Broken Wings (Celtic Festival)

dougie_maccleanI was trolling the KVMR website this afternoon, looking over the Celtic Festival performance calendar for the weekend of October 3rd, and ran across this sweet video by Scottish artist, Dougie MacLean.

Listening to it, I remembered again what I often forget … how important music is in my life. When I was young I wanted to make a career of music, one of many lives I never l ived.

Listen with an open … heart.

A tall tree
Turn and face the west
O we’re running with the wind
A high clifftop
We’re waiting with the rest
For this journey to begin


But these broken wings won’t fly
These broken wings won’t fly at all

And O how we laugh
But maybe we should crawl
And ask to be excused
We shout loudly
Have answers to it all
O but we have been refused


Girl child
You’re dancing with the stream
Growing with the silver trees
Your young questions
You ask me what it means
O but I am not at ease



The waves crash in and the tide tide pulls out
It’s an angry sea but there is no doubt
That the lighthouse will keep shining out
to warn the lonely sailor
And the lightning strikes and the wind cuts cold
through the sailor’s bones, to the sailor’s soul
Till there’s nothing left that he can hold
except the rolling ocean

But I am ready for the storm, yes sir, ready
I am ready for the storm, I’m ready for the storm

Oh give me mercy for my dreams
Cause every confrontation seems
To tell me what it really means
to be this lonely sailor
And when you take me by your side
you love me warm, you love me and
I should have realized
I had no reasons to be frightened


The distance it is no real friend
And time will take its time
And you will find that in the end
it brings you me, the lonely sailor
But when the sky begins to clear
and the sun it melts away my fear
I’ll cry a silent weary tear
for those that need to love me


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