So far and fast have I come today
Driven here from England
To England I came in pleasant company
To stand, stand by the roadside here
Looking down on Staffin Island
And here by the roadside find myself with thee

Not so fast or far from here
Even since I was a young man
I've worked and wined and wed and withered all
But now and then the months and years
Have brought the mountain to Mohammed
I believe I've seen all I want to see of the world

Won't you tell me what you've seen
Rounding the horizon
What silver vessel has flashed to you its oar
What bright sail or Kelpie fair
On the surf a riding
Where I belong we don't see such things any more

Well I will tell you all I saw
It's not what you imagine
No glittering ocean ever courted then my mind
Only shadows, shadows there
Murderous and silent
There on Staffin Island, still and biding time

I believe I know of what you speak
Although that may surprise you
I long ago among such shadows crept
And landed here in the dead of night
But only for fresh water
No darker purpose idled while you slept

I'll grant you this, there is a well
There among the bracken
And I'll grant you still that you found it only so
But you and I were servants then
Of a deeper thing than water
And while we washed upon the surface, there were unseen tides below

So where and how do we go from here
Who even would believe us
The years since then have shrunk me by a third
The world it seems is a kind of place
Both beautiful and violent
Now hush that Staffin Island might have the final word


from The Day Is Loud, released November 1, 2015
Written and recorded by Hector MacInnes at Stiùidio Ostaig, and on location on the Isle of Skye.

Cover image by Philippa Thomas



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Hector MacInnes Isle Of Skye, UK

Composer, songwriter and producer from the Isle of Skye.

I also play with The Dead Man's Waltz.


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