Heartland

HEARTLAND

The Everlasting Gun

 

So here you go you're on your own

The flower blooms so freely

For fortune, musket, fyfe and drum

Your faking days won't leave you

'Cause young man now you nurse the gun

You're nervous in the morning

'Neath shattered skies your body lies

On the dark side of reason

 

The blood is lusting in your heart

Your flesh red hot and lonely

And vengeance gulps the bitter cup

That once held wine so sweetly

But young man legends still unfold

For regiment for glory

You search for gold like you've been told

And the light of day won't leave you

 

For fickle kings you click the heel

Where a bleak moon leans so weary

Forgotten names on faceless graves

Your father's home awaits you

Oh, the warrior is not the fool

The refugee of freedom

But the outlawed man who holds no gun

On the dark side of reason

 

But run

You'll never turn and run

The everlasting gun

Your day will surely come

You'll never run

 

Skye

 

How can't you see

The wilderness growing free

Time wounded and scarred

Stroking away the years

It's hard to believe

But memories are old ghosts

Mountains of black and gold

Sunsets falling over the moor

Oh take me there

 

's na horo eile, horo bho

's na horo bho, hillean o

's na horo eile ho, Take me there !

 

You take your dream

You make life what you feel

Appearances lead to deceive

This drama so far from me

 

Destiny

On facts aching wings

Wild geese fly low over your shores

Hearts sailing over the trees

 

Oh take me there !

's na horo eile, horo bho

's na horo bho, hillean o

's na horo eile ho, Take me there !

 

Chì mi 'n t-eilean uaine

Tìr nam beanntan àrda

Ceò a' tuiteam tron a' ghleann

Na shìneadh air do raointean

 

Cnoc na Feille

The Hill at the Market Stance

 

Gun dragh gun d' chuir e an t-eagal oirnn

Solus Cnoc na Fèille

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Bha feadhainn ann a chunnaic e

'S càch ag inns' nam briagan

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Ach muinntir an dà shealladh

Chitheadh iadsan co-dhiubh e

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Hoginn o, hoginn o, horo horo illean

Hoginn o, horo illean, hoginn o hoginn o

 

Tha lach is giadh is curracag

'Nan caraidean air a' mhachaire

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Tha feannag air a crochadh suas

Ceangailt le ròpa

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Tha coineanach 'sa ghainmheach

Na sheasamh, abair urchaire

(Hoginn oro horo illean horo eile)

 

Hoginn o, hoginn o, horo horo illean

Hoginn o, horo illean, hoginn o hoginn o

 

--oOo--

 

It is without doubt that it frightened us

The light on the hill at the market stance

There were those who could see it

Others liked to believe they could

Those with the second sight

They had no difficulty

 

The duck, the goose and the lapwing

Are together sharing the machairlands

A dead crow hangs on the fence

Tied by a length of rope

A rabbit is sitting in the sand dunes

Presenting himself a perfect target

 

The Wire

 

We listened into the Iceage

And we built up man round the Picts

And the daybreak hammered out warning

To the weak

 

We dreamed on moor with passion

And on the long lochs bluer than eyes

'Till the mists of bygone ages

heard our cries

 

I've seen us among thousands

All of one name waiting to run

And when the charge came heather on heartbeat

Steel on gun

 

The old rock leaves us with fossil

From the ancient pagan rites

From the universal inroads

back to Christ

 

As we look out over the morning

And the days of this life's spring

And the joy of Gaelic's lifeblood

Made me sing

 

Watching your beauty on this journey

With the lick of youth in your eyes

Let us sow this olden heartland

Reap in time

 

Transmitting, transmitting

Breaking down the wire

Transmitting, transmitting

Breaking down the wire

 

An Ataireachd Ard

The High Surge

 

An ataireachd bhuan

Cluinn fuaim na h-ataireachd àird

Tha torunn a' chuain

Mar chualas leam 's e nam phàisd

Gun mhùthadh gun truas

A sluaisreadh gainneamh na tràgh'd

An ataireachd bhuan

Cluinn fuaim na h-ataireachd àird

 

'S na coilltean a siar

Chan iarrain fuireach gu bràth

Bha m' inntinn 's mo mhiann

A-riamh air lagan a' bhàigh

Ach iadsan bha fial

An gnìomh an caidreamh 's an àgh

Air sgapadh gun dìon

Mar thriallas ealtainn roimh nàmh

 

Ach siubhlaidh mi uat

Cha ghluais mi tuilleadh 'nad dhàil

Tha m' aois is mo shnuadh

Toirt luaidh air giorrad mo là

An àm dhomh bhi suaint

Am fuachd 's an cadal a' bhàis

Mo leabaidh dèan suas

Ri fuaim na h-ataireachd àird

 

--oOo--

 

The ceaseless surge

Listen to the surge of the sea

The thunder of the ocean

As I heard it when I was a child

Without change

Without pity

Breaking on the sand of the beach

The ceaseless surge

Listen to the high surge of the seas

 

In the woods of the west

I would not want to remain forever

My mind and my desire were always

On the little hollow by the bay

But those folk

Who were generous in affection

In their happiness

And in their acts

Have been scattered defenceless

As a flock of birds flees

In front of their enemy

 

I shall move away

I shall no longer stay beside you

My age

And my looks

Speak of the shortness of my days

But when I am wrapped

in the cold sleep of death

Make up my bed

By the sound

Of the high surge of the seas

 

The Ferry

 

Well the captain called from ship to shore

And the green light slipped away

The captain called for another song

The day was getting late

 

For the distant light of the Weavers Point

The Lochmor faced the gale

With your Gaelic sons in the city long

Round the saloon by the stairs

 

She tossed around the sun went down

And she fought her way to the shore

The fever of this sea believes

The boys are coming home

O Cho Meallt

Much Deception

 

Nuair a bha sinn òg is saor

Thòisich sinn a seinn 's a Ghàidhlig

Snìomh ceòl is a sgrìobhadh òrain

'S a cluich 'nar còmhlan 'son ar beòshlaint

O cho meallt is a tha an saoghal

 

Dh' fhàg sinn eileanan an iar

'S thòisich sinn a cluich tro Alba

Is bha gnothaichean mar bu chòir

Gun do nochd an duine mòr à Lunnainn

O cho meallt is a tha an saoghal

 

"Abair ceòl a th' agaibh an-seo

O nach tig sibh còmhla riumsa

Is nì sinn adhardas tron an t-saoghal

Dìreach cuir t-ainm aig bonn a' phaipear"

O cho meallt is a tha an saoghal

 

"Chan atharraich mi an ceòl agaibh ann

Chan atharraich mi na h-òrain Ghàidhlig"

Ach chuala sinn mu dheireadh thall

Na breugan 's na faclan falamh

O cho meallt is a tha an saoghal

 

Sibhse a tha òg agus saor

Stad mas cuir sibh ainm ri paipear

Is cùm a-mach sùil 'son nan daoine mòra

An saoghal fuar tha ag adhradh airgead

O cho meallt is a tha an saoghal

 

--oOo--

 

When were young and of independent spirit

We started singing in Gaelic language

Making music, writing songs

Playing in a band for our livelihood

There is much deception in the world

 

We left the islands of the west

And started playing throughout Scotland

And all was well

Until the big man from London appeared

There is much deception in the world

 

"This music has potential

Why don't you consider letting me take control

And we will make great progress in the world

Just sign your name at the bottom of this page"

There is much deception in the world

 

"I will not change the nature of your music

I will not alter your attitude to Gaelic language songs"

But all we heard at the end of the day

Were lies and empty words

There is much deception in the world

 

Now all of you that are young and of independent spirit

Take heed before you sign any contract

And keep a good look out for the `big' talkers

From a cold world that makes profit its only goal

There is much deception in the world

 

This Darkest Winter

 

On a long dark loch

On a Uist moor

Before the winter turned

We watched the circle round the moon

And the storm clouds gather round

So I turned to you

But you were gone

So I turned for home alone

Over last year's rotting corn I walked

Where the harvest winds had blown

 

The Blinding Lines

Have turned away

Shadows from your door

And my worn heart

Is young today

This darkest winter gone

 

Where the darkness whines

On an eerie wind

In the hour before the dawn

We scanned this wasted land for life

All seemed void and without form

So I turned to you

But you were gone

So I stood and watched alone

Where the doubtless clouds of firstlight formed

Their shapes across the soul

 

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So I turned by collar

To the wind

And I asked myself in vain

Did I walk out there with you today

Or did I come alone?

But then I saw

A distant sight

A heart behind the grey

Come shining through the darkest sky

Establishing my way

 

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Lifeline

 

Hear the call of the wind

Feel the dying answer

Steel on the mind

Cold in the veins

Torture and trial

Sunrise over the limits

Conquest and fire

 

I'm alive

I'm alive

I'm alive on a lifeline

I'm alive

I'm alive

Spirits provide

I'm alive

I'm alive

I'm alive on a lifeline

Come to the mountain and climb

 

You cry in the wilds

Hope on the ledges

Your heart's in the stars

Night's in your eyes

The rockface inclines

hold her, leave her

Rise to glory

Over mankind

 

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Air a'Chuan

On the Open Seas

 

Tha am ball air fhuasgladh

Is tha sinn a' gluasad

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

Tha sinn a' seòladh

Tro thonnan uaine

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

 

Air cùrsa deònach

Tha sinn a' seòladh

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

Fad bho thir

Is an talamh aghmhor

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

 

Is mi a' sealltainn mun cuairt

Is mi cho fada bhuat

Càil ach muir, tonnan is cuan

O mo rùn

 

Tha a' ghaoth a' sèideadh

Nan tonnan fiadhaich

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

Tro thonnan fiadhaich

Is droch shìde

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

 

Cho domhain an cuan

Cho luachmhor an uair

Nach mair fada buan

O mo rùn

 

Sinn a' treabhadh

Tron an oidhche

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

Siubhal sàbhailteachd

Is madainn shunndach

Air a' chuan, air a' chuan

 

Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal

Is thig crìoch air daoin'

Ach mairidh ceòl is mairidh gaol

O mo rùn

 

--oOo--

 

The ropes have been undone

And we are set adrift

On the open seas

We are sailing on

Through the green waves

On the open seas

 

On a willing course

We keep sailing

On the open seas

Ever far from land

And the glorious soil

 

And as I look around me

All I feel is my distance from you

Separated by the relentless ocean

My love

 

The wind is rushing

Through the wild waves

Through the raging seas

And the brooding weather

On the open seas

 

The ocean is unfathomable

And the time that lever lasts

Is too previous

My love

 

And so we journey on

Through the night

On the open seas

Searching for safe waters

And the peaceful morning

 

The world will come to an end

An end must come for mankind

But music and love

They'll last forever

My love

 

Dance Called America

 

The landlords came

The peasant trials

To sacrifice of men

Through the past and that quite darkly

The presence once again

In the name of capital

Establishment

Improvers, its a name

The hidden truths

The hidden lies

That once nailed you

To the pain

 

They did a dance

Called America

They danced it round

And waited at the turns

For America

They danced their ladies round

 

To the candles

Of enlightenment

Once lit they say don't burn

To turn the darkest room of suffering

To a greater state of pain

Don't tell me that's behind you now

Don't greet me

Don't meet your dying blind

It's our very last stand together

So let’s sever

No regrets

 

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There were days

That once held confidence

Strength of will and mind

The camouflage that once washed your fathers

Your sons and daughters time

 

Another Tounge

My love, my island

You've gone international

With all the praying men of God

Who stood

And watched it all go on

 

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