Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Báidín Fheilimí”

Traditional, arranged by Sinéad O'Connor/Dónal Lunny/Carlton "Bubbler" Ogilvie/Alan Branch/A. Maxwell

(Source: Sean-Nós Nua)

1 version

3:22

Sean-Nós Nua album

Lyrics

(Source: Sean-Nós Nua)

Báidín Fheilimí d'imigh go Gabhla, Feilimí's boat that went off to Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.
Báidín bideach, báidín beosach, Feilimí's little lively boat,
Báidín boidheach, báidín fhelimi, Feilimí's lightly lean-built boat,
Báidín díreach, báidín deontach, Feilimí's lovely leaping boat,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.
Báidín Fheilimí d'imigh go Gabhla, Feilimí's boat that went off to Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.
Báidín bídeach, báidín beosach, Feilimí's little lively boat,
Báidín bóidheach, báidín fheilimí, Feilimí's lightly lean-built boat,
Báidín díreach, báidín deontach, Feilimí's lovely leaping boat,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.
Báidín Fheilimí d'imigh go Gabhla, Feilimí's boat that went off to Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.
Báidín bideach, báidín beosach, Feilimí's little lively boat,
Báidín boidheach, báidín fhelimi, Feilimí's lightly lean-built boat,
Báidín díreach, báidín deontach, Feilimí's lovely leaping boat,
Báidín Fheilimí 's Feilimí ann. Feilimí's boat with Feilimí 'board.

Notes

Liner notes

This is another song which is taught to all irish school children at a young age. It tells the story of Feilimí Cam Ó Baoill, a chieftain of the Rosses in the 17th century. He had to take to the Islands off Donegal to escape his archenemy Maolmhuire an Bhata Bhuí Mac Suibhne. Tory Island was more inaccessible and seemed safer than Gola, but his little boat was wrecked there. For me, the song is one of defiance and bravery in spite of terrible odds. It is a song of encouragement that we should be true to ourselves even if being true mean 'defeat.' A song of the beauty of freedom. And a song of the power of the sea as a metaphor for the unconscious mind. It shows that we can never escape our soul.

Sinéad O'Connor (Source: Sean-Nós Nua)

Musicians

(Source: Sean-Nós Nua)

Sinéad O'Connor vocals
Abdullah Chhadeh quanun
Nick Coplowe Hammond
Dónal Lunny acoustic guitar, bouzouki, keyboard, bodhrán, bodhrán bass
Kieran Kelly whistle
Skip McDonald electric guitar
Rob Ó Géibheannaigh flute, strings, whistle
Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie drums, bass, piano
Bernard O'Neill acoustic bass
Professor Stretch drum programming, bass programming
Sharon Shannon accordion
Steve Wickham fiddle, mandolin, banjo

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