Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór
The Chieftains Lyrics


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Bliain an taca seo d'imigh uaim rún mo chléibh
Ní thiocfaidh sé abhaile go dtabharfaidh sé cúrsa an tsaoil
Nuair a chífead é rithfead le fuinneamh ró-ard ina chomhair's
Clúdód le mil é, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór

Bíonn mo mháthair is m'athair ag bearradh's ag bruíon liom féin
Táim giobaithe piocaithe, ciapaithe, cráite dem shaol
Thugas taitneamh don duine úd dob fhinne's dob aille snó
Is chuaigh sé ar bhord loinge, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór

These twelve months and better my darling has left these shore
He ne'er will come back 'til he travels the?? world o'er
And when he returns with laurels I'll crown him all o'er
He's the finest of lovers, sweet Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór

Rachadsa chun coille agus caithféad an chuid eile dem shaol
San áit ná béidh éinne ag éisteacht le ceol na n-éan
Ag bun an chrainn chaorthainn mar a bhfásann ann féar go leor
Ag tabhart taitnimh don duine úd, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór





He's the finest of lovers, sweet Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór

Overall Meaning

The Chieftains' song Jimmy Mó Mhíle Stór is a lament of love and longing that speaks of a lover who has left his beloved for over a year. The singer reveals that her lover will not return until he has traveled the world and fulfilled his destiny. She speaks of her parents being impatient and hounding her constantly, while she herself is consumed with worry, anxiety, and pain. She daydreams about meeting him and seeing him return with great success, ready to claim his rightful place in the world. The song is a bittersweet reflection on the nature of love and loss, the uncertainty of the future, and the hope and resilience that sustain us even in our darkest moments.


Line by Line Meaning

Bliain an taca seo d'imigh uaim rún mo chléibh
In this season, my secret love left my side


Ní thiocfaidh sé abhaile go dtabharfaidh sé cúrsa an tsaoil
He will not return until he completes his journey through life


Nuair a chífead é rithfead le fuinneamh ró-ard ina chomhair's
When I see him, I will run towards him with an overwhelming energy


Clúdód le mil é, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór
Covered in honey, he is my beloved Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór


Bíonn mo mháthair is m'athair ag bearradh's ag bruíon liom féin
My mother and father scold and bother me


Táim giobaithe piocaithe, ciapaithe, cráite dem shaol
I am troubled and worried with every little thing in my life


Thugas taitneamh don duine úd dob fhinne's dob aille snó
I gave pleasure to that fine, beautiful man


Is chuaigh sé ar bhord loinge, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór
He went aboard a ship, that is Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór


Rachadsa chun coille agus caithféad an chuid eile dem shaol
I will go to the forest and leave the rest of my life behind


San áit ná béidh éinne ag éisteacht le ceol na n-éan
In a place where no one will listen to the music of the birds


Ag bun an chrainn chaorthainn mar a bhfásann ann féar go leor
At the bottom of a rowan tree, where there is plenty of grass growing


Ag tabhart taitnimh don duine úd, is é Jimmy mo mhíle stór
Giving pleasure to that man, who is Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór


He's the finest of lovers, sweet Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór
Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór is the best lover of all




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tom canterbury


on North Amerikay

the great accapella version by kevin on tribute to their harpist