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Thread #48568   Message #922403
Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
31-Mar-03 - 08:33 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Happy immigration songs (discuss also)
see Chan eil mulad oirnnWe are not sad [to be leaving] in Gaelic. The story connected with the song is not so happy, however. Iain mac Murchaidh composed his song before emigrating. He went to N Carolina in 1774 and fought in the American War of Independance, on the Loyalist side. Some say he died while a fugitive from the American soldiers and others that he died after being taken prisoner. His songs were preserved by a comrade Iain mac a' Ghobha who didn't likn the new world enough to stay there, and returned to Scotland. Though perhaps Iain mac a' Ghobha returned with the money for land and cattle; I don't know. He brought back songs that Iain mac Murchaidh had composed in America. I must see if any of those were happy. A song called Tha Mulad Orm - I AM Sad - is about his marriage!