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Síðueldur

 

There’s many a saga and tale to be told

Of bloodshed and battles once fought long ago

Our island of glaciers, mountains and snow

Meet heaven and hell on the land far below

Cold rain blown across oceans and mountains and continents

Our story is cast on the third day of June

The mountain is torn in the late afternoon

The black breath of demons, of fire and of flame

The devil himself all our lives come to claim

Cold rain blown across oceans and mountains and continents

The sheep and the cattle lie dead in the fields

And smoky blue water a poison conceals

Our children are drowned in the cold light of day

And shadows are cast across silent decay

Cold rain blown across oceans and mountains and continents

There’s no one to save us, there’s no one to see

The death on the mountain the death on the breeze

There’s no one to save us, the gods justified

For ever remember the day the dance died

Cold rain blown across oceans and mountains and continents

Síðueldur

And over the far lands the sun wears a veil

The leaves turn to brown and the harvests they fail

How mighty are fallen, how innocent weep

A new revolution the promises keep

Cold rain blown across oceans and mountains and continents

Not Lonely Now

 

I’m not lonely now

I’m not lonely now

You climbed in through my window

I’m not lonely now

 

I’m not crying now

I’m not crying now

You climbed in through my window

I’m not crying now

 

I’m not sleeping now

I’m not sleeping now

You climbed into my dreams and

I’m not sleeping now

Almost there

Just a little line to bring me to your door

Another little sign to make you think there could be more

There’s always been a breeze to help us drive the clouds away

Just beyond the trees and cross the stream without delay

 

Don’t you ever tire of fooling me around

Balanced on a wire someday we’re going to hit the ground

Looking for a clue to guide us through these twists and turns

Nothing left to lose. The summit cairn is where we learn so

 

Hold my hand we’re almost there

Through the scree tread carefully and you will see

We’ll find a way back down

 

Every little lie is written on your face

Every alibi has broken down to your disgrace

It’s never been a crime to let it take your breath away

I’m giving you the time to make it right in every way so

 

Hold my hand we’re almost there

Through the scree tread carefully and you will see

We’ll find a way back down

The Voice of Loch Katrine (lyrics by Polly Avison)

 

Take your time next time treading this old pass

Breathe in the gorse, the gold light up your path

Brightly aurora flirt with the dark night

Be you by water or a mountain height

            What can you hear o’er howling of wind?

            Carried down stream the voice of Loch Katrine

She was our sweet heart, she knew all the town!

She grew so bonny, her beauty was renowned

But still more lovely, more lovely than that face

She would start singing: Sorrow, love replaced

            Friend can you hear her above the wind?

            That’s what we call the Voice of Loch Katrine

One night of passion, a single night she strayed

One night was all: Her love that was betrayed

Lost for another, broken on the sand

Lost to the waves that crash along the strand

Say you can hear her dancing on winds

            That’s what we call the voice of Loch Katrine!

Shame took her from us, shame tore her from grace

Shame I could ne’er wash from that sweet face

She was my sweet heart but they’re all to blame

No one dare sing. Her brave echoes remain.

            Say you can hear her dancing on winds

            That’s what we call the voice of Loch Katrine!

Friday Street (lyrics by Polly Avison)

 

Take me back to Friday Street she asks me every night

Cigarettes and spirits we assemble by moonlight

Ultimately somebody will set out wings alight

Patiently they’ll harness all our shining plumes of flight

 

And Ooh, we’ll fly

Ooh, we’ll fly

 

Down to Friday Street we stumble nearly every night

Sometimes only Friday Street keeps sanity in sight

Ultimately up to me, advice I try to take

Happiness comes only when the cycle starts to break and

 

Everything alright on Friday Street

Never be alone on Friday Street

Everything alright on Friday Street

Never be alone on Friday Street

 

 

Last night down on Friday Street we set the demons straight

Embracing altogether our inevitable fate

Ultimately somebody will set our wings alight

But until that moment lift my spirit through the night

 

And Ooh, we’ll fly

Ooh, we’ll fly

 

Everything alright on Friday Street

Never be alone on Friday Street

Everything alright on Friday Street

Never be alone on Friday Street

Solway Moss

 

 

This night with yours so many souls

The waters deep they drownded

Away, away, the cries I hear

A swirling grave surrounded

 

I’ll hold your head until you’re gone

Until your blood has left you

I’ll wait beneath the glowering sky

And watch your soul pass into

 

And the wind blows wild across

And the Galloway ponies they know their way back through the moss

There’ll be no more lost there’ll be no greater cost in the fight

When we bring back the cattle and horses they stole in the night

 

And the horn sounds through the air

And the ice in our hair joins the dark with the smell of despair

Tomorrow we ride to revenge those that died for the cause

So our women and children can live without fear of the sword

 

Hear the silence fall

Around the tower walls

 

Will there be blood spilt

And does the child cry

Can there be justice

If all of us die

 

This night with yours so many souls

The waters deep they drownded

Away, away, the cries I hear

A swirling grave surrounded

Until the sun grows cold

 

Open skies

And mountains wide

Breathe the air we feel inside

No one else I’d rather share

Plans to find the world out there

 

Pulling weeds

And sowing seeds

Waiting for the first green leaves

Talking ‘bout the day it snowed

Trails along the glistening road

 

        Stay with me until I’m old

        Stay until the sun grows cold

        And dark

 

There’s a place

That we both go

By the fireside winter glow

Through the sand and through the snow

Hold my hand don’t let me go

 

Sharing time

And sharing light

Sharing pieces of the night

Never seem to find the place

To say how much I need your grace

 

        Stay with me until I’m old

        Stay until the sun grows cold

        And dark

Heaven Knows

 

So I’ve cleared out of your bedroom and my bags are in the hall

In a little while a taxi’s going to take me from it all

I don’t believe you recognise how hard it’s going to be

When the door between us closes and finally we’re free

                No, no, it wasn’t how we planned

                Broken dreams and shattered schemes we didn’t understand

                No, no, no, we couldn’t compromise

                And heaven knows, heaven knows, heaven knows we tried

Well I took us to the gardens and I took us to the shore

I swear and for the life of me we couldn’t have done more

We talked about the future and we talked about the past

The conclusion that we came to was our love it wouldn’t last

                No, No ...

I’ll never ask for sympathy I’ll never look form proof

In the corner of the lyrics for some tiny hidden truth

I only wish you well as you set out along the track

That winds around our destiny while never looking back

                No, no ...

Nine days

Hear the tales told of bravery unknown

Of the blood spilt so darkly on the stone

Of our lady so innocently used

Of our lady so wrongfully accused

                In the dark night only starlight

                Knows that you might face the day alone

                When the dawn plays what your soul prays

Just for nine days lay across your throne

So our child queen a slender freckled flower

By a window inside the castle tower

Those around you conspiracy they weave

And the walls feel your heart and courage cleave

                In the dark night ...

                                Over green fields and then across the sand

                                Take the freedom and you will take my hand

                                All the memories will be written true and fair

                                All the memories will be heard never despair

No remorse, no repentance where you’re lain

There’s no image of your face or of your pain

When your eyes cast across the leaden sky

Over cold stone we hear the ravens cry

                In the dark night ...

Munro Shuffle

 

Well I took me to the hills, I was looking for a goal

Looking for something to feed my soul

And I found me a mountain, standing all alone

So I looked for a sign, a path or a line or some kind of stone

 

Into the rain, Into the sky

Into the pain of the teeth of the gale where everybody cries

 

Now there’s many more to climb for a jolly mountaineer

Three in a day, it’s better that way if the pathway’s clear

If the snow’s too deep or the wind too high

Never despair, tomorrow prepare for a clear blue sky

 

Into the rain, Into the sky

Into the pain of the teeth of the gale where everybody cries

 

So you may be lover or you might be a friend

I’ve got to believe the tales that you weave have a happy end

A solitary smile, a twinkle in your eye

I haven’t the time or a suitable rhyme to ask you why?

 

Into the rain, Into the sky

Into the pain of the teeth of the gale where everybody cries

Into the rain

Carried on the breeze, I hope these words will comfort you and

Another day to seize and take away the answer to

          Don’t go, don’t fly away

          Although I see you turning your face into the rain

Everybody knows we make our own reality and

Confidence that grows will carry through adversity

Don’t go, don’t fly away

          Although I see you turning your face into the rain

 

Sunshine takes you, lighting up the darkest hour

I know you can gently hold adventure in the hollow of your hand

 

Waiting in the wings, there’s no one standing in your way and

It’s here the world begins, to you unfolds a perfect day so

Don’t go, don’t fly away

          Although I see you turning your face into the rain

Said and Done

 

You stand on the threshold and your bags they’re all packed

You’ve made up your mind so there’s no more looking back

You wanted your freedom, you wanted escape

A new life is waiting beyond the cityscape

 

How many lovers have you broken apart

How many sorrows unconsoled

How many secrets do you hold in your heart untold

 

I hope you’re quite ready for travelling alone

You know that I’m always at the end of a phone

You’ve burnt all your bridges and sold all your books

A head full of music where nobody looks

 

How many lessons will you learn on the road

How many sinners will you save

How many handfuls of seeds will you sow and raise

 

I read all your letters, I’ve read between lines

I wish I could say that I’ve found that subtle sign

You say that you’re happy, you say that you’re strong

A new way of living to play out in a song

 

How many tunes do you still hold in your head

How many songs remain unsung

How many empty stages when all is said and done