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Origin: Fhir a Bhata (Scots Gaelic)

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(origins) Origins: Fhir a Bhata / Fear a Bhata / The boatman (11)
(origins) Origins: Old Scottish Lament / Fear a Bhata (33)
Lyr Req: Fhear a Bhata (from The Fureys) (18)
Lyr/Chords Req: Fear A Bhata (35)
Lyr Req: Fhir a Bhata (3)
Lyr Req: Fear an Batha (5)
Chords Req: The Boatman / Fhir a Bhata (3)


packrat 28 Apr 99 - 04:13 AM
Joe Offer 28 Apr 99 - 06:40 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 28 Apr 99 - 06:55 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 28 Apr 99 - 06:57 AM
alison 28 Apr 99 - 07:07 AM
Philippa 28 Apr 99 - 08:18 AM
Mían 20 Sep 99 - 07:14 PM
Philippa 21 Sep 99 - 07:38 AM
Mían 21 Sep 99 - 11:12 AM
Mían 29 Sep 99 - 06:42 PM
Mían 29 Sep 99 - 06:46 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 29 Sep 99 - 09:38 PM
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Mían 30 Sep 99 - 07:57 PM
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Subject: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: packrat
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 04:13 AM

I've done tons of searches and am only able to find the lyrics in english although i have heard several different gaelic versions (ala talitha mackenzie and connie dover) I would greatly appreciate the efforts of any who could provide such (at this point my irish gaelic is too poor to transcribe from a recording) grma in advance

See these related threads:
Lyric Req: Old Scottish Lament
fhear a bhata
The Boatman (or Fhir a Bhata)
Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
LYR REQ: Fear an batha?
Lyric assist - Fhir a Bhata
Lyr Req: Niamh Parsons: Fear a bhata
Lyr/Chords Req: Fear A Bhata
--JoeClone, 16-May-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 06:40 AM

That one's a bear to search for, but we're got it here, here, here in the database and finally here.
There are also references to a song called "Lonesome Boatman" - is it the same song?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 06:55 AM

I've got a longer version in my Gaelic Lyric pages. It's in the Love song section. Gaelic Lyrics


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 06:57 AM

Oh, there are conflicting stories of where the song comes from. Some say Irish, some say Scotland. Others say it's a true story as well. One report even names the man, woman and identifies the island in the Hebrides they came from. Suffice to say, it is a TRUE traditional folk song.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: alison
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 07:07 AM

Hi Joe,

The Lonesome Boatman is a tune........ on one of the Furey's CDs... beautifully haunting tune.

I'd still like to hear the parody someone mentioned before where they change it to being about a milkman.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhàta (gaelic)
From: Philippa
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 08:18 AM

Scottish song also well-known in Ireland, connected with Rathlin Island which lies between Ireland and Scotland. There are some words in the Irish version which aren't familiar to modern-day Irish speakers (except through songs like this one. Bhàta has 'v' sound for bh in Scottish, 'w' sound in Irish (but maybe not historically). The lyrics Alison gave in a thread which Joe directs us to are in Scots Gaelic, as are George Seto's.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 20 Sep 99 - 07:14 PM

I have an Irish (well, mostly) version. i just need to figure out how to put it in here with the html codes for the fadas and returns.

I spent most of the day yesterday struggling with the trying to translate "oró" or "óró" into something more substantial that would make sense in the translation. (which is one of the reasons I ordered Dineen, Phillipa)

The word "bháta" or "báta" is a Scottish Gaelic word,"of the boat" or "boat" which according to one of my dictionaries originated from a Norwegian word for boat.

ah, them seafarin' days.

Stay tuned...


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Philippa
Date: 21 Sep 99 - 07:38 AM

well, don't try to translate the óró or even the 'eile' in Fear a' Bhata. Typical chorus sounds in Scottish songs, no dictionary meaning. I think you have a link to George Seto's site for Scottish Gaelic songs. As the song is also sung in Ireland, you may want to look up Aine's website.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 21 Sep 99 - 11:12 AM

ya, i did give up on the óró. Except that it was very close to urra, freeman, which might have made some sense. I also sort of fancied the idea of oráid, a prayer or ortha, prayer, spell.

Re: Áine's website - óró ! lovely, that! Thank you

Mían


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 06:42 PM

Just got the Dinneen, "Foclóir Gaedhilge Agus Béla (Dictionary of Irish and English)"today. "bád", a boat, lists as variant spellings "báda" and "báta" with the latter being listed as an Ulster variant.

My teacher from Kerry was quite amused at the title of the song, though, as it made her think of a stern schoolteacher (translates to "man of the stick").


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 06:46 PM

woops, spelled "Béarla" wrong, sorry. (Musta got too excited about figuring out the html for the diacritical marking)


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 09:38 PM

Mían, in Scottish Gaelic, the Bàta = Boat, while Bata = Stick. So there is a difference there.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FHIR A' BHATA (Scottish Gaelic)
From: jignreel@ukonline.co.uk
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 04:57 AM

The Scottish Gaelic verses I have

chorus: Fhir a' bhata 's na horo eile X 3
Mo shoraidh slan leat, gach ait an teid thu
(sorry, no accents-- Gaelic speakers will cringe)-- Oh my boatman (na horo eile has no meaning, just syllables), My blessing with you where ever you go

'S tric mi sealtainn o'n chnoc a's airde
Feuch am faic mi fear a bhata
An tig thu an-diugh no'n tig thu a-maireach?
'S mur tig thu idir, gur truagh a ta mi.

Tha mo chridhe-sa briste, bruite
'S tric no deoir a' ruith o'm shuilean.
An tig thu a-nochd, no am bidh mo dhuil riut
No'n duin mi'n dorus le osna thursaich?

S'tric mi foighneachd de luchd nam bata
Am fac iad thu am bheil thu sabhailt?
Ach s'ann a tha gach aon dhiubh 'g raitinn
Gur gorach mise, ma thug mi gradh dhuit.
Often I search from the highest hill
To try if I can see the boatman
Will you come today or come tomorrow?
If you don't come, I will be wretched

O my heart is bruised and broken
And oft the tears run from my eyes
Will you come tonight, can I expect you
Or close the door with sorrowful sigh?

Often I ask of the boat crews
If they have seen you, or are you safe?
But each one of them says
That I was foolish to love you.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 11-Jan-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: alison
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 08:46 AM

According to the notes at the back of "Folk songs and Ballads popular in Ireland book 4" it did mean "the man with the stick" and was a song from Northern Ireland which probably wafted across from Scotland where it is translated as "the Boatman".

slainte

alison


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Subject: Lyr Add: FEAR A' BHÁTA
From: Mían
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 07:57 PM

Fear a' Bháta

Fear a' Bháta

Théid mé suas ar an cnoc is airde
féach a bhfeic mé (an) fear a' bháta
An dtig tú anocht nó an dtig tú amárach?
Nó mura dtig tú idir is trua atá mé.

curfá

A fhir a' bháta 's na horó eile
A fhir a' bháta 's na horó eile
A fhir a' bháta 's na horó eile
mo shoraidh slán leat gach áit a dté tú

Tá mo chroí-se briste brúite
Is tric na deora (a rith) ó mo shúile
An dtig tú inniú nó an mbeidh mé ag dúil leat?
Nó an druid mé an doras le osna thuirseach?

curfá

Gheall mo leannán domh gúna den tsíoda
Gheall é sin agus breacán riabhach,
Fáinne óir anns an (a) bhfeicfinn íomhá
Ach is eagal liom go ndearn(a) sé dearmad

curfá

Tá mo chroí-se ag dul in airde
chan don fidléir, chan don cláirseoir
Ach do stiúrthóir an bháta;
Is mura dtig tú abhaile is trua atá mé.

curfá

Notes: This song appears on the album "Blackbirds and Thrushes" by Niamh Parsons. Lyrics are available on the CD cover and also a little story about the song/lyrics. It is also one of the offerings in the little songbook "Ceolta Gael" (I forgot to note if it is Volume 1 or Volume 2), though the version in that book differs in the last verse(s).

(I also saw a little blurb about it appearing in 18-something or other on one of the Library of Congress screens but now I cannot duplicate how I found it in the first place...)

Would "anns an" be a version of "annsan" ("a gold ring in which I would see my image")?

final note: hope the html works!


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 08:02 PM

Oh, the Blackbirds and Thrushes version of the chorus has "céad míle fáilte gach áit a dté tú" instead of "mo shoraidh slán leat gach áit a dté tú".


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 11:57 PM

The Scottish Gaelic tradition has it, that "The Boatman", was written by Jane Finlayson, of Tong, Isle of Lewis, about Donald MacRae of Uig. The song is from the the latter part of the 18th century. She later married him.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Mían
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 11:21 AM

I really like how the song appears multi-traditioned - it not only has Irish & Scottish ties but smacks of the North Men as well.

woops, puns, sorry


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Noreen
Date: 01 Feb 01 - 11:36 AM

I've got this wonderful song sqirrelling in my head and would love to sing it, but would feel happier singing the verses in English, keeping the original chorus.

Can anyone tell me if the English version in the DT FEAR A'BHATA is an accurate translation, verse for verse? Some of the language seems a bit 'flowery'. Is there another singable translation anywhere? (I've looked at the links given above, and Joe's two final links no longer lead anywhere.)

Many thanks in advance,

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 01 Feb 01 - 04:34 PM

It is reasonable for a translation, and it seems singable, which is difficult to do in a straight translation.

The Gaelic is "flowery" and full of imagery. You can probably use it.

HOWEVER, if you would, please pas out the information that it was written by Jane Finlayson of Tong, Isle of Lewis,in the late 18th century. Sometime after she wrote the song, she did marry her young fisherman, a Donald MacRae of Uig.

Now, let's see.

1st verse for example

Often I am looking from high on the hill
The sight left me, man of the boat
Will you come today, or will you come tomorrow
And will you come anyway, that sorrow is on me.

So, it's reasonable, the translation in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Cobble
Date: 01 Feb 01 - 07:58 PM

Try the cd's from Capercaille, and yes it is Scottish from the Western Isles.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 01 Feb 01 - 08:33 PM

Noreen, the reason those last two links of Joe's don't work is the nature of the mudcat database. Links are created to it based on the name of the database at the time.

Every time a new one comes along, the name changes. It's unfortunate, but it is too bad the database name couldn't stay permanently.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Noreen
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 06:30 AM

Thanks very much, George, for the help and for the extra information. I will indeed include Jane Finlayson in my intro if I ever feel able to do the song justice. I love the imagery, but I need to work at the words- it was the verse with 'droop and languish... my bosom's anguish' which seemed a bit much.

I'll PM Joe Offer to ask for Jane's details to be mentioned in the DT entry with the English translation.

Thanks again.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 11:30 AM

I'll have a look at that for you, Noreen and see what I can come up with.

If it's not as good, I probably won't post. I will work out a more specific translation of the tune at my site.

Fear a' Bhàta


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Noreen
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 01:08 PM

Thanks, George, you are very kind.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: GUEST,aguigne@plato.ucs.mun.ca
Date: 02 Feb 01 - 05:48 PM

Regarding yur request for Fear [Fhir] a Bhata you will find a gaelic version in kenneth Peacock's Songs of the Newfoundland Outports vol. 3 1965 pgs 786-87. The version provided is in Gaelic. Best of luck A Guigne


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:24 PM

I don't think the information given in Alison's book (see 30 Sept 99) is correct; I would go with Mian and George (Sept 29){ bàta is boat in Scottish and Rathlin Island Gaelic)
For a while now I am only getting a title page at Áine's site (which I gave a link to above) and can't access individual songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:27 PM

three verses in Rathlin Gaelic (song as sung in Ireland)at http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=5494#74039


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: Áine
Date: 05 Jun 01 - 06:41 PM

I've fixed the link to the song on my page now, Philippa. Here it is: Fear an Bháta

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Lyric request: Fear a Bhata (gaelic)
From: GUEST,Eileen Knowles
Date: 06 Jun 01 - 03:02 PM

Many thanks to all of you for replying so quickly; I am overwhelmed by the response and haven't had a chance yet to read through the entire printout. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir! It's about time the lovely old songs got an airing again, and I plan to do just that at our local folk club in Ripon, North Yorkshire. If any of you are local, this is held at the Blackamoor pub in a stone-built back room, Sunday nights. The acoustics are absolutely unbelievable. Thanks again, folks and if I can help anyone with any lyrics, I'll be only too pleased to do so. Best regards, Eileen.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FHIR A BHATA (Scots Gaelic, 1804)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 08:24 PM

From Cochruinneacha taoghta de shaothair nam bard gaëleach by Alexander Stewart and Donald Stewart (Dunedin: Clodh-bhuailt le T. Stiuart, 1804), page 339:

ORAN gaoil do Mharaich, le Maighdean araid.

LUINNEAG.

[CHORUS:] Fhir a bhata na horo eile,
Fhir a bhata na horo eile,
Fhir a bhata na horo eile,
'S e mi rùn chaich thug dom' ghradh mo threigeadh.

1. 'S tric mi sealtuinn o'n chnoc a's airde,
D'fheuch am faic mi fear a bhata,
An tig thu'n diugh, na'n tig thu maireach,
'S mar tig thu idir, gur truagh ata mi.

2. Tha mo chridhe-sa briste, bruite,
'S tric na deoir ag ruidh o'm shuilean,
An tig thu nochd na'm bi mo dhuil riut,
Na'n duin mi'n dorus le osnadh thùrsach,

3. 'S tric mi foineachd de luchd nam bata,
Am fac iad thu na'm bheil thu sabhailt,
'S ann tha gach aon diu rium ag raite,
Gur gorach mi mo thug mi gradh dhuit.

4. Gheall mo leannan domh gùn dhe'n t-sioda,
Gheall e sud agus breachdan riamhach,
Faine oir anns am faicinn iomhagh,
Ach 's eagal leam gu'n dean e di-chuimhne.

5. Cha'n eil baile beag sam bi thu,
Nach tamh thu greis ann a chuir do sgios diot,
Bheir thu lamh air do leabhar riamhach,
Ghabhail dhuanag, 's a bhuaireadh nianag.

6. Ge do thuirt iad gu'n robh thu eatrom,
Cha do lughadhaich sud mo ghaol ort,
Bithidh tu m'aisling anns an oiche,
A's ann sa mhadain bithidh mi ga d'fhoineachd.

7. Thug mi gaol duit 's cha'n fhaod mi aicheadh.
Cha ghaol bliadhna, 's cha ghaol raidhe,
Ach gad a thoiseach 'n'air bha mi m' phaisdean,
'S nach searg a chaoidh gus an claoidh am bàs mi.

8. Tha mo chairdean gu tric ag innseadh,
Gu'm feum mi taogas a leig air di-chuimhne,
Ach tha'n comhairle dhomh co diamhain,
'S a tilleadh mara, a's i toirt lionaidh.

9. Tha mo chriosan air dol an airde,
Cha'n ann o fhidhlair, na o chlarsair,
Ach o stiuireadair a bhata,
'S mur tig thu dhathigh, struagh mar tha mi.

10. Bithidh mi tuille tùrsach, dèurach,
Mar Eala bhan, 's i 'n deigh a reubadh,
Guileag bàis aic air lochan feurach,
A's each uile an deigh-sa treigeadh.


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