Muileann Dubh, Am (The Black Mill)
DESCRIPTION: Gaelic. The black mill is moving around and we expect to go dancing. There are many things you wouldn't expect at the black mill
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Creighton-Maritime)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage dancing nonballad
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Creighton-Maritime, p. 179, "Black Mill, The" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The translation, as far as it goes, is from the Celtic Lyrics Corner site. Two verses are untranslated: "An cual thu gun robh snaoisean" (apparently something to do with "your faggot was without snuff") and "Tha gobhair is crodh-laoigh ann" (maybe "the goat and calf are there"). If you can translate this please update the entry.
Is the mill here symbolic, in a mythic sense? For a popular starting point for research on the mill as a non-sexual symbol see Hamlet's Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend. - BS
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