In Search of Angels

IN SEARCH OF ANGELS

Maymorning

 

I'm alive again on a Maymorning

Going to wipe the slate clean

Follow my dreams

All the yearning buds are here again

With the the promise of a new life to come

Spring is here again

 

The sun is melting over the hills

All our roads are waiting

To be revealed

For this in history has brought us to here

Now it's all there for the taking

The day is what you see

 

The light's returning, the work is in hand

All the cynics have vanished

From where we stand

All the chances wasted are drawing me near

And all around there's new life rising

From the winter fields

 

I'm alive again

I'm alive again

 

The Message

 

I'm going to dance you round the floor

Drink you under the tables

Going to take that last flight home

To Balivanich in the month of June

Go racing up the south ford

Turning midnight in the cars

Waiting up late with the Greenock girls

Single every song that made us

 

You take your message to the waters

And you watch the ripples flow

Now somewhere out on the ocean

It says Mary please don't go

 

We're going to lie down on the grass

Your lipstick in the clover

Going the marry Mary in the summertime

The Atlantic round our shoulders

Skies are dawning ound the Langass Barpa

Stopped off at the white bridge waters

It's all crossroads lined with telegraph poles

A rise of larksong fills the morning

 

You take your message to the waters

And you watch the ripples flow

Now somewhere out on the ocean

Lies our fear should we grow old

You take your message to the waters

And you watch the ripples flow

Now somewhere out on that ocean

It says Mary please don't go

 

And when we've wasted all our young years

Who's to say we never tried

To live fast and honour our pledges

Here we vowed to stay young till we die

We drank the life from the last of the bottle

We wrote our message out like a prayer

Then we threw away the message with all our hearts

Then we watched our lives disappear

 

You take your message to the waters

And you watch the ripples flow

Now somewhere out on that great beyond

Lies our fear should we grow old

You take your message to the waters

And you watch the ripples flow

Now somewhere out on that ocean

It says Mary please don't go

 

Ribhinn Donn

Brown Haired Girl

 

O mo rùn

Tha an oidhche ghreamhraidh reòite is fuar

Na bliadhnaichean dol bhuainn

Is bhon chiad là gheall mi dhut

Chuir sinn seachad cuart am bliadhn'

Is gach uile gheamhraidh anns a bhlàths

A chailin òg dhan tug mi luaidh

Aon earrach ùr

 

O mo rùn

Tha an là a tha ann cho truagh ri gaol

Gann tha an cridhe nach diùlt

Is a bhòid a mhaireas buan

O òigh, àlainn, chiùin

Cò eile air thalamh ghabadh t-àit'

Gun siubhlainn leat gu cùl na grèine

Is gu crioch là

 

Mo rìbhinn òg

Mo rìbhinn donn

Gun siubhlainn leat gu cùl na grèine

Is gu crioch là

 

O mo rùn

Tha mi mar as àbhaist is mi 'nam aon

Na mo shuidhe sgrìobhadh dhàn

Se seo dòigh mo dhaoine

Is molaidh mi do chliù

Le òran ceangailt anns an nòs

Is ged sheasainn air gach uile reul

Bhiodh tu os cionn

 

Mo rìbhinn òg

Mo rìbhinn donn

Is ged sheasainn air gach uile reul

Bhiodh tu os cionn

Mo rìbhinn donn

 

--oOo--

 

My love

The winter night is frozen and cold

The years are moving away from us

And from the day when I first vowed to you

We lived through the journey of that first year

And through every other winter in a warmth

Young girl to whom I gave my love

One new spring

 

My love

This day and age is impoverished in love

Scarce is the heart that does not reject

And the vow that binds eternally

Graceful, gentle girl

There is no other I could put in your place

I would walk with you to the back of the sun

And to the ends of time

 

Young girl

Brown haired girl

I would walk with you to the back of the sun

And to the ends of time

 

My love

As usual as I am in the solitary

Writing songs

This is the way of my people

I will sing your praises

In song secured to the tradition

And supposing I stood on every star

I would place you higher

 

Young girl

Brown haired girl

And supposing I stood on every star

I would place you higher

 

Big Sky

 

The light is on me

All time is here

I'm going down to Clachan

To stem the rush of years

Big sky above me

Powerlines overhead

I get lifted up enraptured

I keep falling at your feet

I'm looking over colourfields

Past the white sands

And our human years

And it's all waiting here

Breaking the seed

 

It's coming again

Gathering the wind

Returning to claim a harvest

 

I'm lifted where I stand

On the never-ending land

I'm coming to a sense of home

 

Wind through the barley

Your early dream

A rising choir of birdsong

Your fields of summer green

It's all passing over

I've no complaints

We're just a row of unlit candles

Waiting at the gate of saints

I'm living on the borderline

Between the moment

And the shining miles

The far stretching stones

All the lines of the sown

 

It's coming again

Gathering the wind

Returning to claim a harvest

 

I'm lifted where I stand

On the never-ending land

I'm coming to a sense of home

 

The light of ancient shine

On your ordinary lives

We joyed went to the fires of harvest

 

So open up the land

Open up the sand

Returning again in Clachan

 

Da Mhile Bliadhna

Two Thousand Years

 

Fo na gealaichean

Air rathad dà mhìle bliadhn'

 

Cò chreideadh na dh' fhairich sinn

'S na chunnaic sinn ri ar linn

 

Dh' fhàs am fàsach suas

Far an do chuir sinn sìol ar nàire

 

Dileab mòr nan daoine

An t-acras is am pathadh

 

Anns an aineolas

Chaidh ar gàirdeachas air chall

 

Dà mhìle bliadhna

Air an rathad leathainn mhall

 

Tha mi dìreadh a' chnuic as àird'

Airson sealladh, dhan an talamh

Air cùl a' ghlinne taobh eile thall

 

 

Air sràidean baile a mhaireas

An là nach criochnaich is nach gluais

 

Tro na h-àireamhean

Mar fhàradh thèid sinn suas

 

Anns an dealachadh

Atharraichidh sinn am priobadh sùil

 

Thoir dhuinn an àireamh nuadh

Na laithean buan

 

--oOo--

 

Below many moons

On a two thousand year old road

 

Who could have believed all that we have seen

And suffered in our generation

 

The wilderness has grown

Where we have sown the seeds of our shame

 

Hunger and thirst

The legacy of our population

 

In our ignorance

Our joy has lost direction

 

Two thousand years

On the slow broad way

 

I am climbing up the highest hill

For a sight of the landscape

Behind the other side of the valley

 

On the streets of the everlasting city

Day will not end, time will not shift

 

Up through the numbers

We will rise like stepping on a ladder

 

In the parting

We will be transformed in the blink of an eye

 

Give us the new number

The eternal days

This Is Not A Love Song

 

I could tell you about the moon

That's rolling 'cross the sky

I could show you all the stars

But it's much too late at night

I'm driving home on the silver run

The last to move on through

And this is not a love song

No matter what I do

Words are few but the heart is true

Still the world keeps turning round

For me and you

 

If I could only make you see

One reason to believe

I would open up my heart

It's so easy to deceive

Footsteps fall through open doors

Across a darkened room

And this is not a love song

This is no moon in June

Words are few but the heart is true

Still the world keeps turning round

For me and you

 

You know for you I'd give my life

In you I will be strong

We went off looking for the light

But it was right here all along

Now we wait her passing nightimes

Until every morning comes

And this is not a love song

This is no easy tune

Words are few but the heart is true

Still the world keeps turning round

For me and you

 

A Dh'innse Na Firinn

To Tell You The Truth

 

An cuala tu an naidheachd

A chuala mi an-dè

Tha an saoghal ga chraobh-sgaoileadh

Co shaoileadh a leithid!

 

A dh' innse na firinn

Cha chreidinn sa na briathran

 

--oOo--

 

Did you hear the news

That I heard yesterday

The whole world is broadcasting it

Who would have thought!

 

To tell you the truth

I could not believe the words

 

All Things Must Change

 

The road was long

Our steps were new

The storms of innocence

Strong and fresh they blew

Directions turned

Love changing hands

We stood like gods before

Our maps and plans

But all things must change

So don't look back, just walk away

 

That morning dawn

With no regrets

We stood in line we laughed

In silhouette

On the learning ground

The place we loved the best

That was our final time

Out in the west

But all things must change

So don't look back, just walk away

 

Now the cars come like rivers

Night comes like madness

Songs come like trains

Headlights flash in the darkness

Memories twist in the rain

And we feel those flickering moments

Like silk the're the flags of our days

And the past is only the part of life

We've thrown away

 

The river's dark

In constant flow

Swollen by winter streams

And the melting snow

I see your face

Across the miles

To where some kindness showed

Our fate entwined

But all things must change

So don't look back, just walk away

 

Cho Buidhe Is A Bha I Riabh

As Yellow As It Ever Was

 

Tha an rathad a' ruith gu tuath

Gleanntan sgapte air gach taoibh

A' ghrian tro ghiuthas nam mòr-shliabh

Saigheadan òir dhar leòn an àgh

Thuirt m' anam rium, "Nach tèid thu a-null

Cuir eallach is cruaidh-chàs air do chùl

Is gun cur an t-àite sealach fàilte oirnn

Is bi mi còmhla riut an dràsd"

 

Sunndach a tha mi

Tron oighreachd bhòidheach, bhòidheach bhuan

Bha thu daonnan na mo smuaint

Tro laithean ìseal is bristeadh-cridhe

Tog orm mo chiall, tog orm mo bhith

Le cridhe aodrom, cridheil, ciùin

A liuthad cuan a ghiulain do dhaoine

Is iad a' triall na slighe bhuat

 

Is ged tha an saoghal dol bun os cionn

Is astar bhliadhnaichean tighinn oirnn

Is ged tha mo dhùil ag èirigh suas

Is iomadh sgurr a bhios fo sgleò

Ach tha na sìontan liath, is na sìontan blàth

Le blàths cho diamhair is nach gabh e inns

Is tha an lus tha fàs air croit Dhomnaill Bhàin

Cho buidhe an-diugh is a bha i riamh

 

--oOo--

 

The road is stretching to the north

Great glens scattered on every side

The sun glinting through the mountain pines

Arrows of gold wounding us in joy

My soul said, "Come across to see me

Put your burdens and hardships behind you

This temporary place will give us welcome

And I will be with you again"

 

I am contented

Passing through the beautiful, eternal landscape

You were always in my thoughts

Through the low days and the heartbreak

Lift up my understanding, clothe me in my existence

With a light, a pleasing and a gentle heart

Many were the oceans that carried your people

As they journeyed far from you

 

Although the world has turned upside down

And the distance of yeasis upon us

And although my hope is riding to the heights

Many clouds will approach the summit

But the skies are blue, the skies are warm

With a warmth so profound it can not be described

And the flower that is growing an Domhnall Ban's croft

Is as yellow as it ever was

 

Travellers

 

We stood in the moonlight and the river flowed

And God walked through the garden

A mist came falling down to the ground

I watched it all with no obligation

 

This is your sister, this is your brother

This is your mother, not somebody's dream

And all our lifetimes drifted through the trees

To that place of moments where all was certain

 

Travellers on an olden road

With all the baggage of our days and years

We're life's carriers to the next unborn

And I'll carry you

Till this great race is over

 

We stood in the garden

And the river flowed....

 

In Search Of Angels

 

Pick up the broken pieces from the ground

All your diminishing returns

And take a good look at the master plan

'Cause down here every candle burns

 

You are as gentle as the morning dawn

Torment can't wash away your grace

In search of angels with the Uist eyes

So many suns light up your face

 

Too many seas to cross, too many roads

You leave me with my higher need

This one horizon in our borrowed hour

Such little lives we lead

 

Tonight the skies are red

So red they fill my eyes

Sundown on barren words that can't describe

Your island paradise

But I know that all's well with the world

Don't worry anymore

Don't worry now

Another sun will rise

 

Life Is

 

Life is hard, somehow

Life is cold, somehow

It can make you, it can break you

In pieces all around

 

there is no return

Once the seal's undone

Morning dawning with life abounding

But in time we all must fall

And it seems to be this way

Hearts change and brightness fades

And it leaves you facing the days

When your hope is blown apart

Life is hard

 

I walk you down that road

It's the only road we know

Nights so blinding, the world denying

That love so loved the world

What words to ease the pain

A life to live again

What can lift you up from this place

Where you hold a broken heart

Life is hard

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