Fuígfidh Mise’n Baile Seo

I Will Leave This Town
This is a traditional Irish song arranged by Michael McGlynn. It appears on Anúna’s eighth album Cynara, released i more...

This is a traditional Irish song arranged by Michael McGlynn. It appears on Anúna’s eighth album Cynara, released in 2000.

From Philippa

Fuígfidh Mise an Baile Seo is the song of a woman who has made a bad match. She married young for the want of money, but she’s married a miser who won’t even let her out to Mass on feast days, let alone take her to the ale-house for a drink, and doesn’t romance her like a young man would. Finally, she says it’s a pity that people who are dissatisfied in marriage can’t go to the fair and trade partners the way they can sheep and cattle.

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Irish

English

I will leave this town,
For it is dark and ugly
And go to Connacht
Or west to Laighean Uí Eabhra
The place where I'll get a kiss
From my darling and a thousand welcomes
A nice herd of cows
And permission to marry the tailor

Mary, and isn't it a pity,
And me married to the scoundrel
Who won't let me go to Mass
On a holiday or a Sunday
Who won't take me to the pub,
Or drink a gold guinea with me
Or hold me in his heart
As a young man would

The place where I'll get a kiss
From my darling and a thousand welcomes
A nice herd of cows
And permission to marry the tailor

I married young
For the promise of money
My two hands full of them,
My mind was not satisfied
Isn't it a pity I can't be rid of him,
As with a cow or sheep
If you don't like the bargain,
You can take him back to the fair

I will leave this town...

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