This is a traditional Irish song arranged by Michael McGlynn. It appears on Anúna’s third/fourth album Omnis, first released in 1995 on the Danú label, and for contractual reasons was rerecorded in 1996 and released on the Celtic Heartbeat/Universal label in the USA in 1997.
The poet Sean Mac Ambróis wrote the lyrics in the mid 19th century after emigrating from his native Co Antrim to Scotland and being stricken with “cumhaí” (longing for home).
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Ardí Cuan is a townland on the hill above Knocknacarry and Cushendun in north-east Antrim. The lyrics of “Árdaí Chuain” were written by the Antrim poet Mac Ambróis while in enforced exile in Scotland.
I am full of sorrow here alone
Unable to hear the cockerel, blackbird or corncrake
Nor the sparrow, thrush or snipe
Sunday has no meaning for me without these things
And alas, alas, all Ireland, oh!
For my blackbird oh!
My heart is heavy with sorrow
If I were in Ardaigh Cuan
Beside the distant mountain
It was often that I would go to visit
The valley of the cuckoo on Sunday
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