I first heard this song on a recording by PIRATES! The group Pyrates Royale recorded a most heart tugging version of this song. I changed a few things (like you do), but tried as hard as I possibly could to keep the sentiment. EJ Jones appears on this track with a single flute. He weaves his own improvised melody and harmonies that grow in intensity throughout the track. If I'm in half a mood, this song turns my eyes into puddles.
climbed the mountain. I scanned the
thee my boatman with fond devotion.
shall I see thee? Today, tomorrow? Oh
do not leave me in lonely sorrow.
Curfa: A fhir an bháta 'sna hóró éile. Mo shoraid slán leat gach áit a dtéid thú
Oh boatman, and a la la la. My fond farewell wherever you go
passing boatmen, I fain discover if
they have heard of or seen my lover.
never tell me. I'm only chided. They
say my heart has been sore misguided.
they tell me the time to sever all
thoughts of you from my heart forever.
words are idle, my passion swelling, untamed
as oceans can halt no welling.
cannot hide it. My heart's devotion is
not a season's brief emotion.
love since childhood began to seize me, and
nere shall fade 'til death release me.