Album version 3:39 Gaelic 1988

Liner notes

The Longships, the famed war ships of the Vikings. The Irish Annals tell us that the first Viking raid in Ireland was at a place called Rechru (Rathlin Island) in 795. By 841 Dublin (Duibh-Linn or black pool) was one of the first Viking settlements or Longphorts in Ireland.
notes by Roma Ryan
Only Time: The Collection, 2002

Trivia

An early version of ‘The Longships’ appeared in the 1987 BBC documentary ‘The Celts’.

Gaelic lyrics

Him
Die-yeh o
him
die yeh
him
Die yeh o
him
die yeh
Him-o-ro-ho-ro
Die yeh o
him
Die yeh
him hi- ri u ho-ro-u him
die yeh him die yeh o

La…

Hoireann is o ro
Ta muid beo
Him o ro ho
Go deo na ndeor

Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
La… him ho-ro-ho
Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
La… him ho-ro-ho
Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
La… him ho-ro-ho

Hoireann is o ro
Ta muid beo
Him o ro ho
Go deo na ndeor

Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
Him-o-ro-ho
Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
Him-o-ro-ho
Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Him-o-ro-ho

Hi ri u
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
Him-o-ro-ho
Hi ri u die yeh o die yeh
Ho ro ho
Ho ri u
Him-o-ro-ho
Hi ri u die yeh o die yeh
Ho ro ho
Him-o-ro-ho
die yeh o die yeh…

Translation

We live,
forever and ever.

lyrics by Roma Ryan
EMI Music Publishing Ltd, 1988