Chuala mi e

I heard it

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon
performance time approx 0m 40s (sung three times through)
traditional Gaelic words and tune
Price code: A
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This piece is part of the set Mouth music set 1
The next piece is Còta fad air Dòmhnull Lòm
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Chuala mi e individually using the link on this page.
This is a driving piece of Gaelic puirt-a-beul ('poorsht-a-beel') or mouth music - the name for songs written to accompany dancing. It's probably a fragment of a longer piece and is about some piece of hearsay: 'I heard it three times, a fourth time when my lover came back to me'.
Traditionally, puirt-a-beul is sung unaccompanied and in unison but the tunes harmonise very well. Frequently they are sung in sequences of three or four, each song leading without a break into the next. Chuala mi e works well as the second song in the following set of four: Tha bean agam; Chuala mi e; Còta fad air Dòmhnull lòm; 'S ann an Ile (all published by Canasg).

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Chuala mi e (I heard it)

Chuala mi e, chuala, chuala, chuala mi o thruir e
Chuala mi e, chuala, chuala, chuala mi o thruir e
Chuala mi e, chuala, chuala, chuala mi o thruir e
Chuala mi o cheathrar e gu'n tug mo leannan cul rium.
traditional Gaelic song
I heard it three times, from three people
I heard it a fourth time when my lover came back to me
Canasg editors

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