Down By The Salley Gardens​/​Thíos Cois Garraithe Na Saillí

from Whorls by Enda Reilly

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This is the only Whorl that I didn't compose the music for but i felt the Irish version provided by Gabriel Rosenstock had something new to offer, plus it's such a lovely tune.This uses my 2 capo trick with one capo reversed. other instruments used on this were my electric fiddle, a Concertina sound on the thumjam app on the ipad. The steel guitar sound in the background was me playing my guitar through the MIDI Guitar and Thumbjam apps on the Ipad which then made my guitar sound like a steel guitar which was fun.


Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

Thíos cois gharraithe na sailí dúinn mé féin is mo mhíle grá
Ghabh sí thar gharraithe na sailí is a dhá coisín chomh bán.
Bog breá, ar sí, a stóirín, mar dhuilleoga ag teacht ar an gcrann
Ach bhíos-sa baoth is díomhaoin, is ar chiall do bhí mé gann.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.

I ngort cois na habhann dúinn, mé féin is grá mo chléibh
Leag sí lámh ar ghualainn liom, lámh álainn lonrach ghlé.
Breá bog, ar sí, a stóirín, mar a éiríonn an chora glas
Ach bhíos-sa baoth is díomhaoin, féach na deora liom go fras.


from Whorls, released December 21, 2015




Enda Reilly Plymouth, Michigan

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist drawing influences from the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Dick Gaughan.
Rooted in the past with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song.
Original songs in Irish and English, WB Yeats' poetry and collaborations.
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