Mara

MARA

Day In A Boat

 

On sun soaked seas

Baiting the hand lines

Neoscan at the oars

Turning the bows into the Morea wake

For the thrill of it all

Across the middle of the bay

A line of faces in the waiting hour

And I could see

The other world was here

Can you hear it now

We're just on the brink

Returning homewards

Together on

Alone

 

O mollaidh sinn

An gaol 's an gras

A thug dhuinn bith

Cho umhail fo ghrein

'S i dealradh sios

Air reultan cein.

 

And it was all there waiting

Just as we reached the door

Just as we reached the door

 

Nothing But The Sun

 

In there, Out there (repeat several times)

 

Then I began to see the sun and the moon

As I wandered round in orbit

On this land that I called home

No Messiah up in the sky

That I could ever see, that I could ever know

To find my soul

 

Standing in the face of the gale

A raging night on the island

I passed an old man with a dog

On a hillside

Head bent in the weight of years

Headed back indoors

Lost myself in a T.V.

Three women in a kitchen in Chechnya

Staring at the world with frightened eyes

 

And all I had done below the sun

Would count for nothing

In the turning of the world

When there is nowhere left to go

You walk alone and watch the void

Eclipse it all

 

Nothing but the sun

Nothing but the sun

Nowhere to run

Nothing but the sun

 

The Mighty Atlantic / Mara

 

The roll of the wind

As we sail across the water

The roll of the sea

As we're taken through the night

The dimming lamp of day

Leaves the crimson foam and spray

Across the face of the mighty Atlantic

 

In this cradle we found love

In our lifetimes we were broken

By the spirit we were turned

Here we touched the hope divine

And in the rapture and the charm

Came the tranquil and the calm

On the rage of the mighty Atlantic

 

Deepest grave, supreme deceiver

Brave new worlds and cursed emotion

Let your people go, bring me a saviour

White doves rise above the ocean

 

The brightness of the lights

As they stretch across the water

The excitement of the night

As we're carried through the seas

There's a welcome lies in store

The strongest arms I've ever known

In the homes of the mighty Atlantic

 

For the roll it is gentle

As the waves, they guide you over

Full new moon across the stern flag

Our different worlds in constant motion

 

The roll of the wind

As we sail across the waters

The roll of the sea

As we're taken through the night

I'm coming home it's late

And you know I just can't wait

For the shores of the mighty Atlantic

 

For the shores of the mighty Atlantic

For the shores of the mighty Atlantic

 

Things That Are

 

She was the fairest

And her eyes shone of blue

I first fell in the autumn term

There was nothing I could do

School lovers swarmed

Around the courtyard wall

Then walked on up

The rapture road aglow

 

She kept me warm that winter

And winter turned to spring

We never looked round corners

To the changes they could bring

Her love was a dart

And I swore she broke my heart

The world would never turn

The same again

 

The things that are

And things that never can be

Are things that we must bare

To share our destiny

 

I saw her again last summer

Where the hard rains fall

The grass grew long around her feet

Where the years took their toll

She once meant the world to me

But we by-passed destiny

On the road not taken

The road unknown

 

(Chorus)

 

She was the only one

Eternity blindness could see

Our moments are rush and gone

All our pictures incomplete

 

(Chorus)

 

(Chorus)

 

Oh, the things that are

 

(Chorus)

 

Road And The River

 

Sun comes up on these mountain braes

And it's breaking on the high ground

And the rolling road

And the rolling river

Are all that I have to hold

There in your arms

There in your arms

 

I went walking in the world

The voice of many waters

In the waking cascade

In the breathing we wait

On the rolling road

On the rolling road

May you always be freedom

And the rolling road

And the rolling river

Are ad that I have to hold

There in your arms

 

There's a presence in the wind

And it holds all departed

And I'm here in the power

And the long passing hour

The light rushing in

Great great gentle giver

All the craving I see

Falling way beyond me

On the rolling road

On the rolling road

May you always be freedom

And the rolling road

And the rolling river

Are all that I have to hold

There in your arms

There in your arms

 

Meadhan Oidhche Air An Acairseid

Midnight On The Anchorage

 

Gealach air an acairseid

Ceatharnach 'na fheileadh

"Tè bhàn, tè bhuidhe bhàn"

Mu meadhan oidhche (repeat four times)

 

Clann-nighean òg 's balaich a' bhaile a' cruinneachadh

mu bhùth Dhoilidh 's mu bhùth Chroinns

A' coiseachd, 's a' suiridhe 's a' caithris na h-oidhche

 

Gealach air an acairseid

Ceatharnach 'na fheileadh

"Tè bhàn, tè bhuidhe bhàn"

Mu meadhan oidhche (repeat two times)

 

Tionndadh a' chlàir air ais na bliadhnaichean abachaidh a' ghràidh.

Am Bàgh Cuilcee, Àird an Aiseig, Lag an Domhainn, Ceann a' Bhàigh.

Tionndadh a' chlàir air ais, meadhan oidhche, gealach 's gealladh.

Sheas an cruthachadh stòlda air rathad a' stèisean.

Sheas na eathraichean aig tàmh

 

Gealach air an acairseid

Ceatharnach 'na fheileadh

"Tè bhàn, tè bhuidhe bhàn"

Mu meadhan oidhche (repeat two times)

 

"Bhidh sinne 's crathadh làmh againn

Is bilean blàth toirt phòg"

Cridhe bàidheil caoimhneil

Cho tairis ris an òr

An guth 's an t-sèist a' glaodhaich

"Far an robh mi 'n raoir"

Na bliadhnaichean a' tionndadh

Briathran mòr Mhicleoid

 

Gealach air an acairseid

Ceatharnach 'na fheileadh

"Tè bhàn, tè bhuidhe bhàn"

Mu meadhan oidhche (repeat ten times and fade out)

 

--oOo--

 

A moon on the anchorage

A champion, a kilt

"A fair haired girl, a golden fair haired girl"

Around midnight (repeat four times)

 

The young girls and the village boys meeting around

Doilidhs' shop, and around Croinns' shop

Walking out, courting and night visiting

 

A moon on the anchorage

A champion, a kilt

"A fair haired girl, a golden fair haired girl"

Around midnight (repeat two times)

 

Turnining the recording back. The years of ripening love

The Bagh Cuilce, Aird an Aiseig, Laggandoin, Bayhead

Turnining the recording back, midnight, a moon and a promise,

The creation stood still on the curing station road

All of the boats stood at rest

 

A moon on the anchorage

A champion, a kilt

"A fair haired girl, a golden fair haired girl"

Around midnight (repeat two times)

 

"In that place there will be clasping of hands

And warm lips to kiss"

The heart of affection and human kindness

Sincere, pure as gold

The voice and the chorus proclaming

"Where was I last night"

The years are turning back

The big words of Macleod

 

A moon on the anchorage

A champion, a kilt

"A fair haired girl, a golden fair haired girl"

Around midnight (repeat ten times and fade out)

The Wedding

 

The air was swaying round the first guitar I remember

We crossed the river by the Ostrum wall 'neath the stars

To where the wedding filled the hall

My father sang a song

Crossing the river, caught in the rain

Crossing the rhythm, caught in the rain

 

Chased Cathy round the trestles at the edge of the eightsome

We watched the lovers round the lodge at the edge of the sea

White lights and wooden boards

We watched the village take the floor

Crossing the river, caught in the rain

Crossing the rhythm, caught in the rain

 

There is so much I could say to you, but

Tonight I'm sticking to the past like glue

When life gets tough, when times get hard

You have to know exactly who you are

Arm in arm, hand in hand

You take this woman, you take this man

Spirit dancing evermore

Endless circles round the floor

 

Last night I drove my children down by the river

Past the windows of the hall and the dusts of our years

Then the radio came on

They said "someone's playing our song"

Crossing the river, caught in the rain

Crossing the rhythm, caught in the rain

 

Crossing the river, caught in the rain

Crossing the rhythm, caught (caught, caught) in the rain

 

The Dancing Floor

 

Beside the braes of dawn

One clear new morning

Down where the lilies stood in bloom

I knew that I was just a stranger in this world

A wind just passing through

So we dared to stay

In these golden ways

We never never knew what to do

And the world kept coming screaming

All it's news at me

Well, now I've got news for you

 

So let me take you down to the dancing floor

You can walk out on the crowd

Let us waltz away what's left of the living years

In celebration of the loved

 

No nothing's all that it seems

In the strands and the waves

Our steps renewed our lips confess

We were stranded at the alter of unknown delights

Down on the road to happiness

And as the sunlight fills

The highland hills

It's all become so clear somehow

That the days we spend

Were not made to end

We stand forever in thier glow

 

So let me take you down to the dancing floor

You can walk out on the crowd

Let us waltz away what's left of the living years

In celebration of the loved

It's all glitz and sparkle down on the dancing floor

We can turn our lives around

Just leave behind that wretch that you have been

With the fool that I'd become

 

Now the hours are few

And the days can be so cruel (so cruel)

Yes, the night are getting long (the nights are getting long)

And that joy that you would always bring

It'll always keep me strong

 

So let me take you down to the dancing floor

You can walk out on the crowd

Let us waltz away what's left of the living years

In celebration of the loved

It's all glitz and sparkle tonight on the dancing floor

We can turn our lives around

Just leave behind that wretch that you have been

With the fool that I'd become

 

Thairis Air A Ghleann

Beyond the Valley

 

Choimhead mi ri m' chùl

Gun neimh gun truas

Làrach mo chasan mu sgaoil

'S iad a' triall tron an ùir

Gu tòiseach 's gu deireadh uair

'S gu na laithean soilleir buan

Thairis air a' ghleann

 

O molaidh sinn

An gaol 's an gràs

A thug dhuinn bith

Cho umhail fo ghrèin

'S i dealradh sìos

Air reultan cèin

 

Thàinig thu nuas

Gu fàsach truagh

'S thog thu am faileas bhon a' ghleann

Buidheachas is nàire

An tomhas air gach làimh

Togaidh sinn do chliù an àird

Air slighe Dhè

 

(Chorus)

 

(Chorus)

 

--oOo--

 

I looked behind me

Without rancour without pity

To where my footprints were scattered

On their journey through the dust

From the beginning to an end of time

And to the bright everlasting days

Beyond the valley

 

We will praise

The love and the grace

That gave us our existence

So lowly beneath a sun

As it poured out its light

On alien stars

 

You came down

To a barren wilderness

And you raised the shadow from the valley

Gratitude and shame

The measure in each hand

We will proclaim your name in voice

On Gods way

 

(Chorus)

 

(Chorus)

 

Lighthouse

 

This world's not my home

I'm a stranger to the storm

Save me, save me

Where the race is quickest

The tide runs strong

Save me, save me

A big sky above my

West winds blow

Sailing long distance

Breaking the foam

 

There's a lighthouse

Shining in the dark

A lighthouse

Standing in the dark

All the world's a ship

Shipwrecked on the seas

Breaking up in pieces

We're clinging to the reef

There's a lighthouse

 

There's a sky full of trouble

Lifetimes and fear

Save me, save me

Talking the soundings

Now the tempest is here

Save me, save me

And daylight is breaking

On out-streched hands

Lost on the ocean

Reaching for land

 

There's a lighthouse

Shining in the dark

A lighthouse

Standing in the dark

All the world's a ship

Shipwrecked on the seas

Breaking up in pieces

We're clinging to the reef

There's a lighthouse

 

There's a lighthouse

Shining in the dark

A lighthouse

Standing in the dark

All the world's a ship

Shipwrecked on the seas

Breaking up in pieces

We're clinging to the reef

There's a lighthouse

 

A lighthouse

A lighthouse

 

Holdin' on (repeat three times)

 

You got to keep

holdin' on

holdin' on

 

Oh

holdin' on

holdin' on

 

Oh, you got to keep

holdin' on (repeat three times)

 

You got to keep

holdin' on (repeat three times)

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