Newsletter #40: September 2017

Song of the month: Ding Dong Dederó


“Song of the month” aims to encourage the readers of this newsletter to learn songs in Irish and sing them themselves. The lyrics of each song are provided, along with a translation into English and a link to a video of the song on YouTube.


This month’s song is “Ding Dong Dederó”, from the group Iontach. This is a traditional song for children and the title echoes the sound made by the blacksmith’s bouncing hammer.





Ding dong dederó, buaileam, a óga,Ding don dederó, let’s strike it, young people,
Ding dong dederó, ar na hinneonaibh. Ding don dederó, on the anvils.
Buail sin, a ghabha óig, íseal is éadrom, Strike that, young blacksmith, low and lightly,
Buaileam go léir é lena chéile.Let’s all strike it together.

CurfáChorus
Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró, Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró,
Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró, Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró,
Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró, Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró,
Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró. Ding dong dederó, ding dong deró.

Ding dong dederó, lúbam, a bhráithre,Ding dong dederó, let’s bend, brothers,
Ding dong dederó, an crú tiubh láidir.Ding dong dederó, the thick strong horseshoe.
Buail sin, a ghabha óig, íseal is éadrom, Strike that, young blacksmith, low and lightly,
Buaileam go léir é lena chéile.Let’s all strike it together.

Ding dong dederó, casam an t-iarann, Ding dong dederó, let’s turn the iron,
Ding dong dederó, ’na chorrán géar cíorach. Ding dong dederó, into a sharp serrated hook.
Buail sin, a ghabha óig, íseal is éadrom, Strike that, young blacksmith, low and lightly,
Buaileam go léir é lena chéile.Let’s all strike it together.

Ding dong dederó, teannam le fórsa, Ding dong dederó, let’s tighten with force,
Ding dong dederó, an banda cruinn córach. Ding dong dederó, the round shapely band.
Buail sin, a ghabha óig, íseal is éadrom, Strike that, young blacksmith, low and lightly,
Buaileam go léir é lena chéile.Let’s all strike it together.

Curfá x 2Chorus x 2