Proterra

PROTERRA

The Old Boys

 

The old boys are leaving

Leaving one by one

Where young birds go flying

Spread your wings and run

But over the fields by the drystone walls

An eagle will come no more

 

Welcome were the headlands

St valery behind

No medals worth wasting

On memories of sand

But sweet is the breeze over Raasay

The morning awaits you there

 

What kind of heroes

Here for us now

Stone leaders, stone preachers

Minnows on flow

But low hang the lights over viewfield

And this night will day see no more

 

The old boys are leaving

Leaving one by one

Where young birds go flying

Spread your wings and run

But over the fields by the drystone walls

This eagle will come no more

 

Proterra

 

Proterra

As I walk along these shores

I am the history within

As I climb the mountainside

Breaking Eden again

 

Dark the day, dark the night

The warring dust, the morning tribe

Crushed by a million suns

Here the heart of you lies

 

Over land and sea

I'll come fighting for you

Over land and sea

A dawn is breaking before us

 

Proterra, take this hand

The open wound, the promised land

Breaking the waves, spread the oars

Cast our badge for the shore

 

Day of Days

 

We sailed on sun soaked seas

And we sailed

Late on the day of days

 

And desire and pride and anger

Fade away

Washed on the sea of change

 

We came. in search of saviours

Round the world

And through the cities and the towns

 

There was a crowd no man could number

Walking down

Taking the chosen road

 

We passed through the last aurora

And we rise

Soul kites in a diamond sky

 

Boarding the morning of the free

Re-born in the dawning, complete

 

I knew a man who couldn't see

I knew a man who couldn't feel

I knew a man whc couldn't talk

I knew a man who couldn't walk

I knew a man, I knew a man

I knew a man

 

Empty Glens

 

Looking out on all that's been

On all that is and all that's beyond time

I close my eyes in isolation

 

Here's where the word was sown

All that's grown and all that's passed like ghosts

Through the child to highland generations

 

Science breaking down the door

And all the hoardes go rushing through for more

All the thrills of the world, and all her idols

 

Here the water washed us clean

A deeper peace for all our keenest sins

Washed in these clear, clear crystal fountains

 

Now we walk in empty glens

Rushes blowing in the wind

A voice that's calling you again

To come back home

 

Where have they gone, where have they gone

Gone to illusion everyone

In the darkest heart, the pride of man

Will walk alone

 

Gabriel's Sword

 

In the middle of the schoolyard

Where the bombs have lain to rest

There's a child in the darkness waiting

 

But the answers in the history books

Are slowly burning down

And the words that spell forgiveness

Wear a thorny crown

 

There is much that I have seen

In this world they say is free

That would make it almost seem untrue

 

Many times I've walked the line

Longing for the other side

The only thing that changed my mind was you

 

Gabriel's sword will pierce me no more

I'll let my spirit soar so high

Sure as it all comes

From the father to the son

We've got to learn to speak the truth to fly

And it's a beautiful sky

 

From The North

 

From the north came a warrior

Baring burdens dark and deep

I've a will and I've a wanting

And miles to go before I sleep

 

I have horses in my stable

I have sons fit to fight

I will bring this to your table

If you ride with me this night

 

From the north came a warrior

Baring burdens dark and deep

I've a will and I've a wanting

And miles to go before I sleep

 

Blood red wine, a toast for heroes

And harping till the morning light

Come the dawn the road will lead us

If you ride with me this night

 

An Toll Dubh

The Dungeon

 

Taobh cùil an dorais - cha bhi grian

Suidh aig bòrd

Cha bhi biadh 's cha bhi fìon

Taobh cùil an dorais - cha bhi grian

Cha bhi biadh 's cha bhi fìon

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

An Gaidheal 's a leabaidh

An Gaidheal na shuain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Thàinig e à Sasainn ann

Thàinig e

Le eachaibh luath is iuchair throm

Thàinig e à Sasainn ann

Le eachaibh luath is iuchair throm

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

An Gaidheal 'sa leabaidh

An Gaidheal 'na shuain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Air làr 'san toll-dhubh - cha bhi grian

Cha bhi gealach

'S dubh an oidhche chaidleas sinn

Air làr 'san toll-dhubh - cha bhi grian

'S dubh an oidhche chaidleas sinn

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

An Gaidheal 'sa leabaidh

An Gaidheal 'na shuain

Le èiginn ar n-èirigh às ar suain

 

-oOo-

 

On the other side of the door

There will be no sunlight

Sitting at the table

There will be no food and no wine

On the other side of the door

There will be no sunlight

There will be no food and no wine

 

He came from the south

He came

On a fast horse with a weighty key

He came from the south

On a fast horse with a weighty key

 

On the dungeon floor

There will be no sunlight

There will be no moon

Dark will be the night of our sleeping

On the dungeon floor

There will be no sunlight

Dark will be the night of our sleeping

 

It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber

It is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber

The Gael has gone to bed, the Gael is asleep

And it is with difficulty that we will rise from our slumber

There's A Need

 

From the core of the dark

To the spark of the heart

There's a need

 

Sons falling into souls

Ships breaking on the shore

There's a need

 

It's the way her eyes were cast

Through the sockets of the past

There's a need

 

From the west to the east

From the famine to the feast

There's a need

 

From the strong to the weak

From the desert to the streets

There's a need

 

From the left to the right

From the darkness to the light

There's a need

 

From the governors of war

To the pawns who heed the call

There's a need

 

She's sleepwalking with the damned

A photo etched in her hands

There's a need

 

We're all waiting in the night

Together for the light to take us there

The promise of a greater fate

With all your dreams complete

In the warm last place

 

We are many millions more

We have not been here before

There's a need

 

We've come so far so fast

And the first are now last

There's a need

 

From the little child in arms

To the leaders of the land

There's a need

 

Hopes are towers in the skies

Dreams are wings taking flight

There's a need

 

It started rising round the world

Like any other sun to start a day

The promise of a greater fate

With all your dreams complete

In the warm last place

 

Faileas Air An Airigh

Shadow On The Sheiling

 

Tha faileas air an airigh

Faileas air an airigh

Tha 'n long a-muigh 'ceann a bhàigh

Air madainn Chèitean tràth

 

Tha grian ar cuimhne ag èiridh

Grian ar cuimhne ag èiridh

A' siubhal sràidean dùthaich ghalld'

Tro bhailtean saoghal chèin

 

Tha 'm feasgar ciùin 's na siantan blàth

Tha grian 's an iar mar mheall de'n òr

An cuan mar sgathan gorm gun sgleò

Is bu mhòr mo mhian bhi 'n Uibhist leat

 

Togaidh sinn ar fonn an àrd

Togaidh sinn ar fonn an àrd

'S ged' tha mi fada bhuat

Cha dhealaich sinn a' chaoidh

 

-oOo-

 

There's a shadow on the sheiling

A shadow on the sheiling

The ship is waiting

At the head of the bay

Early on a may morning

 

The sun of our memory is rising

The sun of our memory is rising

Walking the streets of foreign countries

And the cities of another era

 

The evening is calm and the skies are warm

The sun is in the west, a great ball of gold

The ocean is like a mirror, blue without blemish

And great is my desire to be in uist with you

 

We will lift up our voices

We will lift up our voices

Although I am now so far from you

We will never sever

 

All The Miles

 

From the landing of Portree

To the wild Cape Breton coast

Every mile in between

And on every word I spoke

 

Where the fire meets the sky

In the land of coal and steel

I feel you by my side

I feel I always will

 

And it makes a poor man strong

To have a sense of home

And the ground on which I stand

Knows no distance to me when

 

You never left me all the miles

You were with me all the way

On every cloud that drifted by

Every wave my bow did break

 

A Reiteach

The Reiteach

 

Bi mo leannan geal is àlainn

Le briathran geallaidh thar chaich

Bi sinn drùidhte an smùid an aoibhnis

An oidhche phòsas mo rùn

 

Nam shuidhe cluinntinn ceòl a' rèitich

'S duilich cur an aghaidh dàn

A' feitheamh son a làmh a mhaireas

An oidhche phòsas mo rùn

 

Tog glainne mhòr na slàinte

Thoir an cearcall chun an làr

Thèid sinn cuairt taobh cùil na gealaich

An oidhche phòsas mo rùn

 

Tha i na seasamh aig a' rèiteach

Thèid na reultan bun os cionn

'S thèid a ghrian air chall gu madainn

An oidhche phòsas mo rùn

 

Togaidh sinn horo ghealaidh

Horo ghealaidh horo togaidh

Sinn horo ghealaidh

Horo ghealaidh horo

 

-oOo-

 

My love will be unblemished

With the words of devotion

Beyond all others

We will be drenched in the stupor of joy

The night my love weds

 

I am sitting listening to the music of the reiteach

It is impossible to stand against destiny

Waiting for the eternal bond the night my love weds

 

Lift high the glass of celebration

Take the circle to the dance floor

It will take us to the far side of the moon

The night my love weds

 

She is now standing at the reiteach

There the stars will lose alignment

The sun will go missing till morning

The night my love weds

 

Let's celebrate

Let's celebrate

 

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