Thursday, February 19, 2009

What Do The Lyrics To The Song "Ebudae" By Enya Mean?

This morning the song Ebudae by Enya came into my head. I want it played at my funeral as I have always thought it was a beautiful, calming song. I googled and found a number of pages that discussed the lyrics.

One website posted the song (which is in gaelic) how it sounds phonetically:

Eww harlay eyuwee heewah oohah sharlay marc toh cheeteeh woodenuh.
Aran doi dig coh hoh partenuh ooh lee ah ooh harlorh.
Eww harlay eyuwee heewah oohah harlay mwahnee kahah montenah.
Ooh de keewah! Ooh de keewah!
Oohnah li ansai angrass de la ooh hoo lee ah ooh harlorh.

Ahh

Amharc, mn ag obair l mall san och,
Ceolann siad ar laetha geal, a bh,
Bealach fada annon anall a choch.

Ahh

Eww harlay eyuwee heewah oohah harlay wooneenchi doidig dohtenuh, dohtenuh, dohtenuh
Ooh de keewah!
Woohnah wui an jaeshah woodenuh ooh lee ah ooh harlorh.
Eww harlay eyuwee heewah oohah sharlay marc toh cheeteeh woodenuh.
Ooh de keewah! Ooh de keewah!
Aran doi dig coh hoh partenuh ooh lee ah ooh harlorh.
Ooh Eww harlay eyuwee heewah oohah Ooh Li an kahah montenah.


An interesting comment in this forum said that if played backwards you got these lyrics and that it was not in gaelic at all:

"oh, what did he do?"
"do you believe me, love?"
"i would finally lock the door, wouldn't I?"
"you love me."
"you with me?"
"should -or- she would cry."
"she'd do something you wouldn't do."
"and even with me, she would cry."
"ahhhhhh"
"come out in the sun, it's time for love"


But then other websites say it is sung in gaelic and the official translation is:

"Look, women working by day and late at night,
They sing of bright days that were,
A long way back and forth forever."


* The above lyrics make no sense

I put the actual lyrics into Google Translator and the above translation also came out. I guess the meaning now makes me rethink my choice. I still like the song. The whole album Shepherd Moons is very good. Preview it with the link below and buy it from iTunes or buy the whole album from Amazon.

iTunes Store Link: Ebudae by Enya

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