Bealtaine Songs

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This first song, Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn, is the only traditional Irish Bealtaine song I’ve been able to find. It is on four recordings that I know of; Celtic For Kids by Barbary (click the link and then track 16 for a sound sample), Live in the Highlands by Maire Ni Chathasaigh, As Gaeilge by the Wolfe Tones (lisen to it here on youtube) and an English version of the song is on Heart is the Only Nation by Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith (titled “Summer, Summer”- a different version than the English lyrics given here).

Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn
– “We Have Brought the Summer with Us”

Thugamar féin an samhradh linn
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn
Samhradh buí ó luí na gréine
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn

Samhradh samhradh bainne na ngamhna
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn
Samhradh duilliúir thugamar an chraobh linn
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn

Bábóg na Bealtaine, maighdean an tSamhraidh
Suas gach cnoc is síos gach gleann
Cailíní maiseacha bán-gheala gléasta
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn

Cuileann is coll is trom is caorthann,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn,
Is fuinnseag ghléigeal bhéil an Átha,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn.

Thugamar féin an samhradh linn,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn,
Thugamar linn é is cé bhainfeadh dínn é?
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn.

Now in English-

We brought the summer with us
We brought the summer with us;
Summer golden in the setting of the sun
We brought the summer with us.
Summer summer milk from the calves
We brought the summer with us
Summer greenery, we brought the branch with us
We brought the summer with us
The Mayday doll maiden of the summer
Up every hill down every glen
Graceful girls all dressed in white
We brought the summer with us
Holly and hazel and elder and rowan,
We brought the summer with us;
And bright ash-tree at the mouth of the Ford,
We brought the summer with us.
We brought the summer with us,
We brought the summer with us;
We brought it with us, and who’d take it from us?
We brought the summer with us.

Here are some May songs that I think are from England:

Hal-an-tow
 Take the scorn and wear the horns. It was a crest when you were born
Your father’s father wore it. And your father wore it too

Robin Hood and Little John have both gone to the fair-o
We shall to the merry green wood, to hunt the buck and hare-o

Hal-an-tow, jolly rumbelow
We were up long before the day-o
To welcome in the summertime
To welcome in the May-o
For summer is coming in
And winter’s gone away

Padstow Morning Song
Unite and unite, oh let us all unite
For summer is a’coming today
And whither we are going, we all will unite
In the merry month of May.
Oh, where are the young men that now here should dance
For summer is a’coming today
Well some there are in England and some are in France
In the merry month of May
Oh, where are the maidens that now here should sing
For summer is a’coming today
They’re all out in the meadows a flower gathering
In the merry month of May
The young men of Padstow they might if the would
For summer is a’coming today
They might have built a ship and gilded it with gold
In the merry month of May
Oh where is Saint George, oh where is he oh
He’s down in his longboat upon the salt sea oh
Up flies the kite, down falls the lark-o
And Ursula Birdwood, she had an old ewe
And she died in her park-o
With a merry ring and joyful spring
For summer is a’coming today
Oh happy are the little birds and merrily do they sing
In the merry morning of May
Unite and unite oh let us all unite
For summer is a’coming today
And whither we are going we all will unite
In the merry month of May
In the merry month of May
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