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Song & Recitation Cúnnla lyrics & song

From the Irish Roots Cafe house band
in Kansas City, Missouri.

The song by the name of Cúnnla tells the
tale of Cúnnla, the man. The lady of his
affections would at times spurn him, tell
him to go away – but as he would glance
backwards, she was always a winkin’ at him.

Making His Move
Finally, he worked up the courage to pay
a visit to the unnamed ladys cottage,
approaching slowly in the evening, tripping
over the ditches en route sure enough.
Strangely enough, he would find a light
in the window, and the front door open – a good
omen to be sure.

The Lady
As we hear in the song, Cúnnlas lady of choice
could hear him approaching, and repeatedly
says No, No! come no further, but the door
remains open and the light in the window cleary
shone the way.

My interpretation
Well, that is the story that I interpret from
this old Sean Nós tune. It is also known as
a tickling song and as a lullaby. My first
practice singing of this song just went online

The missing lyrics
The lyrics follow, and I will be including
more in my final version. There are two ending
verses, which were locked up either in London
Tower or the National Library some 150 years
ago, we assume for good reason at the time.


‘Who’s down there a knocking the ditches down? (X3)
Nobody only Connla
English Chorus:
‘Connla, dear, don’t come any nearer me! (X3)
‘Maybe I shouldn’t,’ says Connla.
Irish Chorus:
‘A Chonnla, a chroí, ná tearaigh níos goire dhum!
‘Mise féin,’ a dúirt Connla.
‘Who’s that there a tapping the windowpane?’ (x3)
Nobody only Connla (its only me says cunnla)
Who’s that there raking the fire for me? (x3)
Nobody only Connla(its only me says cunnla)
‘Who’s that there that’s dragging the blankets off?’
Nobody only Connla(its only me says cunnla)
‘Who’s that there that’s tickling the toes of me?’ (x3)
Nobody only Connla(its only me says cunnla)

About the Author
A one of a kind resource, Mike has authored 12 hardbound books;
30 Irish County guides, 20 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts,
7 broadcast series’, and hundreds of articles. Today, he hosts
the first weekly podcast on Irish Family History at
at the Irish Roots Cafe in Kansas City, Missouri.

His traditional Irish and Sean Nós album is available with free samples at:

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The Lynching of Danny Boy The Irish roots Cafe…….
Irish Song: Traditional & Sean Nós……

Danny Boy & me………
Every time out on holidays where you might find
old Irish songs being sung, I hear people say,
as I once did, ‘Oh, all that Danny Boy @!%#* ‘

Well, here is what I was told many decades ago,
and I kindly repeat it when the occasion arises.

( I know that some do not sing the song well,
and some do not show it respect when they sing it.
But this is about the song, not the singer.
This is to say why so many people respect it yet today,
despite the scornful ridicule heaped upon them.)

Taken From the liner notes to “Irish Song…
” ————————————————————————————-
“Oi, Mike O’Laughlin! Legal os vocais, gostamos! Parabéns!”
—  Geelumusic, São Paulo, Brasil., RN

Outside Ireland
Foolishly, I once remarked to my mother how out of touch and sentimental the old Irish songs were. Well, I was taught a quick lesson on that. It was not just the song itself, which was sung by people who lived a much harder life than I had. It was not just about our family who came from Ireland with the old ways. It was about all the people, all the times- good and bad, and the gatherings that went with it. From 19th century immigrant songs to Tin Pan Alley, the Irish way with a song was still with us – it was just growing in a different direction and with good reason ! My Lord, I stood on the shoulders of giants! From that moment on I realized why these songs touched the soul of millions of people, and I slandered them no more…. (I now understood, and included ‘Danny Boy’ on my first album, some 40 years later).

“Dear Mike, What a beautiful vocals, touches my heart…”
—  Ryo Utasato (Tokio, Japan), RN

I have no more to add, but am thankful
that I had the notion to take a 2nd look….

-Mike O’Laughlin

P.S. The Company He Keeps (#4), Tracks of my album ‘Irish Song..’ below:
Album Sequence; alternate titles; and duration:

1) ‘Sí do mhaimeo í (She’s Your Granny) (Irish Wedding Song) 1:24
2) Come with me Over the Mountain 3:15
3) Óró, Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile! (Oro, you are welcome home) ! 2:12
4) Danny Boy 2:49
5) Slán agus Beannacht (Goodby and farewell) 2:24
6) The Boys of Mullaughbawn 3:18
7) Bean Pháidín ( I wanna be Paddys Girl), (Paddys Wife) 1:33
8) The Rocks of Bawn 4:03
9) Sadhbh NÍ Bhruinneallaigh (1:53
10) The Farmer Michael Hayes 3:00
11) Skibbereen 6:12
12) An t-Úll (The Apple) 2:17
13) My Name is Paddy Leary (Off to Philadelphia) 4:05
14) Róisin Dubh (My Little Black Rose) 2:34
15) The Kelly Song; (Too Many Kelleys) 2:21

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