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Tune Req: cearcall a chuain

GUEST,huggyromeo 11 Dec 01 - 04:56 PM
Joe Offer 11 Dec 01 - 05:07 PM
Felipa 07 Aug 23 - 06:41 PM
Felipa 07 Aug 23 - 06:48 PM
Tattie Bogle 12 Aug 23 - 08:40 PM
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Subject: cearcall a chuain
From: GUEST,huggyromeo
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 04:56 PM

where can i get free sheetmusic for cearcall a chuain?

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Subject: ADD: Cearcall A' Chuain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 05:07 PM

I found lyrics here (click), but no sheet music. Note that it's a recent song, not traditional - so you may have to buy the sheet music. Nope - you can find it here (click).
-Joe Offer-

                  Cearcall A' Chuain
                                     1. Tha sinn uile air cuan
                                         Stiùireadh cuairt troimh ar beatha,
                                         A' seòladh geòla dhorch'
                                         Air chall an greim na mara.
                                         Tha a' ghaoth air ar cùl
                                         Tha a gheòl' a' cumail roimhpe
                                         'S cha dèan uair neo an cuan
                                         Tonaisg dhuinn neo rian.

                                   2. A' mhuir the i ciùin,
                                       Tha i fiadhaich, tha i farsaing,
                                       Tha i àluinn, tha i diamhair,
                                       Tha i gamhlasach is domhain.
                                        O, ach sinn, tha sinn dall
                                       'S chaneil againn ach beatha,
                                       Tog an seòl, tog an ràmh,
                                       Gus am faigh sinn astar ann.
                                 3. Ach tha mi'n dùil, tha mi'n dùil,
                                     Nuair a bhios a' ghrian dol fodha,
                                     Chì iad mi a' stiùireadh 'n Iar,
                                     Null a dh' Uibhist air a' chearcall.
                                     Cearcall a' chuain
                                     Gu bràth bidh i a' tionndadh
                                     Leam gu machair geal an Iar,
                                     Far an do thòisich an là.

  1. We are all on the ocean steering a course through our lives, sailing a dark ship, lost in the grip of the sea. The winds push from behind, driving us on and on; neither time passing nor the ocean brings wisdom or order.
  2. The sea , it is calm, it is wild, it is wide, it is beautiful, it is secretive, it is tumultuous, it is deep. But us, we are blind, we have only one life; raise the sail, pull on the oar, let's keep moving onward.
  3. I have the expectation, when the sun goes down, that I'll be steering westwards, with Uist on the horizon. May the circle of the ocean  keep turning for me, until I reach the white sands of the West where the day first began.

        This is a fairly recent song, written by Calum and Rory MacDonald of the group RunRig. In this song, they compare our lives to the cycle of the sea.

ABC Notation:

X: 3
T:Cearcall a'Chuain
N:first line
FE|"D"D3-DED|"Bm"D3-DFA|"G"d2-c B2 A|"D"FA2-AA-B|
"Bm"F/2-E/2 D2D2E|"F#m"F3-FA-F|"Em"E2EE-DE|"A"FE2-EFE|
"D"D3-DED|"Bm"D3-DFA|"G"d2cB2d|"F#m"B A2-AAB|
"Bm"(F/3E/2D2)D2E|"F#m"F3-FAF|"Em"E3 "Am"(FED)|"D"D3-D|/

N:second line/
F3-FGF|F3-FFF|G2AG2G|G F2-FAB|d2-F F2G|A3-AdA|G3 (AGF)|F3-F||

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: cearcall a chuain
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Aug 23 - 06:41 PM

Anne Coleman sang this song on the Mudcat zoom singaround today. She supplied the following translation:

The Ocean's Circle

All of us are on an ocean
Steering a path through our lives,
sailing a dark boat
Lost in the sea's grip.

The wind is on our backs
and the boat is keeping onwards
and neither time nor the ocean
Is understood by us at all.

The sea, it is calm,
it is wild, it is vast,
it is beautiful, it is mysterious,
it is implacable and deep.

Oh, but we, we are blind,
we have nothing but life.
Raise the sail, take up the oar,
Until we have made some distance

But I hope and expect
When the sun is going down
they will see me steering westwards
over to Uist on the circle.

Oh the ocean's circle,
it will always be returning
with me to the fair machair of the west
where the day began

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: cearcall a chuain
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Aug 23 - 06:48 PM

I also thought the song was by Calum MacDòmhnaill and Ruairidh MacDòmhnaill of Runrig - but at the words are credited to Eòin Mac a' Mhuilleir and the tune to C & R Domhnallach (so we have three versions of their surname, McDonald, MacDhomhnaill and Dòmhnallach)

a few years ago, I copied the following lyrics with guitar chords, but I didn't write down the source unfortunately:

Tha sinn (D)uile air (Bm)cuan
Stiureadh (G)cuairt troimh ar (D)beatha
A' (Bm)seoladh geola (F#m)dhorch
Air (Em)chall an greim na (A)mara
Tha a'(D)ghaoth air ar (Bm)cul
Tha a' (G)gheol a' cumail (D)roimhe
'S cha dean (Bm)uair no an (F#m)cuan
Tonaisgh (Em)dhuinn (A)no ri(D)an

A' (D)mhuir tha i (Bm)ciuin
Tha i (G)fiadhaich tha i (D)farsainn
Tha i (Bm)alainn tha i (F#m)diamhair
Tha i (Em)gamhlasach is (A)domhain
O ach (D)sin tha sinn (Bm)dall
'S chaneil a(G)gainn ach (D)beatha
Tog an (Bm)seol, tog an (F#m)ramh
Gus an (Em)fhaigh sinn (A)astar (D)ann

Ach tha mi'n (D)duil, tha mi'n (Bm)duil
Nuair a (G)bhios a' ghrian dol (D)fodha
Chi iad (Bm)mi a' stiuireadh 'n (F#m)iar
Null a (Em)dh'Uibhist air a' (A)chearcal
Cear(D)cal a' chu(Bm)ain
Gu (G)brath bidh i a' (D)tionndadh
Leam gu (Bm)machair geal an (F#m)lar
Far an (Em)do thoi(A)sich an (D)la
D-G-D-D   D-A-D-D   D-G-D-D   D-A-D-D (2x)

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: cearcall a chuain
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 12 Aug 23 - 08:40 PM

I have the various Runrig books, so the score will probably be in there. Too late to look tonight! No longer available via Joe’s link above, but you could also copy and paste the ABC into an ABC converter to get standard notation.

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Subject: RE: Tune Req: cearcall a chuain
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Aug 23 - 05:45 PM

It is indeed in Runrig’s book, The Flower of the West.
Tune written by Rory Macdonald, lyrics by Calum Macdonald, copyrighted to Storr Music, 1979.
The Gaelic lyrics are exactly as in Felipa’s post. Anne’s translation not quite the same as in the book, but conveys the same meaning.
The tune is written in E in the book: chords match the D series in Felipa’s post apart from the Em in the final line, which is another B in the book, so would equate to an A in in the D set.

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