Alan Stivell – Tri Martolod

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

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

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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)

Alan Stivell’s Version:

Nolwenn Leroy’s Version:

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)

E oa ur servijourez, gê !
E oa ur servijourez (bis)

Hag e c’houlenn ganin… la la la…
Hag e c’houlenn ganin pelec’h ‘n eus graet konesañs (bis)

Pelec’h on-oa konesañ, gê !
Pelec’h on-oa konesañs (bis)

En Naoned er marc’had… la la la…
En Naoned er marc’had on-oa choajet ur walenn (bis)

English Translation

Three young sailors (tra la la la )
Three young sailory went on a journey

The wind drove them
To the new world

Beside the stone of the old mill
They lowered anchor

And in the mill
There was a servant

She asked me
Where we got to know each other

In Nantes at the market
We chose a ring

The ring of engagement
And we were short before marriage

We will marry
Even if we don’t have any goods

My mother, you are living comfortable
You don’t know who is suffering

We have neither house nor straw
Nor bed to sleep at night

We have neither sheet nor blanket
Or quilt (pillow?) beneath our heads

We will do it like the down-and-out
We will sleep on the floor

We will do it like the partridge
When the sun rises, it runs away

My song is at the end
The one who knows, may continue

About Alan Stivell:

Alan Stivell (born Alain Cochevelou January 6, 1944 in Riom, Auvergne, France) is a Celtic musician and singer, recording artist and master of the Celtic harp who from the early 1970s revived global interest in the Celtic (specifically Breton) harp and Celtic music as part of world music. Alan Stivell was born in the Auvergnat town of Riom. His father Georges (Jord in Breton) Cochevelou was a civil servant in the French Ministry of Finance who achieved his dream of recreating a Celtic or Breton harp in the small town of Gourin, Brittany. In 1953, Alan Stivell began playing the instrument at the age of nine under the tutelage of his father and Denise Megevand, a concert harpist. Alan Stivell also learned Celtic mythology, art and history as well as the Breton language, traditional Breton dance and the Scottish bagpipe and the bombarde, a traditional Breton instrument, from the oboe family. Alan Stivell began playing concerts at eleven years and studying traditional Breton, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh folk music, also learning the drum, Irish flute, and tin whistle. He competed in and won several Breton traditional music competitions in the Bleimor Pipe band. Alan Stivell spent his childhood in Paris, with its cosmopolitan influences. But he fell in love with Breton music and Celtic culture in general, and often went back in his teens to Brittany.

Alan Stivell‘s first recording came in 1960 (“Musique gaelique”), a single that was followed by the LP Telenn Geltiek in 1964. He already recorded solo harp and harp backing singers in 1959 with Breiz ma bro (“Brittany my country”) and a Mouez Breiz EP (“Voice of Brittany”) with the female singer Andrea Ar Gouilh. His stage name, “Stivell”, means “fountain” or “spring” in Breton. This name refers both to the Breton renewal and to his surname “Cochevelou” (an evolution of kozh stivelloù, “the old fountains”). The 1998 French-language hit “La Tribu de Dana” by rap trio Manau, one of the best-selling French singles of all time, featured a very similar melody to Alan Stivell‘s Tri Martolod. Although Stivell sued Manau for the unauthorised sampling, the group claimed that they had modified the original sufficiently, through the addition of lyrics and other changes, to avoid any charges of plagiarism. Stivell also wrote Suite Sudarmoricaine.

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