HIRAETH lyrics and chords
The lyrics and chords fit Siwsann George’s version from her album. The sheet music is included in G Major plus the mandolin tab and tin whistle notes ‚Traditional Folk Songs of Wales / Caneuon Traddodiadol Cymru’ without the bagpipes intro and outro. Use a capo on the 2nd fret. This song relates to longing, most likely for a loved one. The song's writer suggests that longing never goes away, well it actually does after a period of time.
(G)Dwedwch, fawrion o wybodaeth
O ba beth y (D)gwaethpwyd (G)hiraeth;
A pha ddefnydd (D)a roed (G)ynddo
Na ddarfyddo (D7)wrth ei (G)wisgo.
(G)Derfydd aur a derfydd arian
Derfydd melfed, (D)derfydd (G)sidan;
Derfydd pob di(D)elldyn (G)helaeth
Eto er hyn ni (D7)dderfydd (G)hiraeth.
(G)Hiraeth, mawr a hiraeth creulon
Hiraeth sydd yn (D)torri (G)’nghalon,
Pan fwy’ dyrma’ ’r (D)nos yn (G)cysgu
Fe ddaw hiraeth (D7)ac a’m (G)deffry.
(G)Hiraeth, Hiraeth, cilia, cilia
Paid â phwysgo (D)mor drwm (G)arna’,
Nesa tipyn (D)at yr (G)erchwyn
Gad i mi gael (D7)cysgu (G)gronyn.
English Lyrics Translation
Tell me, masters of Wisdom from what thing is longing made;
And what is put in it that it never fades through wearing it.
Gold fades, silver fades, velvet fades. Silk fades,
Everything fades - but longing never fades.
Great and cruel longing breaks my heart,
When I am sleeping at my heaviest at night.
Longing comes and wakes me.
Go away longing and don’t wiegh so heavily upon me,
Let me have a moment of sleep.
Hiraeth sheet music in G Major