Báidín Fheilimí

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Báidín Fheilimí on tin whistle

Báidín Fheilimí is a traditional Irish song, which originates in the Gaeltacht region in the north-west of County Donegal. It is usually taught to young children. The lyrics are in Irish and is based on the immortalization of a small boat owned by a man called Feilimí (Phelim).

It has been covered by artists such as Na Casaidigh, Sinéad O'Connor,[1] Angelo Branduardi, and Emmet Spiceland.[2]

There are some alternative versions of the last verse, either mentioning the boatload of fish or omitting it. The latter is common in more recent versions, wherein the easier verse Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann is used.[3]

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics, which are in the public domain, are as follows:

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

Curfá
Báidín bídeach, báidín beosach,
Báidín bóidheach, báidín Fheilimí.
Báidín díreach, báidín deontach,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Toraí,
Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Báidin Fheilimí is Feilimi ann.
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Báidin Fheilimí is Feilimi ann.

Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Iasc ar bhord agus Feilimí ann.
Báidín Fheilimí briseadh i dToraí,
Iasc ar bhord agus Feilimí ann.

===English translation===

Felimi's little boat went to Gola,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.
Felimi's little boat went to Gola,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.

Chorus
A tiny boat, a lively boat,
A charming boat, Felimi's little boat.
A straight boat, a willing boat,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.

Felimi's little boat went to Tory,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.
Felimi's little boat went to Tory
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.

Felimi's little boat broke on Tory,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.
Felimi's little boat broke on Tory,
Felimi's little boat and Felimi in it.

Felimi's little boat broke on Tory,
Fish on board and Felimi in it.
Felimi's little boat broke on Tory,
Fish on board and Felimi in it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sinead O'Connor - Baidin Fheilimi Lyrics
  2. ^ Báidín Fheidhlimí recorded as a single by Emmet Spiceland (1968) Available on 'Báidín Fheidhlimí- Selected Gael Linn Singles 1968-1980' (Gael Linn) 2013.
  3. ^ Traditional lyrics and translation