The Big Wheel

THE BIG WHEEL

Headlights

 

The headlights swing across the naked heath

Through the silent miles the empty spaces

With the drinking boys

The dancing wine

Somewhere outside the laughing glass burns in your eye

 

Elvis is still the king the long road home

The flushed caress the trembling heart

Oh the ebb and flow the dancing hands

She's in your arms electric chord's accordian bands

 

O eilean, mairidh do linn

O an talamh m' oige

 

Translation

O island, your generation will last

O landskape of youth

 

Healer In Your Heart

 

There's a watcher waiting on the edge of the world with the

thoughts that never darken when the lights go down

In the rhythm of living and the shifting tribe through the cities of

destruction in these graceless times

 

For the universe and the stars are around you now

But the healer in your heart is only a breath away

 

In the smallness of one heartbeat power overthrow

In the oneness of the journey for a homing soul

With the spirits of the mighty here since day began

A shadow rushes through the grasslands to the dying sun

 

For the universe and the stars are around you now

But the healer in your heart is only a breath away

For there's silence and there's blindness in a raging world

But the healer in your heart is only a moment away

 

(Repeat)

 

(Repeat)

 

Abhainn an t-Sluaigh

The Crowded River

 

Chan eil an t-adhar os cionn Lunnainn

A-nochd soilleir no dorch

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Gun sgeul air coinneal mòr latha

No reultan na h-oidhche

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

An seo 's am baile gun chadal

Gun fhois is gun saorsa

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Casan a' gluasad

An abhainn an tuil

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Na cuibhlichean, 's cabhaig

A' tionndadh gun sgur

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Cus ag adhradh beairteas

Aig altair an t-shaoghail

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Càch gun dòchas gun dachaigh

Air sraidean gun ghaol

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Leis gach dath is gach creideamh

Gach cainnt às gach cearn

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh

 

Gach ceist is gach freagairt

sios an abhainn gu cuan

Fada bho abhainn an t-sluaigh ( x6 )

 

--oOo--

 

The skies above London

Are neither clear nor dark

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

Neither the great candle of daylight

Nor the stars of the night can be seen

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

In this city that never sleeps

there is stillness, no quiet

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

Footsteps keep moving

The river in full flood

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

 

The relentless wheels

Keep turning without pause

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

Many worshipping wealth

At the world's altar

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

Others without hope or home

On streets that hold no love

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

Races creeds and tongues

From all corners of the globe

The need to be far from the crowded river

 

All questions and answer

Rushing down the river to the ocean

The need to be far from the crowded river ( x6)

 

Always the Winner

 

When you close your eyes there's a frightened pride that lives for you

That your mother’s life and your father’s eyes can't hide

You had no choice didn't ask the dice too fall for you

Still your courage comes like thunder through the skies

 

Always the winner, the victor and the giver

Somewhere through that winter you'll never be alone

For evermore the winner

The taker and the giver

Somewhere through that winter you will not grow old

 

So you carry time down the tortured line where mysteries show

Well hidden from life’s learned and life’s wise

Mans useless ways and worthless conversation

Lie well exposed and humbled in your smile

 

(Chorus)

 

Still you run out in the morning with the boys and the girls

The miracle of innocence on a head of curls

We'll search every reason wherever we roam to find a place

For these broken hearts and bones

 

We'll keep a fire on the hillsides after the summers gone

And we'll wait here till the war-wounded come home

 

(Chorus)

 

(Chorus)

 

This Beautiful Pain

 

Day was young and desire was stirred

Summer was all but gone

Light was fading from the side of your face

Sinking low in the corn

 

All that's constant and wise I still see in your eyes

It was always this way from the start

Right here whre I stand on the last of the land

Bur you're still breaking the heart

 

Now all I have is rushing right through my hands

Sailing over the seas

Down that tide where fresh and salt combine

All victories are released

 

We who wrestle the years have traded our fears for a glimpse of ecstasy in the dark

Turning ice in the fire but still we're denied

But you're still breaking the heart

 

The skies turned red without failure

They held their promise and dread till the last

You put all of my youth in my future

You put the future back into my past

 

So shine a light and shine it brightly now

You know it all takes it's course

 

And all the many ways I've tried so hard to reach this potent source

On the day behind time across the divide

Along the cord came all light out of dark

Now I stand amaze in this beautiful pain

But you're still breaking the heart

An Cuibhle Mor

The Big Wheel

 

Na cuibhlichean a' tionndadh

An rathad deas agus tuath

Na cuibhlichean a' gluasad

Mar tha 'saoghal, iad a' tionndadh mun cuairt

 

Glaschu. Dùn Èideann. Inbhirnis. Sruighlea.

 

Na cuibhlichean a' tionndadh

Gach dùthaich muir agus tìr

Tro' ghleanntan tro' bhailtean

a dh' ionnsaigh an àite agaibh fhèin

 

Steornabhagh. Obar Dheadhain.

An Gearasdan. Dun Deagh.

Lunnainn. A' Ghearmailt

Eirinn. Ameiriga.

 

An cuibhle mòr nach stad gu bràth

Tionndadh òganaich gu aois

A-nochd tha 'n rathad mòr nar coinneamh

Gun àm ann ach an dràsd

 

An cuibhle mòr, an cuibhle mòr

 

'S ioma là chaidh seachad

A ghaoth a seideadh tro an ùir

'S ioma là bha a' ghrian ag èirigh oirnn

Seasamh anns an eòrna nuair a bha sinn òg

Aghmhor. Aghmhor.

A' ruith tro na raointean 's iad a' fàs

Abaich, òrach

Coimhead ri na speuran

'S ioma là, 's ioma là, 's ioma là

Feitheamh 'son a chuairt

 

An cuibhle mòr, an cuibhle mòr

 

--oOo--

 

The wheels keep turning

The road stretches north and south

The wheels keep moving

Like the globe they keep turning around

 

The wheels keep turning

Through each country land and sea

Through the glens and the cities towards the place

that you call your own

This is the big wheel that never stands still

Turning our youth to old age

 

Tonight the road reaches out before us and the present time

is the only time we have

Many are the days that have gone

The wind blowing through the dust of the earth

Many are the days that the sun rose on us

Standing in the barley when we were young

 

Joyful. Joyful

 

Running through the fields as they grew

Ripe. Golden

 

Looking towards the open skies waiting for the journey

Glasgow Edinburgh Inverness Stirling

Stornoway Aberdeen

Fort-William Dundee London

Germany Ireland America

The big wheel The big wheel

 

Edge Of The World

 

All the homes on the globe are like the television in your eyes

A cross guarding your heart the living years a sacrifice

A shiver at the door in the night, clouds cross a black moonlight

Rushing on down to the sound of a turning world

There's a south by sou'westerly force eight coming in strong

Across the continental shelf from the cold grey Malin beyond

 

The need to keep control

The need to stand alone at the edge of the world

On the edge of the world

On the edge of the world

 

The adrenalin infrastructure bringing on it's troubles some more

All the laws of the jungle stranded on your latest shore

But the waves hold the healer force

The years disappear like a ghost

Somewhere out of the sight of the night and the light of day

Now civilisation groans and the news reel cries

Like a drowning man his life in front of his eyes

Oh the need to keep control

The need to bare the soul at the edge of the world

 

On the edge of the world

On the edge of the world

And the man from St. Kilda went over the cliff on a winter's day

 

On the edge of the world

On the edge of the world

 

Hearthammer

 

With the eyes of a child the wonder of it all

I used to search the stars at night and I felt so safe and small

Sweet sounds from a Merseytown and my nursery God

 

I wanted to ride with Yuri Gagarin as he circled all around my world

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

 

Lying under the covers. Radio on

Settle down with Caroline as she sailed all summer long

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Mining Hearts of Gold

 

I think it was somewhere post Rubber Soul

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

 

There was the first caress

There were the Labour years

There was the man that walked the moon something I never really believed

The Di Stefano twists the Charlton goals

 

Now I'm still here with the eyes of a child the wonder never grows old

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

Hearthammer and I lose control

Hearthammer

The wonder never grows old

 

I'll Keep Coming Home

 

When I'm away please take good care of my heart

And when I'm gone say a prayer for love

'Cause there's cities and clouds in my eyes

The empty streets and the raining nights

Wherever the highway unwinds

I'll keep coming home

Love on a wire

Strangers walk out on the town

Long distance words

Outside leave the night to the young

Cause its touchdowns runways and roads

The bright lights the silver and gold

Wherever the moment goes cold

I'll keep coming home

I'll keep coming home to you

 

Flower Of The West

 

Sunburst

The morning moar

The light of God

The heart of youth

I look around me

My eyes find their rest on this garden

The flower of the west

 

The silent skies

An innocent heart

Holding the moment away

From time in the dark

All I see. All I know

Is touching the sacred earth

Warming the hallowed ground

 

Walk on

Walk on

Walk on

 

Sunrise

The colour frontier

The ageing light

The sight that knows no fear

I look over Orinsay to the Trumisgarry shore

To Aloter

And the road to Ahmore

 

The silent skies

An innocent heart

Holding the moment away

From time in the dark

All I see. All I know

Is touching the sacred earth

Warming the hallowed ground

 

I survive the childhood universe

And I step the naked heath

Where the breathing of the vanished

Lies in acres round my feet

Past Loch Scadavagh Loch Fada

And the flatlands to the east

Where the dark blue mass of Eval

Meets the rising Rock of Lee

Between the Crogary and Maairi

I started to descend

Loch Aongais on my left hand side

I look across to Clett

Collies barking on the outrun

Dunlin dancing on the sand

Breakers show round Corran Vallique

And empty the Atlantic on the strand

 

The silent skies

An innocent heart

Holding the moment away

From time in the dark

All I see. All I know

Is touching the sacred earth

Warming the hallowed ground

 

Flower of the west

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