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TRACK #9 PREVIEW - "Cúnla"
07.12.2012

CHICKEN BOXER, Track 9.  "Cúnla"

This track is a simple, old traditional song in Gaelic and English translation.  Well, what to say? Many fine artists have recorded this song over the years, one of my favorites being Planxty. I think we can all see the naive advances of a gentleman "caller" and the coy and half-hearted protest of an innocent maiden in these words. It has a sweet and childlike manner - we tried to give it a rich, almost "Lion King" warmth, with a musical interlude that suggests the drama of the "chase".  I love having the Gaelic songs on our albums.  It gives Pat some practice, and in a small way helps to keep the language alive.

- TWIGGER

 
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Lyrics:

Who is that there, that's rapping the door to me? (x3)
“Only meself,” says Cúnla.

Who is that there, that's tapping the windowpane? (x3)
“Only meself,” says Cúnla.
 
Chorus
Cúnla, Cúnla, Cúnla, don’t come any near’r to me! (x3)
“Maybe I shouldn’t,” says Cúnla.
 
Cé hé siúd thíos atá ag leagadh na gclathacha? (x3)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.
 
Chúnla chaoin ná tara níos giorra dhom (x3)
"Maise mur' dtaga," a deir Cúnla.

Chorus

Who is that there, that's climbing the stairs to me? (x3)
“Only meself,” says Cúnla.

Who is that there, that's tickling the toes of me? (x3)
“Only meself,” says Cúnla.
 
Chorus
 
Who’s that there? Rapping the door to me?
Who’s that there?
Who’s that there? Tapping the windowpane?
Who’s that there?
Don’t come any near’r to me!
Don’t come any near’r to me!
 
Cé hé siúd thíos atá ag tochas mo bhonnacha? (x3)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.
 
Cé hé siúd thíos ag tarraingt na pluide dhíom? (x3)
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.
"Mise mé féin," a deir Cúnla.
 
Chorus
 
“Maybe I shouldn’t,” says Cúnla.
“I shouldn’t,” says Cúnla.
“Maybe I shouldn’t,” says Cúnla.

 

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