Flower of Scotland - Gaelic lyrics

Norma or Mike Briggs

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OK, no problem. The Gaelic version is by John Angus MacLeod, and is
said to be "authorized:"

"Aig ce\ilidh ann an Du\n De\agh sheinn Anna NicGillEathain a' Bheurla
de seo. Thuirt i rium, ''S bochd nach robh Ga\idhlig air an o\ran.'
Fichead mionaid an de\idh sin dh'eirich i is sheinn i na facail seo,
a chuir mi ris fhad 's a bha sinn ag o\l cupan ti\!"

(The backslashes represent accents on the preceding vowels, due to some
weird typographical limitation in HTML -- Mike)

"At a ceilidh in Dundee, Anna MacLean sang the English version of this.
She said to me 'It's too bad that there isn't a Gaelic version of the song.'
Twenty minutes after that she got up and sang these words
which I put to the song while we were drinking cups of tea!"

John Angus Macleod, from his book "Na freumhan thug dhomh cothrom fa\s",
available from the author:

John Angus MacLeod
76 Brisbane Street
Largs, Scotland, KA30 8QN

I'm not sure why it's a problem that the English original was written by
the Corries (and I don't know why it's a problem that the Corries were
not Gaelic speakers, if that is true). Maybe you'd care to explain,
Richard. Isn't there a standard current pronunciation of Gaelic? If
not, excuse my ignorance.

Mike

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