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Clannad — Croí Cróga
Album: Lore
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:56
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Fuair Rí na hAlbanna, Bás. Faraor,
Gan mac ar an tsaoil seo.
Tháinig fear as an deisceart
Rí Éamonn a hAon,
Ó, págánach cruálach.

Throid an slua
Uaisle is ísleacht,
Eatarthu féin.
Rinne dearmad go choíche
'bPatronach féin,
Seo finscéal

D'éag an Rí,
Gan mac ar an tsaoil seo
Bhí 'n teideal ag Éamonn
Throid na hóganaigh,
Daoine is tiarnaí
Eatarthu féin

Curadh go scithiúil,
A sheas i saghas cogaigh
Curadh gan anam
Curadh gan dóigh
'Crochadh tríocha
Tríocha gan uaisleacht
Agus buachaillí a bhí óg
Croí crualach
Finscéal beo

D'fháiscigh an mhaorgacht,
Ó mbriathra na hAlbanna,
Sé mbliain a bhí cróga,
Cróga go leor.
Íobair an láimh' seo
Ró-Casta, ró-bhrónach
Scairt siad a shaoirse,
Fear a bhí cróga
Croí cróga
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Google translate offers this:

King of the Blind, Death. Sadly,
Not a son of this world.
A man came from the south
King Eamon One,
Oh, cruel pagan.

The crowd fought
Ladies and gentlemen, \ t
Between themselves.
He never forgot
'Patron himself,
This legend

The King died,
Not a son of this world
Eamonn was entitled
The youths fought,
Most lonely people
Between themselves

Championly,
Which stood in sort of wars
Champion without soul
Unlikely champion
'Thirty
Thirty without nobility
And boys were young
Heart cruel
Live legend

Empty the majesty,
From the words of the Babies,
Six years were brave,
Brave enough.
This work is done by hand
Too Advanced, too sad
They shouted freely,
Man was brave
Brave Heart


 kaybee wrote:
Too bad there's no translation for the lyrics.  Beautiful piece.
 
Let me google that for you... (granted, this is a literal translation, so maybe not the most poetic.. but still, enough to give you the gist)

King of the Blind, Death. Sadly,
Not a son of this world.
A man came from the south
King Eamon One,
Oh, cruel pagan.

The crowd fought
Ladies and gentlemen,
Between themselves.
He never forgot
'Patron himself,
This legend

The King died,
Not a son of this world
Eamonn was entitled
The youths fought,
Most lonely people
Between themselves

Championly,
Which stood in sort of wars
Champion without soul
Unlikely champion
'Thirty
Thirty without nobility
And boys were young
Heart cruel
Live legend

Empty the majesty,
From the words of the Babies,
Six years were brave,
Brave enough.
This is the work of the hand
Too Advanced, too sad
They shouted freely,
Man was brave
Brave Heart
 zaebb wrote:
please someone kill me,  so terrible music this song, no no good ok
 
Just how I felt with the last track I listened too before going to bed. a Tom Waits song.
Sums up the diverse tastes of RP's listeners?
please someone kill me,  so terrible music this song, no no good ok
Clannad absorbs all of the trash energy from the room to fill the space with intensely beautiful organic music. If you are distressed, Clannad will provide peace.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

I checked the Wikipedia pages of Clannad and for Karen Dreijer and there is no mention of collaboration between the two.  I can only conclude that it is one of the Brennan family that is singing on this - either Enya or Marie or maybe both. But not Karen Dreijer.
 
I was mentioning that someone had commented that a Fever Ray song sounded like one of the Clannad singers had taken over. That Bill or Rebecca paired up that Fever Ray song with this Clannad song is either brilliant DJ-ing, expert trolling, or both.
 Solanus wrote:
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart => this = Brilliant, given this exchange on If I Had A Heart's page:

Rockstable:

After three minutes of listening, I'm expecting it change into drums, bass, rhythm and lead. Instead it drones on until Enya joins in singing. I don't want to hear anymore. Thank goodness for the PSD option!

fredriley:

Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.

dc_zee:

Given Bill's follow up to "If I had a Heart" with "Clap Hands", he may be testing your theory.  If he had followed with Sinatra, I would have been able to confirm this... 

 
I checked the Wikipedia pages of Clannad and for Karen Dreijer and there is no mention of collaboration between the two.  I can only conclude that it is one of the Brennan family that is singing on this - either Enya or Marie or maybe both. But not Karen Dreijer.
 Solanus wrote:
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart => this = Brilliant,.... 

 
They fit together very well.  Both have that ominous Druids-at-Stonehenge quality to them.
Saw this band at a theater in Boulder, CO in the early 90s. One of the best concerts I've ever seen.  Recently watched the DVD of the concert in the Irish Cathedral, I believe it was.  Very beautiful.  I was "raised on rock," but sometimes this music fits the bill.
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart => this = Brilliant, given this exchange on If I Had A Heart's page:

Rockstable:

After three minutes of listening, I'm expecting it change into drums, bass, rhythm and lead. Instead it drones on until Enya joins in singing. I don't want to hear anymore. Thank goodness for the PSD option!

fredriley:

Enya?!? You need to wash your ears out, mate - Karen Dreijer Andersson is as far from Enya as Tom Waits is from Frank Sinatra. For sure, this is a love it or hate it album - I love it to bits because it's so disturbing, different and quirky, but to others it's plain earache. It's a shame that this was just one of Karen's one-offs, as I'd snap up any follow-up. 9 from the unsettled Nottingham jury.

dc_zee:

Given Bill's follow up to "If I had a Heart" with "Clap Hands", he may be testing your theory.  If he had followed with Sinatra, I would have been able to confirm this... 
Happy St Patrick's day ye all
Moving toward the light
Death by reverb. (see also: Loreena McKennitt)
Thanks. Needed my daily Celtic fix.
  agnes wrote:
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................

This tune represents the epitome of lukewarm. 
 
Cynaera wrote:

They don't dive off ten-story buildings and land on their heads. They don't set fire to themselves onstage. They don't stomp puppies. Sorry they bore you.  If you have other music you'd prefer to hear, upload it.  Meanwhile, I'm betting that John Tesh, Yanni, and Michael Hedges are the equivalent of the devil to you.  Personally, I love some of their individual music, but I'm not above driving at 90 mph with "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue.{#Mrgreen}

 
{#Biggrin}

interesting music allright
Is breá liom Clannad! Got turned onto them back in '88 or '89 by a Nihonjin with great taste in music. Loved their song with Bono, too...
 apd wrote:


Ditto

 

 kaybee wrote:
Too bad there's no translation for the lyrics.  Beautiful piece.

 
Here is a translation from Google Translate - not sure of its accuracy.
 
yup: Robin of Sherwood, with Michael Praed, then Sean Conner's son, a very young Ray Winston, and the totally dishy Judi Trott. *swoon*
(But it was on ITV, not BBC, early Saturday evenings.)

Gutter wrote:
The BBC did a great TV program based on Robin Hood I think in the early 90's where Clannad did all the sound track for.  Great stuff!

 


 bh1 wrote:
Marie Brennen, if she is still the lead singer for Clannad is the sister of Enya. FYI.

 
When they started both Enya and Moya were in the band. I think Enya has still done lots with them after her solo carreer took off.
Too bad there's no translation for the lyrics.  Beautiful piece.
 k_trout wrote:
Her beautiful voice was so right for Last of the Mohicans.  What a movie, what a soundtrack.

 
It sure was. 
Five days of rain here...
Seven more forecast...
RP is playing appropriate music for rainy days indoors...   


Easier to listen and enjoy thoughtful music ... maybe have something warming as the sun sets. 
Her beautiful voice was so right for Last of the Mohicans.  What a movie, what a soundtrack.
I saw Clannad during their first North American tour (1976?) at a small college in Ohio. They were very unassuming and genuine folks. Sufficiently so that they even ate the pretty awful food in the cafeteria. Maybe typical Irish fare is similar to English food, which would explain  their choosing to eat there, or maybe a free meal was the ticket. The concert was great. 
Beautiful {#Sunny} Lost my old cassette and had forgotten how much I loved their sound.  Ordered a new CD immediately through the Amazon UK link for a total of about $4!  thanks Bill {#Yes}
 Cynaera wrote:

They don't dive off ten-story buildings and land on their heads. They don't set fire to themselves onstage. They don't stomp puppies. Sorry they bore you.  If you have other music you'd prefer to hear, upload it.  Meanwhile, I'm betting that John Tesh, Yanni, and Michael Hedges are the equivalent of the devil to you.  Personally, I love some of their individual music, but I'm not above driving at 90 mph with "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue.{#Mrgreen}
 




I had forgotten just how beautiful they are...gives me chills. 
Marie Brennen, if she is still the lead singer for Clannad is the sister of Enya. FYI.
Wonderful stuff. For the guy who wanted Scots' Gaelic, have a listen to Capercaillie.
Is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin singing here?
 Sasha2001 wrote:
Sorry, not my cup of mead.
 
Clannad being Irish, and singing in Irish, mead isn't what's likely to fill your cup, more like porter with a side snifter of Irish whiskey :*)

Stunning music, has travelled the years well. Saw them a couple of years ago they were superb, met and chatted a while afterwards, and they signed a CD too, very fine people IMO. 9


Sorry, not my cup of mead.
 Gutter wrote:
The BBC did a great TV program based on Robin Hood I think in the early 90's where Clannad did all the sound track for.  Great stuff!
 
I have that series on DVD - a lot of extra footage and interviews. Robert Addie died of lung cancer (he was Sir Guy of Gisbourne). {#Cry}  It was a wonderful series, and what made it resonate was the music of Clannad.  I still trot the DVDs out and watch them once in awhile, just because sometimes I need the earthiness of Clannad...

Good stuff.  Always like these folks.
I'm with Agnes

Does nowt for me I'm afraid
Toga! Toga! TOGA!
 agnes wrote:
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................

This tune represents the epitome of lukewarm. 
 
They don't dive off ten-story buildings and land on their heads. They don't set fire to themselves onstage. They don't stomp puppies. Sorry they bore you.  If you have other music you'd prefer to hear, upload it.  Meanwhile, I'm betting that John Tesh, Yanni, and Michael Hedges are the equivalent of the devil to you.  Personally, I love some of their individual music, but I'm not above driving at 90 mph with "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue.{#Mrgreen}
Been watching the 1983-85 British Robin Hood series.  Clannad composed the theme and incidental music.
Wowwwww! Clannad! Now there's band you never hear on the radio! Yay!
Love it!
Lyrics and translation here.  IIRC, this was originally meant to be used in the film Braveheart.
 Slick wrote:
So refreshing to hear an innovated group like Clannad on RP. First saw them at the International House in Philly in 80(?) simply mesmerizing...
 

Yeah, and this is one of my FAVORITES of theirs. {#Good-vibes}
So refreshing to hear an innovated group like Clannad on RP. First saw them at the International House in Philly in 80(?) simply mesmerizing...
 fredriley wrote:
Nice to hear Clannad in more contemplative mood and singing in Irish Gaelic, a wonderful singing language (though not as nice IMHO as Scots Gaelic but then I spent time learning that so I'm biased :)). Anyone fancy posting the lyrics and a translation for us Celtophiles?

 
Found them here Fred:

https://www.clannad.org.uk/lyrics/croi_croga.php

Haven't heard this in years, will have to dig it out and play more Clannad later today {#Music}
EXACTLY. I don't think even sister Enya can hold a candle to her.

 
rbigelo wrote:
This is the real thing. It's not "Celtic Woman" or "Celtic Thunder." I saw them "in the session" at a pub in County Galway performing a session to "Down by the Sally Gardens" and I nearly wept, Maire's voice is so beautiful.
 


Saw them live in Boulder, CO, in the early 90s.  One of the best shows I've ever seen.
They really surprised me.  The guitar player was excellent, and Maire's voice, too.
 Gutter wrote:
The BBC did a great TV program based on Robin Hood I think in the early 90's where Clannad did all the sound track for.  Great stuff!
 
You're right; I have the soundtrack, and if you like this you would probably like that soundtrack.
'Tis beautiful.
This is the real thing. It's not "Celtic Woman" or "Celtic Thunder." I saw them "in the session" at a pub in County Galway performing a session to "Down by the Sally Gardens" and I nearly wept, Maire's voice is so beautiful.
The BBC did a great TV program based on Robin Hood I think in the early 90's where Clannad did all the sound track for.  Great stuff!


Maire Brennan, one of the great Celtic voices. She does a great duo with Bono called "in a lifetime".


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................

This tune represents the epitome of lukewarm. 
Wowwwwwww... CLANNAD! I'm impressed!

Light years better than little sister Enya! 
Leaves me awestruck and goosepimply.  I have no idea what they're singing about, and I don't care.  I love it.
What's that funky noise in the back? Sounds like something in a TOOL/APC song?
Ditto the more Clannad please comment
Nice to hear Clannad in more contemplative mood and singing in Irish Gaelic, a wonderful singing language (though not as nice IMHO as Scots Gaelic but then I spent time learning that so I'm biased :)). Anyone fancy posting the lyrics and a translation for us Celtophiles?

Good to hear Clannad again. All of my cassettes wore out. :-/
 ClaireWild wrote:
Got loads of Clannad on tapes.....mostly worn out. Nice to hear this again.........just picked  it up on  CD from Amazon at $1.45. Great bargain for good sounds. These guys were making chilled out celtic sounds before most others. So.
 
Hey, Co Down here! It's great to get back to pieces unheard in a long time, most of my Clannad music (Macalla, Magical Ring....) was vinyl but managed to get CDs from the library recently.

 ClaireWild wrote:
Great bargain for good sounds. These guys were making chilled out celtic sounds before most others. So.
 
Many years before anyone else, since 1973. Quite a record. And so much better than the overproduced, packaged stuff of today. Would definitely be nice to hear some more Clannad on RP.

Got loads of Clannad on tapes.....mostly worn out. Nice to hear this again.........just picked  it up on  CD from Amazon at $1.45. Great bargain for good sounds. These guys were making chilled out celtic sounds before most others. So.
More often would be my preference .... a very nice thing indeed !!
 
culchie wrote:
A little Clannad now and again is a nice thing.
 


A little Clannad now and again is a nice thing.