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Dilín ó deamhas
(Irish Children's Lap Game Song)
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This is a song to sing with a little kid in your lap. The chorus seems to be nonsense and most people don't even try to translate it. You can find a rough translation in the notes below.

Dilín ó deamhas
Forever Oh
Children's Lap Game Song
(Irish Gaelic)
Children's Lap Game Song
(English)

(Curfá)
Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas
Dilín ó deamhas ó dí
Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas ó deamhas ó
Dilín ó deamhas ó dí

Chuiread* mo rún chun suain,
Chuiread mo rún 'na luí,
Chuiread mo rún chun suain go ciúin,
Le dilín ó deamhas ó dí.

(Curfá)

Is buachaill aniar aniar,
Is buachaill aniar an fear,
Is buachaill aniar aniar aniar,
'S is cailín ón sliabh a bhean.

(Curfá)

Caithimis suas is suas é,
Caithimis suas an páiste,
Caithimis suas is suas is suas é,
'S tiocfaidh sé 'nuas amárach.

(Curfá)

(Chorus)
Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas
Dilín ó deamhas ó dí
Dilín ó deamhas ó deamhas ó deamhas ó
Dilín ó deamhas ó dí.

I lulled my darling to sleep
I put my darling to bed
I lulled my darling to sleep to sleep,
With dilín o deamhas o dí.

(Chorus)

The boy is from the West, the West,
The boy is from the West, a man,
The boy is from the West, West, West,
And the girl from the mountain his lady.

(Chorus)

Throw him upwards and up,
Throw the child up,
Throw him upwards and up and up,
And he will come down tomorrow.
 
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Notes

About the Chorus

I was able to find some meaning of the words to the chorus by searching back in old Irish Gaelic dictionaries. Here's what I came up with...

Chorus:

Forever oh shears oh shears
Forever oh shears oh need
Forever oh shears oh shears oh shears oh
Forever oh shears oh need.

Definitions of Words:

Deamhas = shears or sheep-shears
Dilín = never, ever, forever
ó = from, since, oh
di = little or want/need (?)

Can anyone confirm the meaning of the words in the chorus? Please email me if you can. Thanks! Lisa

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