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Estren means “stranger”, and this is also known as “The Emigrants Song”. We are hugely grateful to Merv Davey, for introducing us to this song through his wonderful resource at www.an-daras.com, and for allowing us to reprint his translation here. Also to Will and Frances for all their help learning to pronounce Cornish – Meur ras!
I'm a stranger in this country, from America I come,
There's no-one here does know me, they do not know my name
I'm a stranger in this country, I'll tarry here a while
And then I'll ramble further, for many a long while
Some say that I am rakish, and some do call me wild;
Some say that I am rakish, and many maids beguiled;
But to prove that I am loyal, come on sweet love with me;
I'll take you to America, my darling you shall be.
Oh give my love to Polly, the maiden I adore,
And give my love to Sally, although she is so poor,
And give my love to Betty, my love and my delight;
My love likewise to Hetty, I dream of her at night.
The moon shall set in darkness, the stars shall give no light,
If ever I deceitful prove, to my dear heart's delight
All in the midst of ocean, shall spring the myrtle tree,
If ever I unfaithful prove to her that goes with me.
Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Combining soulful original
songwriting with deep folk roots and influences as diverse as Indian classical and American blues, this duo produce a sound like no other....more