the song
title : Wind and rain
written by : traditional, arranged by Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley and Tony Byrne
song copyright : none; arrangement: copyright control 2009

the performance
musicians
Julie Fowlis vocals
with the band :
Tony Byrne guitars
Éamon Doorley bouzoukis
Tom Doorley flute
Martin O’Neill bodhrán, shaker
Ewan Vernal double bass
and guests :
Eddi Reader joint lead vocals
Sharon Shannon button box (=button accordion?)
music
key : modal on A
time-signature : 2/2
tempo : MM 70
form : V V V V V m V V V V V p
lyrics


An t-uisge is a’ ghaoth

bha dà phiuthar ann ’s lad a’ coiseachd sios an t-sràid
o an t-uisge is a’ ghaoth
phut an tè bu shine an tè eile dhan an t-sruth
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

there were two sisters came walking down the street
oh the wind and rain
older one pushed the younger one in
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

oir thug Seonaidh dhan tè b’ òige fàinne àlainn òir
o an t-uisge is a’ ghaoth
cha d’ fhuair an tè eile aon sian dhe chuid
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

so she pushed her into the river to drown
oh the wind and rain
watched her as she floated down
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

flodradh gus an d’ rànaig i linne mhòr a’ chasg
o an t-uisge is a’ ghaoth
athair, o ahtair, seall an eala air an t-snàmh
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

then out of the woods came a fiddler fair
oh the wind and rain
he plucked thirty strands of her long yellow hair
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

is rinn e bogha grinn dhen gaoisnean bàn
oh the wind and rain
then he made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

agus rinn e cnagan-fidhle dhe a corragan caola
oh the wind and rain
and he made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

and he made a little fiddle of her own breast bone
o an t-uisge is a’ ghaoth
which sound would melt a heart of stone
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

is an aona phort a thigeadh a-mach às an fhidheall
o an t-uisge is a’ ghaoth
only tune that the fiddle would play
was oh the dreadful wind and rain
sior chaoineadh, an t-uisge is gaoir na ghaoithe

translation :

Wind and rain

there were two sisters came walking down the street
oh the wind and the rain
older one pushed the younger one in
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

there were two sisters came walking down the street
oh the wind and rain
older one pushed the younger one in
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

’cos Johnny gave the youngest one a gay gold ring
oh the wind and the rain
didn’t give the other one anything
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

so she pushed her into the river to drown
oh the wind and the rain
watched her as she floated down
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

she floated till she came to the miller’s pond
oh the wind and the rain
cried, father, oh father there swims a swan
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain


then out of the woods came a fiddler fair
oh the wind and rain
he plucked thirty strands of her long yellow hair
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

then he made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair
oh the wind and rain
then he made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

and he made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones
oh the wind and rain
and made fiddle pegs of her long finger bones
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

and he made a little fiddle of her own breast bone
oh the wind and the rain
which sound would melt a heart of stone
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

and the only tune that the fiddle would play
oh the wind and the rain
only tune that the fiddle would play
was oh the dreadful wind and rain
crying oh the dreadful wind and rain

explanations
Julie takes the lead vocal on the Gaelic phrases/verses and Eddi the lead on the English ones; each provides the backing vocals for the other (shown by the green text, but because the flute is so voice-like and the Gaelic consonants are so soft it is often difficult to hear exactly where backing vocals join the texture)

the recording
personnel
produced by : Éamon Doorley and Julie Fowlis
recorded by : Paul Mcgeechan at Park Lane Studios, Glasgow; additional engineering by Keith Bird
mixed by : Paul Mcgeechan at Park Lane Studios, Glasgow
mastered by : Paul Mcgeechan at Master CDs
technical
track timing : 3:45
song timing : 3:41
released on
album : Uam : from me track 2