Óró Mo Bháidín

Lyrics - Irish / English

(Irish folk song)

Oro my little boat that left in the bay,
Óró mo bháidín,
Take up the oars and let us away,
Óró mo bháidín.

Refrain
Óró mo churraichín ó
Óró mo bháidín,
Óró mo churraichín ó
Óró mo bháidín.

Sailing the waves over foam’s white crest,
Óró mo bháidín,
Happy and free, away to the west,
Óró mo bháidín. Refrain

Riding the waves on the ocean’s rim,
Óró mo bháidín,
Sailing home as the light grows dim,
Óró mo bháidín. Refrain

Lyrics - Irish

Óró mo bháidín a’ snámh ar an gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
Óró mo churraichín ó
Óró mo bháidín

Crochfaidh mé seólta ‘gus bogfaidh mé siar
Óró mo bháidín
‘S go hoíche Fhéile Eoin ní thicofaidh mé aniar
Óró mo bháidín Refrain

S nach breá í mo bháidín a’ snámh ar an gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
‘S na maidí á dtarraingt go láidir ‘s go buan
Óró mo bháidín Refrain

S nach éachtach a’ léimneach thar thonnta árd’
Óró mo bháidín
‘S nach eadtrom í iompar aníos thar an trá
Óró mo bháidín Refrain

Óró mo bháidín a’ snamh ar an gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
Faighimís na maidí is téimís chun siúil
Óró mo bháidín Refrain

English Translation – Oro* my little boat

Refrain
Oro my little boat swimming on the harbour
Oro my little boat
Oro my little currach
Oro my little boat

I’ll hoist the sail and go to the west
Oro my little boat
And until St John’s Eve I’ll not return
Oro my little boat Refrain

Isn’t she a fine wee boat
Oro my little boat
With her oars pulling strong and steady
Oro my little boat Refrain

Does she not ride the waves with grace
Oro my little boat
And how lightly she’s carried in on the tide
Oro my little boat Refrain

Oro my little boat swimming on the harbour
Oro my little boat
Let us raise the oars and set off
Oro my little boat Refrain
(source)

*Oro = cheer while rowing (source)

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