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taseck1 (207.192.199.22 - 207.192.199.22)
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 10:23 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm trying to find out what the original Irish Gaelic words were at the end of the song "Finnegan's Wake."

They are reported in dozens of websites as "Thanum an duil" which doesn't really seem to exist in any Gaelic language.

You know the song, the whiskey scatters over Tim, he revives and says,
"..... Do you think I'm dead?"

Any ideas on what the original words were, and how they translate?

Or who I could ask about them?

Thanks!

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Aonghus (193.120.237.66 - 193.120.237.66)
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 06:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Do anam ón diabhail

Your soul from the devil

Which is an exclamtion something like dammit

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taseck1 (207.192.199.22 - 207.192.199.22)
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thanks much! I received a very similar response from another site:
"D'anam don diabhal"

Your soul to the devil.

Maybe I can re-educate some Irish music lovers!
Peace,
Tom

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