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News From Heaven

 

By the mountainside, by the ocean blue

Where the struggle broke my heart in two

River of millions flow downstream

A golden highway to the sea of dreams

 

But now you're here

I feel no fear

I can't believe

The news from heaven

You close your eyes

On a world inside

A spark of life

On a wire from heaven

 

Morning comes, turn on the light

Deceive the day, delay the night

Ideologies come, ideologies go

A waste of words, and endless flow

 

But now you're here

I feel no fear

I can't believe

The news from heaven

You close your eyes

On a world inside

A spark of life

On a wire from heaven

Wire from heaven

 

In the state of a miracle

State of a miracle

I watch this miracle unfold

In the state of a miracle

State of a miracle

Far north of a soul

 

Great people come, take the stage

Famous moments vanish without trace

Trees grow tall, fields grow wheat

Woman grows older, man grows weak

 

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Every River

 

You ask me to believe in magic

Expect me to commit suicide of the heart

And you ask me to play this game without question

Raising the stakes on this shotgun roulette

 

Every river I try to cross

Every hill I try to climb

Every ocean I try to swim

Every road I try to find

All the ways of my life

I'd rather be with you

There's no way

Without you

 

But you came to me like the ways of children

Simple as breathing, easy as air

Now the years hold no fears, like the wind they pass over

Loved, forgiven, washed, saved

 

Every river I try to cross

Every hill I try to climb

Every ocean I try to swim

Every road I try to find

All the ways of my life

I'd rather be with you

There's no way

Without you

 

City Of Lights

 

I arrived in the city of lights

Enchanted ballrooms where I lost my life

I've closed my eyes

On your fairground smile

Seedy heroes and silver tills

Sinking suns on a sea of thrills

I place my bets

Trading with stranger in silhouette

 

There's a sadness

There's a joy

There's a place

There's a song that will never die

Forever

 

I drink your health, son of the earth

Passing ships in the modern death

We're all still fired

Old emotions still burn inside

On solid ground, round the mother tongue

A tower of hope, a joyful sound

You take your time

A hand of aces in a pack of lies

 

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I found my song and I started to sing

Took me away on an olden wing

So far from home

Standing so lonely but not alone

In this empire of ache and rhyme

Lovers and best friends are running blind

I grasp your hand

Is this the only world I understand

 

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Eirinn

 

What makes me walk through Ireland's shrines

And Ireland's holy shores

To see a country crucified

Your beauty crowned in thorns

A as I watch the wondrous cross

That's been hewn down and severed in two

There's something here

That draws me near

To wear the green for you

 

To see you there blood brother Gael

The face, the tongue my own

Many places in my own country

Could not make me feel more at home

Laughter and music through the night

Your freedom in the dark

Tonight I swear I'd gladly wear

The green next to my heart

 

From the long and rolling Antrim hills

Through the wilds of Donegal

The songs of history are sung

Every stone on every wall

But here in our land how can we stand

And wash our hands of shame

When the sins of generations fall

Across the green like rain

 

Here one world window opens wide

And demons they show face

Some of your men have taken seeds of truth

And planted fields of hate

This way has never won a war

And I fear that when the harvest comes

You'll see your freedom fall on stoney ground

And the green overgrown

 

Tir a' Mhurain

Land Of Maram Grass

 

Tìr a' mhurain

Tìr a' mhurain

Tìr a' mhurain

 

Trobhad is coisich rium

Ri taobh a' chuain

Is seallaidh mi dhut

Tìr a' mhurain

 

Fàilte gu mo dhàn

Sìol is meas nam bàrd

Am foghar bha feitheamh orm

Bho an là a bha mi òg

 

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Fàilte gu mo thìr

Eilean geal an iar

An t-àit a chì gach tuigse is fìrinn

Glaiste 'na mo chridhe

 

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Fàilte gu mo chainnt

Is i dh' ionnsaich mi 'nam phàisde

Cànan uasal mòr nan Gaidheal

Mar bhratach dhomh gach là

 

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Is ged a dh' fheuch iad ri cur às dhuinn

Chì mo theaghlach cnoc nan linn

Is ged tha ar cànan leòint le strì

'S an tìr seo bidh i beò

 

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Land Of Maram Grass

Land Of Maram Grass

Land Of Maram Grass

 

Come and walk with me

By the side of the ocean

Let me show you

The land of the maram grass

 

Welcome to my song

To the seed and the fruit of the bards

To the harvest that's been waiting

Since the days of youth

 

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Welcome to my landscape

The pure and unspoilt western island

To the place that will always find

It's meaning and truth

Locked away in my heart

 

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Welcome to my language

The one I learned as a child

The huge dignified language of the Gael

That stands like a banner

For me daily

 

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Although they tried to destroy us

My children will see

The landscape of generations

Although the language

Has been wounded in its struggle

In this land, she will live on

 

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World Appeal

 

How can we close our eyes

Watch our world break down and die

How can we let it be

Slaves to world economy

 

How can we be like wood

Watch our world cry out for food

How can't we start to see

A glimpse of world simplicity

 

World appeal

World appeal

This is our planet

Let it heal

The earth, the rain, the air, the seas

This is our future

Let it breathe

 

 

The hands of wealth are tied

Men of power run and hide

But we're players you and me

In the game of world duplicity

 

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Tear Down These Walls

 

Tear down these walls

They keep raising for you

 

In the slipstream of luck and democracy

A victim of chance and geography

I reap and I sow the face of the earth

While big guns play games with the land of my birth

 

I walk these hills and I sail the seas

I've weathered the storms of history

Created to live, created to share

With the fish of the sea, the birds of the air

 

Tear down these walls

All men were born the same

You came here with nothing

But naked and a name

A name

Tear down these walls

They keep raising for you

 

I'm not too hot on Dukes or Earls or Graces

But I love respect and exalted places

Give me the people with sod on the knee

The higher the monkey climbs the more he reveals

 

Tear down these walls

All men were born the same

You came here with nothing

But naked and a name

 

Tear down these walls

All men were born the same

You came here with nothing

But naked and a name

A name

Tear down these walls

They keep raising for you

 

Tear down these walls

They keep raising for you

 

Tear down these walls

They keep raising for you

 

Only The Brave

 

Twelve o'clock at night

Streets of many corners

The lunar river winds

Down the closes and the lanes

The night skips the sleeping years

And re-awakes the memory

Takes me along the way

To the places of the heart

 

The days of summer came

Days of many heartache

Not to love is not to live

Not to live is to feel no pain

So unlock this heart of stone

Teach me the ways of mystery

In the places were they say

Only the brave can walk alone

 

You took me through this town

And you took me to the moment

That makes angels lose their wings

And makes poets lose their wonder

But I have found in you

A love line pure and lasting

May your heart hold true

And your nights run long

 

Siol Ghoraidh

The Geneology Of Goraidh

 

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich fhèin

 

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich fhèin

 

Ochd deug seisreach

Air raontainn Àird a' Mhorain

Na fir a' treabhadh

An là a thàinig na Sleitich

 

Siol Ghoraidh

Mac Ruairidh

Clann Raghnaill

Clann Dhòmhaill

 

Linn gu linn

Bho ainm gu ainm

Air an sgiath seo dh' Uibhist

'S mi beò an dràsd

 

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich

Clann mo theaghlaich fhèin

 

Dubh dath na fala

A dhòirt 'na tuil gu talamh

Saighead, claidheamh

Tro chàirdeas corp an Udail

 

Siol Ghoraidh

Mac Ruairidh

Clann Raghnaill

Clann Dhòmhaill

 

Linn gu linn

Bho ainm gu ainm

Air an sgiath seo dh' Uibhist

'S mi beò an dràsd

 

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Linn gu linn

Bho ainm gu ainm

Air an sgiath seo dh' Uibhist

'S mi beò an dràsd

 

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Eighteen teams of horses

On the field of Aird a Mhorrain

the young men were ploughing

On the day the Sleat people came

 

The geneology of Goraidh

The sons of Ruairi

The sons of Ranald

The children of Donald

The children of my own family

 

Generation to generation

From one name to another

My time is now

To walk this corner of Uist

 

Black was the colour of the blood

That flowed like a flood to the land

The arrow, the long sword

Through the generosity of the Udal people

 

The geneology of Goraidh

The sons of Ruairi

The sons of Ranald

The children of Donald

The children of my own family

 

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That Final Mile

 

We grew up in the spaces

Where the four winds blow

We left these glens and valleys

Traitors to the plough

 

We thought we knew the answers

thought we had it made

We kissed down in the city

Swore we'd never change

 

We grew up young

And we played the years

Held out for love like it was fire

Now I can't wait any longer

Down that line

Going to walk with you

That final mile

 

Today there's gold an your finger

Today you're dressed in white

Today we stand alone together

Proud of you for life

 

Now the hurt is gone

Now the doubt is gone

I'm walking down

A clearway to your heart

 

Smalltown

 

Tell me where oh where has summer gone

It hasn't come this year

You always cry when swallows fly

With doubts in search of dreams

He's a working man

Can't you understand

And he sweats for a mans release

But you've seen the lie

In the children's eyes

As heroes turn to tears

 

Tell me how

This life won't let you go

Tell me how

This same old fool

Keeps coming back to you

 

It's the same old scene it's always been

Men flex muscle fast

And men pull punches after hours

When the moments spell is cast

So you take your chance

At the smalltown dance

Where romances is up and gone

It's Friday night

You're another man wife

And you waltz that lie till dawn

 

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Tell me where oh were has summer gone

It hasn't come this year

You always cry when swallows fly

They confirm your darkest fears

When a bottle strikes

Down one mans life

And his children's lives as well

The full moon pulls you

Many times

To the outer edge of hell

 

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Precious Years

 

It's all over now, no more summers in heaven

After World War Two wed and a life of ups and downs

I see it now, precious even on paper

A young man and his bride and someone to make time stand still

 

But now I know and I don't want to believe it

Where does it leave you now

That the precious years are gone

 

All things remain to ignore and outlive you

From the man in the moon to the greenhills outside your door

Alone you came so alone you must go now

There's no mountain on earth can ever outlive your soul

 

But now I know and I don't want to believe it

Where does it leave you now

That the precious years are gone

 

I know you well, you'll be nothing but grateful

Never let it be said they were spent in thoughtless ways

Warm winds blow 'cross the ties that bind forever

For a place in the sun and for the hearts of love a home

 

But now I know and I don't want to believe it

Where does it leave you now

That the precious years are gone

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