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Cur An Long Ag Seol

Posted on 15 Jan 2014


During the Summer we did a few days shooting this new music video for Cur an Long Ag Seol with a great Crew shooting between the passing clouds. It was a great experience working with director Wissame Cherfi who has had the great documentary We Are Dublin which I highly recommend.

Gustavo was rock solid as the camera man and Eirini and Niall were awesomely professional as the couple. Wissame and myself discussed what style of video might work for this song and he came up with this simple story as a human angle for the visuals. The lyrics to me, are about taking a journey as a sailor does out to sea or as we do everytime we put a new idea or creation into the world, or everytime we take a chance or face our demons. I think Wissame found a great aspect of that to explore in the video.

The Recording

The recording began with Mossy Nolan on mandolin and myself playing the guitar at the same time to get a nice groove and life into the base track. The double bass was recorded in Rama Block’s where we tried a few different feels over it but this on-the-beat straighter groove worked best in the end. Meanwhile an mp3 was sent to Christophe Capewell who was in England at the time and he recorded the violins and accordion and sent them to me over the internet to mix with the rest of the song. Gary Raymond added some nice shaker-like brushing percussion to round the mix out.

Translations!

Set the Ship A Sail (Translation 1)

Don’t the trees look delightfully thoughtful

As your lips sing sweetly a scale

and all cries turn into laughter

When I set the ship asail

So Set The Ship Asail

Set The Ship Asail

Sail her Sail her out to the broad sea

Come along

Isn’t she a beauty

We’ll eat our fill,

We’ll drink a pail,

Let’s Set The Ship Asail

The Shannon is grand to have fun in,

I’d eat fish before meat anyday

All sadness I’ll leave behind me

When I Set The Ship Asail

So Set The Ship Asail

Set The Ship Asail

Sail her Sail her out to the broad sea

Come along

Isn’t she a beauty

We’ll eat our fill,

We’ll drink a pail,

Let’s Set The Ship Asail

I left old home for the ocean

And I’ll not return to regale

I change from one life to the next life

When I Set The Ship Asail

So Set The Ship Asail

Set The Ship Asail

Sail her Sail her out to the broad sea

Come along

Isn’t she a beauty

We’ll eat our fill,

We’ll drink a pail,

So Let’s Set The Ship Asail

Set The Ship Asail (translation 2)

I’ve thoughts of tall trees in the breeze

Your lips singing sweetly a song

Enjoying the laughter all after

As we’re sailing softly along

Set the ship asail

Let’s set the ship asail

Sail sail upon the wide waters

Come with me

Oh what fine quarters

Fill up with grub

And barrels of ale we set the ship asail

And think of the Shannon with Salmon

Rising up all day long

My gloom is now a bright bloom

As I join in with your song

Set the ship asail

Let’s set the ship asail

Sail sail upon the wide waters

Come with me

Oh what fine quarters

Fill up with grub

And barrels of ale we set the ship asail

My notion’s to take to the oceans

in a bathtub small and oblong

To change from one life to another

And keep sailing softly along.

Set the ship asail

Let’s set the ship asail

Sail sail upon the wide waters

Come with me

Oh what fine quarters

Fill up with grub

And barrels of ale we set the ship asail

4 responses to “Cur An Long Ag Seol”

  1. Caomhán Ó Scolaí says:

    An-jab! Is breá liom an t-amhrán ón gcéad lá a chuala mé é agus tá an físeán fíor-fíorálainn. Comhghairdeachas libh ar fad. Déanfaidh mé craobhscaoileadh air. Caomhán

  2. Caoimhín(old bawn) says:

    Iontach an físean. Ach tá mé ag iarraidh na focail I nGaeilge. seans gur chaill mé iad ón bhliain seo caite. ag súil le tú a fheiceáil I mí Mhárta

  3. enda says:

    Gabh mo leithscéal Caoimhín, Seo hiad na liricí agus táim ag súil le mí na Márta.

    Nach deas iad na crainnte is smaointe
    Nach glórmhar do bheola le ceol,
    Is athraíonn gach gháir go gáire
    Nuair a cuirim an long ag seol.

    Cur an long ag seol
    Cur an Long ag seol
    Seol, Seol amach is amach í,
    Ó tar liom
    Nach álainn an teach í
    Neart le nithe
    Neart le nól
    Chuirimid an long ag seol.

    Nach deas í an tSionnan for fun in,
    Is fearr liom éisc ná feoil,
    Is athraionn gach gruaim le stuaim,
    Nuair a cuirim an long ag seol

    Cur an long ag seol
    Cur an Long ag seol
    Seol, Seol amach is amach í,
    Ó tar liom
    Nach álainn an teach í
    Neart le nithe
    Neart le nól
    Sure chuirimid an long ag seol.

    D’fhág mé mo seanteach don Atlantach
    Is ní bheidh mé ar ais go deo
    Is Athraíom ó shaol go saol
    Nuair a chuirim an long ag seol

    Cur an long ag seol
    Cur an Long ag seol
    Seol, Seol amach is amach í,
    Ó tar liom
    Nach aoibhinn an teach í
    Neart le nithe
    Neart le nól
    Sure Chuirimid an long ag seol.

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