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Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea (from Archie Fisher)

29 Jul 09 - 10:39 AM (#2689581)
Subject: Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea
From: maryannexed

Can anyone provide the lyrics to Archie Fisher's "Surge of the Sea", from 'Windward Away'? I'm stuck on the first line of the third verse. Any assistance greatly appreciated! Thanks


29 Jul 09 - 01:35 PM (#2689721)
Subject: Lyr Add: SURGE OF THE SEA (MacVicar/Fisher)
From: maeve

In his album notes for the cd "Windward Away", Archie says, " My family translation of the Gaelic song An Altaireachd Ard, The High Surge, written in Canada by the exiled D. MacVicar. The 'woods of the west' were probably those of British Columbia and the 'traon of the field' is the rare and elusive bird of the Hebrides, the corn-crake.'"

Here's my transcription, maryannexed ; if I've made any errors, let me know so it can be corrected. I can check it with Archie if we're uncertain about anything I have down so far. I don't think he'd mind it being added to the DT but I'll make certain.
maeve

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Surge of the Sea

Come listen with me to the ceaseless, thundering roar,
As the seas without change or pity crash to the shore.
Over the sand, the endless surge and the flow,
As once in my island childhood long, long ago.

For the woods of the west they hold no longing to stay.
My heart's in the little hollow down by the bay,
With folk who were good and kind in happier days
Both loving in thought and deed, at labor and play

Like the traon of the field those times and people have gone
The winds of the western ocean carry them on.
A flight of defenseless birds on the scattering breeze
Rose o'er the endless flow and surge of the sea.

For my age and my looks now speak of my shortness of days.
I will move from your side and seek the wandering ways.
When the cold sleep of death has wrapped its sheet around me,
Make my bed by that endless sound the surge of the sea.
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More info: The song in Gaelic with a basic English translation


29 Jul 09 - 02:32 PM (#2689783)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea
From: maryannexed

You are BRILLIANT!!! thank you so much

On another note, I'm so glad it was you who responded Maeve - I've read many of your postings with great enjoyment, especially your review of Windward Away!


29 Jul 09 - 02:39 PM (#2689789)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea
From: maeve

It's kind of you to say that, maryannexed.

It's an elegant translation the Fisher family has crafted, and one of many lovely songs on Windward Away. Enjoy the learning and singing of this one.

Regards,

maeve


29 Jul 09 - 03:53 PM (#2689847)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea
From: GUEST,John in Hamilton

Are you keen on Archie's stuff MARYANNEXED? I wish there was a good website of his stuff etc. It seems to be a bit of a self-effacing career he's had!


04 Aug 09 - 11:30 PM (#2693948)
Subject: Lyr Add: AN ALTAIREACHD ARD (D. MacVicar)
From: Jim Dixon

Copied from the link given by maeve above:

AN ALTAIREACHD ARD
D. MacVicar

An ataireachd bhuan
Cluinn fuiam na h-ataireachd ard
Tha torunn a'chuain
Mar chualas leams' e'n am phaisd
Gun mhuthadh gun truas
A' sluaisreadh gainneimh na tragh'd
An ataireachd bhuan
Cluinn fuiam na h-ataireachd ard

'S na coilltean a siar
Cha 'n iarrain fuireach gu brath
Bha m'inntinn 's mo mhainn
A riamh air lagan a' bhaigh
Ach iadsan bha fial, an gniomh
An caidreamh, 's an agh
Air sgapadh gun dion
Mar thriallas ealtainn roimh namh

Ach siubhlaidh mi uat
Cha ghluais mi tuilleadh 'n ad dhail
Tha m'aois 'us mo shnuadh
Toirt luaidh air giorrad mo la
An am dhomh bhi suainnt'
Am fuachd 's an cadal a' bhais
Mo leabaidh dean suas
Ri fuaim na h-ataireachd ard

Na h-ataireachd ard
Mo leabaidh dean suas
Ri fuaim na h-ataireachd ard
Mo leabaidh dean suas
Ri fuaim na h-ataireachd ard
Na h-ataireachd ard

The ceaseless surge
Listen to the surge of the sea
The thunder of the ocean
As I heard it when I was a child
Without change, without pity
Breaking on the sand of the beach
The ceaseless surge
Listen to the surge of the sea

In the woods of the west
I would not want to remain forever
My mind and my desire
Were always on the little hollow by the bay
But those folk who were generous in affection
In their happiness and in their acts
Have been scattered defenseless
As a flock of birds flees in front of their enemy

But I'll depart from you
I'll not move any more to meet you
My age and my appearance
Give an account of the shortness of my day
At the time that I am wrapped
In the cold slumber of death
My bed make up
Behind the sound of the sea

The surge of the sea
My bed make up
Behind the sound of the sea
My bed make up
Behind the sound of the sea
The surge of the sea


05 Aug 09 - 04:00 AM (#2693998)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Surge of the Sea (from Archie Fisher)
From: maeve

Good idea, Jim. Thank you.

maeve