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Thread #14793   Message #734490
Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
21-Jun-02 - 07:29 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Nil 'na La - a Halloween song?
Subject: RE: Bean Tí an Leanna
this song is all over Mudcat. Several Irish-language versions are posted at a thread about the singable (and now much sung) translation "There's the Day"

Information on publication of some more versions of the song (much overlap of wording with lyrics already given):

"Bean an ti leana" in Breandán Ó Buachalla, "Nua-Duanaire II", Dublin 1976. source RIA 23 E 12, 33 (1846) S. Laoide. "Duanaire na Midhe", Dublin, 1914

"Bean an Teach Leanna" in Éinrí Ó Muirgheasa [Ó Muireasa], "Céad de Cheoltaibh [Cheolta] Uladh", Dublin 1915 (new edition - and hence the new spellings in brackets, Newry, 1983) - Ó Muirgheasa also cites RIA 23, E. 12 and writes, " I heard it and noted it down in Co. Monaghan, Co. Armagh and Co.Donegal and this version is collated from all these. another somewhat different version is given in the 'Leabhar Filiochta', edited by the late lamented J. C. Ward of Killybegs [Co Donegal]. The music to which the song was sung in Munster [southernmost Irish province] will be found in Joyce' 'Ancient Irish Music', no.57" I already quoted a verse from Ó Muirgheasa's book above (Nov 1999).