Three Sailors

Breton (Brezhoneg)

Tri Martolod

Tri martolod yaouank... la la la...
Tri martolod yaouank i vonet da veajiñ (bis)

E vonet da veajiñ, gê!
E vonet da veajiñ (bis)

Gant 'n avel bet kaset... la la la...
Gant 'n avel bet kaset beteg an Douar Nevez (bis)

Beteg an Douar Nevez, gê!
Beteg an Douar Nevez (bis)

E-kichen mein ar veilh... la la la...
E-kichen mein ar veilh o deus mouilhet o eorioù (bis)

O deus mouilhet o eorioù, gê !
O deus mouilhet o eorioù (bis)

Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se... la la la...
Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se e oa ur servijourez (bis)

Pelec'h hor graet konesañs, gê !
Pelec'h hor graet konesañs (bis)

En Naoned er marc'had... la la la...
En Naoned er marc'had on-oa choajet ur walenn (bis)

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English

Three Sailors

Three young sailors, tra la la…
Three young sailors went traveling

Went traveling!
Went traveling!

And the wind pushed them… la la la
The wind pushed them to Newfoundland

All the way to Newfoundland!
All the way to Newfoundland

Next to the windmill stone… la la la
Next to the windmill stone, they threw down the anchor

They threw down the anchor!
They threw down the anchor!

And in that windmill… la la la
And in that windmill was a servant girl

Where have we met before?
Where have we met before?

We met in Nantes* at the market… la la la
In Nantes at the market, we chose a ring

Submitted by clinke on Sun, 03/04/2011 - 19:18
Author's comments:

I don't speak Breton, so I translated the French translation of this into English. This song was a sea chanty from Brittany, an area of France where people from southern England came to live about 1500 years ago, bringing with them their language which we now call Breton. The number of native speakers has dwindled in the last few centuries though. Sad

* Nantes is a city in western France

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