Cúnnla, the song, the man, Irish spirit that comes in the night. lyrics Conla

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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
here: http://fandalism.com/seannos/chlI

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
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About Mike

Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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