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Posted By: Barbara
05-Nov-02 - 02:29 PM
Thread Name: Old Gordon Bok song sought-Cuillins of Rhum
Subject: RE: Old Gordon Bok song sought
The trouble with these old albums is they never had liner notes. It was one of the first records I bought in stereo, and is graced with a picture of Gordon, with a pipe, scowling as he gazes earnestly out to sea, looking all of 17.
I remember the song on the first Bok album as going:

"Far away seaward my green land, my youth land
Far away seaward the cuillins of Rhum
Though far in your dreams I am here in your waters
And laughing o'er streams by the cuillins of Rhum.

When shall I see thy bold shores in the sunlight?
The heather of hills in the rising of morn
The cold and grey seawind blows east in the morning
And runs the wild hills o'er the cuillins of Rhum."

And I once ran into some additional verses in a Marion Zimmer Bradley book, one of the Darkover series. (There, all my sins out of the closet!) So I assume there is another translation out there. Don't like my chances of finding them now.

If you care, the tune is mixolydian, and he accompanies it with a whistle. I probably can generate a tune/MIDI if anyone needs it.