“An Cailin Aerach (The Airy/Light-Hearted Girl)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (recording, Maire O'Sullivan)
Keywords: foreignlanguage jealousy infidelity accusation warning lover
Found in: Ireland


Irish Gaelic: Singer comes home with the airy girl "tired and weakened." He apologizes to her; woman of the house comes down in a fury and banishes the girl. He sings the girl's praises, and warns the girls of the neighborhood not to keep his company


[Lomax's] plot descriptions are frustratingly vague; the "woman of the house" is described by Lomax as the man's sweetheart, but she sounds more like a wife. And what is he apologizing for, that left the girl "tired and weakened"? - PJS