Chunnacas Bean san Tr na Suidhe

The Lass sitting in a Tower - La Fille de la Tour

Possibly a song on the Old Pretender

Tune - Mlodie
"Chunnacas Bean san Tr"

a pentatonic tune, as sung by Mrs Bella Cameron and recorded by Calum Iain Maclean

Sequenced by Christian Souchon



This song tells of a woman sitting at a window in a tower combing her long, fair hair.
8 lines sung. The contributor heard the song from Teeny Margaret MacLellan, Ballygrant, Islay.
The final lines suggest that the song may have a Jacobite connection [allegory for Scotland]. They say "The son of King James is bringing me food and the young noblewoman is bringing me drink."
(Item Notes to record 1953.130.4 kept by the "School of Scottish Studies" - Permanent Link: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/6774/1 )


"Rosamund" by J. W. Waterhouse
Ce chant parle d'une femme qui peigne ses longs cheveux blonds, assise la fentre d'une tour .
8 vers du pome sont chants. La contributrice tient ce chant de Teeny Margaret MacLellan, Ballygrant, Islay.
La strophe finale permet de supposer que ce chant a un contenu Jacobite [allgorie de l'Ecosse]. Elle dit "Le fils du Roi Jacques m'apporte de la nourriture et le jeune noble m'apporte boire."
(Notes accompagnant l'enregistrement 1953.130.4 conserv par la "School of Scottish Studies" - Lien permanent: www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/6774/1 )


THE LASS IN THE TOWER

1. There sits a lass in the tower
Behold, i , behold !
Long fair hair falls on her shoulder
E h u e h u .

2. Long fair hair falls on her shoulder
Behold, i , behold !
Her wood comb smoothes it all over
E h u e h u .

3. - Tell me, who are you, fair lassie?
Behold, i , behold !
- The High King, he is my own daddy
E h u e h u .

4. The son of King James food is bringing
Behold, i , behold !
And the young nobleman brings me drink. -
E h u e h u .

Translation Christian Souchon (c) 2015
CHUNNACAS BEAN SAN TUR NA SUIDHE

1. Chunnacas bean san tr na suidhe
Fairich o, fairich
S a falt a sos na dhualaibh buidhe
E h u e h u .

2. S falt a sos na dhualaibh bhuidhe
Fairich , fairich
S i ga chreadh le cr fhiodha
E h u e h u .

3. Dhfheraich mi dhi c dheth m bitheadh
Fairich o, fairich
- Gur e n t-rd-rgh mathair dligheach
E h u e h u .

4. Mac righ Seumas a toirt dhomh bidh
Fairich o, fairich
S a bhaintighearn g a toirt dhomh dibhe. -
E h u e h u .

Source: www.glasgowgaelic.glasgow.sch.uk/Websites/SchMixedGlasgowGaelic/UserFiles/file/Mod%202010%20-%20Faclan.doc (Contest C44: Sung by the "Melodious Daughters - Nigheanan Fileanta", aged 9 and 10).
LA FILLE DE LA TOUR

1. Je vois dans la tour une fille,
Regarde bien, tu la vois?
Dont les longs cheveux blonds ondulent.
Tra la lre et tra la la.

2. Ses longs cheveux blonds ondulent,
Regarde bien, tu la vois?
D'un peigne en bois elle les lisse.
Tra la lre et tra la la.

3. - Qui donc es-tu, dis-moi, la belle,
Regarde bien, tu la vois?
- Du roi je suis la propre fille,
Tra la lre et tra la la.

4. Nourrie par le fils du roi Jacques,
Regarde bien, tu la vois?
Le jeune lord m'apporte boire. -
Tra la lre et tra la la.

Traduction Christian Souchon (c) 2015
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