Watch: Bean Pháidín

Popular Irish Song

Kids in Ireland have been learning this Irish language song for decades.

Meaning

The title in Irish Gaelic means "Páidín's Wife". It's a cruel story about a woman lamenting that she is not Páidín's wife, and wishes the worst upon his wife!

Singer

Sung by Siobhán, Bitesize Irish language assistant. She is practiced in "sean-nós" traditional Irish singing.

Lyrics for Bean Pháidín

Chorus:
‘S é’n trua nach mise, nach mise
‘S é’n trua nach mise bean Pháidín
‘S é’n trua nach mise, nach mise
‘S an bhean atá aige bheith caillte

Rachainn go Gaillimh go Gaillimh
Is rachainn go Gaillimh le Páidín
Rachainn go Gaillimh go Gaillimh
Is thiocfainn abhaile sa mbád leis

Chorus

Rachainn go haonach an Chlocháin
Is siar go Béal Á’ na Báighe
Bhreathnóinn isteach trí na fuinneogaí
Súil is go bhfeicfinn bean Pháidín

Chorus

Go mbristear do chosa, do chosa
Go mbristear do chosa, a bhean Pháidín
Go mbristear do chosa, do chosa
Go mbristear do chosa ‘s do chnámha

Chorus

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