle sound
Ag cuardú go damanta
eg koor-doo gu dom-un-ta
Searching fiercely [for]
Note: ag + verb indicated the ing form
Note: ch and gh are often a low and gentle gargle sound
Idir gaoth is idir tonn.
i-dir gu-ee is i-dir tun
between wind and between wave
Between wind and wave.
Note: G is always a harg G sound. It never changes to a j sound. Gh is often like a gargle sound.
Idir tuilleadh is idir gann.
i-dir till-uh is i-dir gon
Between more and between scarce.
Between more and scarce.
Note: The dh at the end of the word tuilleadh has no sound. That often happens at the end of words.
Idir cósta, idir cléibh.
i-dir kohs-ta, i-dir klayv
Between coast, between chest
Between the coast and the heart.
Note: Éire means Ireland. Cósta na hÉireann means the coast of Ireland
Idir mé is idir mé féin.
i-dir may is i-dir may fayn
Between me and between me-self
Between me and myself.
Note: Féin means self. Féinín means a Selfie 😉
Tá mé i dtiúin.
taw may i dyoon
am I in tune
I am in tune.
Note: Tá mé = I am. Tá mé go maith (gu moh) = I’m well.
Hope that helps. ☺ Enjoy singing in Irish ♫