Cruiskeen Lan (Crúiscín Lán)

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Let the farmer praise his grounds, let the huntsman praise his hounds,
Let the shepherd praise his dewy scented lawn;
But I, more wise than they, spend each happy night and day
With my darlin' little cruiskeen lan, lan, lan
Oh, my darlin' little cruiskeen lan.

OH! Gra-ma-chree ma-cruiscin, slainte geal mavoorneen
Gra-machree ma crúiscín lán lan lan,
Oh! gramachree ma crúiscín lán

Immortal and divine, great Bacchus, god of wine
Create me by adoption your own son.
In hopes that you'll comply, that my glass shall ne'er run dry
Nor me darlin' little cruiskeen lan, lan, lan
Me darlin' little cruiskeen lan.

OH! Gra-ma-chree ma-cruiscin, slainte geal mavoorneen
Gra-machree ma crúiscín lán lan lan,
Oh! gramachree ma crúiscín lán

And when grim death appears,
In a few, but happy years,
And says "Ah won't you come along with me";
I'll say, "Begone, you knave,
"For King Bacchus gave me leave,
"To fill another cruiskeen lan, lan, lan,
"To fill another cruiskeen lan!"

OH! Gra-ma-chree ma-cruiscin, slainte geal mavoorneen
Gra-machree ma crúiscín lán lan lan,
Oh! gramachree ma crúiscín lán

Then fill your glasses high,
Let's not part with lips a-dry,
Though the lark now proclaims it is dawn;
And since we can't remain,
May we shortly meet again,
To fill another cruiskeen lan, lan, lan,
To fill another cruiskeen lan.

OH! Gra-ma-chree ma-cruiscin, slainte geal mavoorneen
Gra-machree ma crúiscín lán lan lan,
Oh! gramachree ma crúiscín lán


Choreography version

Please note, this is a rough description of a live event. You must experience this first hand at a revel.
My thanks to Ferd and Drx for their help
Primary singers gather in circle with full mugs or bottles

1st verse, just sing

Chorus
OH! (long and drawn out while lifting glasses up into the center of the circle, while people desperately gather, fill their glasses or bemoan the fact that their mug is too full.)
Gra-ma-chree ma-cruiscin, (while "bouncing" mug to the left)
slainte geal mavoorneen(while "bouncing" mug to the right)
Gra-machree ma crúiscín (while "bouncing" mug to the left)
lán lan lan, (keep mug going same direction now - chanting "SAME DAMN WAY" seems to help avoid broken mugs during this)
Oh! gramachree ma crúiscín lán (while "bouncing" mug to the right)

2nd verse, just sing

Chorus(same choreography as before)

3rd verse, just sing

Chorus(same choreography as before)

Then fill your glasses high,
Let's not part with lips a-dry,
(*Drain glass here* and turn mug/bottle upside down when done (Note: Not over Valdemar's head)
Hold palm under mug to catch drippage if indoors.
When everyone is done, start singing again.)

Though the lark now proclaims it is dawn;
And since we can't remain,
May we shortly meet again,
To fill another cruiskeen lan, lan, lan,
To fill another cruiskeen lan.

Chorus(same choreography as before)(though often someone will call out reverse, in which case switch mug to left hand and change all lefts to right, and vice versa)
On final line of last chorus lift mugs instead of going right, at very end of song, clink mugs with all. Break none

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