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1.
A9 02:33
A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 Sixty seven, in a Ford Cortina Keep her straight on the centre line Just eighteen and the blood is wild Driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 The night is free and my girl beside me Long dark hair, and she looks so fine Singing songs, the strings are humming Driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 Head for home, the night is weary Heart is heavy, left her crying Push your chances every corner Driving home the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 Every bend don’t know what’s waiting Fear sends shivers down my spine I don’t know it’s hell or heaven Driving home the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 But then I took a road less travelled At the crossroads saw the sign Gave the wheel to a different driver Driving home the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 Now I drive across the country Different drum, and a new design Looking for lost sheep and shepherds Driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 Many years now lie between us Many memories round us twine But I’m heading home forever Driving home the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 A9, A9, driving down the A9 (c) Alex J MacDonald
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ANGEL OF THE NORTH You were lonely from the time when first I saw your face You’d lost the one you loved, you were holding out for grace To protect you and defend you I’d have laid my body down If I could wield the sword, then you would wear the crown You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I love the way your hair falls across your breast You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West To know you is to love you and loving you I’m blessed I was wandering the streets as I looked for someone lost When I saw you with your friends and I wished I could have crossed You were dressed up real fine for a party or a dance But my heart went out to you and I stood there in a trance You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I love the way you talk and I love the way you’re dressed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I want everyone to know you’re the one I love the best You were lying very still and your face was deathly white You were in another place and my world was black as night When you opened up your eyes and you looked at me and smiled Could have thrown my arms around you and held you like a child You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West When you’re standing near, I’m like a man possessed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West But to think that I could love you, you never would have guessed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I love the way your hair falls across your breast You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West To know you is to love you and loving you I’m blessed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I love the way you talk and I love the way you’re dressed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West I want everyone to know you’re the one I love the best You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West When you’re standing near, I’m like a man possessed You’re the angel of the North, you’re the lily of the West But to think that I could love you, you never would have guessed (C) Alex J MacDonald
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Where are you tonight? O where are you tonight, my love? / O where are you tonight? O where are you tonight, my love? / O where are you tonight? O where are you tonight, my love / this dark and dreary night? O where are you tonight, my love / in the dark or in the light? O do you lie in fields of green / where the quiet waters flow? Or do you lie in a field of blood / where I can never go? And do you think of me at all / and the stories that we read? O do you think of me at all / and the things we left unsaid? I pray that it’s in peace tonight / you lay your lovely head And nothing will disturb your dreams / as you lie down in your bed O where are you tonight, my love? / O where are you tonight? O where are you tonight, my love? / O where are you tonight? (c) Alex J MacDonald
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Love Is 02:43
LOVE IS Love is a young girl on the threshold of life Giving up her future when it hurts like a knife Turning from the prizes, the promises and the race Losing her mother and trying to take her place Love is Love is a father who will not give up hope When his daughter disappears and his world goes up in smoke He climbs every mountain and crosses every river Halfway across the world 'cause he knows she'll be delivered Love is Love is a mother when her car's engulfed in fire Her children in the back seat as the flames rise higher To pull them from that furnace her life is dearly sold And those hands that saved her babies now lie stiff and cold Love is Love is the God who stands in our shoes Glory, peace and heaven he stands to lose Shame, wrath and hell is the price we should pay But he takes it all and he opens up the way Love is
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Before we could say more When I got your letter I came right away 'Cause I could never stand your pain As I drove down the valley through the setting sun Your eyes were begging me to come When I got to your village I met you on the street And we drove down the road to the sea We talked for hours as we walked on the sand And I thought that you could understand But our bodies came between us like so many times before And the darkness gathered round us before we could say more As we sat side by side in the warmth of your room Your laughter made me think again Of the pride that I had when I sang about our love And all our friends were there But I could not forget all the pain that we knew And the silence that drove us apart And I could not forget all the days I walked alone And all the nights you cried When our bodies came between us like so many times before And the darkness gathered round us before we could say more And we knew it was madness and we knew it wouldn't work But we pretended not to care And my heart filled with sadness and your eyes filled with tears As I walked from your door to the car And I could not forget that you were once mine As the road and the night slipped away And I could see your face through the pouring rain Begging me to stay But our bodies came between us like so many times before And the darkness gathered round us before we could say more (c) Alex J MacDonald
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TURN AWAY FROM YOUR MEMORIES I met her in the springtime in that old hotel hall She was laughing, eyes smiling, and so were we all It was the end of September till I saw her again And we kept time waiting as we walked on the hill Turn away from your memories Close your eyes and breathe deep Maybe daytime will come Before too long For three days joy lasted, then it faded away In its place there was sadness, loneliness and dismay Saw her house on the hillside as the ship sailed away And the wind was so cold on me that my eyes filled with tears Turn away from your memories Close your eyes and breathe deep Maybe daytime will come Before too long Could have gone back to take her, but the wind didn't blow Stood against the temptation, still I'd too far to go But the pain of restraining brought her back to my door And I could only turn away, couldn't say yes or no Turn away from your memories Close your eyes and breathe deep Maybe daytime will come Before too long It's a long lonely journey, but it's going too slow What's round the next corner, tomorrow I'll know And the old gas fire's burning and her heart's burning too Hopings too strong to die, yes and sorrows were still Turn away from your memories Close your eyes and breathe deep Maybe daytime will come Before too long (c) Donald Smith
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Changes 04:18
Changes I remember the first time that ever I saw your face That night in October Sixty-nine I remember your shyness as you walked across the room Your smile made your eyes shine Then you stood in white, made everything right Seems just a moment away But how this world has changed, it sometimes seems so strange But there's still one thing that I can say We've been through changes down through the years We've been through the laughter and the pain But O, when you smile, you light up my world You light it up again and again We learned how to change the things that we could change To accept the things we couldn't change And we asked for the wisdom to help us from on high To know what could change and couldn't change I've been through the fire and I've been through the rain Through dark days I thought would never end But I wasn't overwhelmed and I wasn't burned out Cause I've got a lover and a friend We've been through changes down through the years We've been through the laughter and the pain But O, when you smile, you light up my world You light it up again and again I can't change the world for everyone there is But I'd like to change the world just for you I can't please everybody all of the time But all I want to do is for you Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh The two will always be one To love and to cherish for better or for worse Until this old world has gone We've been through changes down through the years We've been through the laughter and the pain But O, when you smile, you light up my world You light it up again and again (c) Alex J MacDonald
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RING OF THE RAINBOW Following the sun on the wing of a storm Flying into darkness fragile in form They want to hurt me, they want to drag me down They'd like to see me fall they'd like to see me drown But I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud Standing on the rocks where the ocean crashes down Rolling like thunder when the lightning flashes round They destroy my reputation, vilify my name They'd turn everyone against me, say that I'm to blame But I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud At the end of the sea, islands standing clear The burning setting sun draws away my fear Cause they're closing in around me, trying to hold me back They'd like to see me bend, they'd like to see me crack But I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud In a valley by the sea I saw the plague of death Swollen blinded eyes, choking every breath It came across the water, no island keeps it out Decay and desolation, bringing fear and doubt But I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud I'm in the ring of the rainbow, the shadow of the cloud (c) Alex J MacDonald
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STAND YOUR GROUND When the night is long and the day is bleak And you just can’t find the right words to speak When those you love are far away And the distance grows no matter what you say Oh stand, stand your ground When your heart is broken and it hurts like hell And with every wound you retreat into your shell When your head is on fire and your heart is numb And your ears are burning and your mouth is dumb Oh stand, stand your ground When you’re under the cosh and you’re under attack And your body’s pierced by the devil’s flak When you’re hurt in the places where no one sees And you’re down in the dust and on your knees Oh stand, stand your ground When the water’s rising and it chills your blood And you think you’ll soon be drowned in the flood When you’re lost in the dark like a little child And the clouds are torn and the night is wild Oh stand, stand your ground When the voices whisper that you’ve reached the end And you can’t tell the difference between enemy or friend When everything you try is bound to fail And into your coffin goes another nail Oh stand, stand your ground When you feel that there’s no one who wants to care And you begin to doubt if God himself is there Remember the weapons he gave to you With a sword in your hand take a different view And stand, stand your ground (c) Alex J MacDonald
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Restless men 04:20
RESTLESS MEN Soft green waves touched by the setting sun Turn the sea to blood and the world to darkness Restless water driven by the restless wind The men have gone across the restless water Restless men into the setting sun They left behind their aching memories They sailed away, sailed away, and have not yet returned And often I looked as the waves unfolded Bursting white foam on the old brown stones And my heart is gone with the brown-skinned sailors To find a home beyond that far horizon They will sail forever on an endless ocean Looking for a country that has no shore They will never return to our tired green hillside Now the deer can run free, run free, and the grass grow long But the rolling water brings its peace upon me The salt taste on my lips I will not soon forget I will go once more to look down on the water But the sharp grey hills will welcome me back The men have gone on the restless water Restless men into the setting sun They will never return to our tired green hillside Now the deer can run free, run free, and the grass grow long (c) Donald Smith
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A Dream of Kintail 1. I’m alone on the frozen prairie, I’m alone on the dazzling snow, Around the wide horizon where no others come or go, After a hard day’s marching my weary steps I stay For I’ve tasted the joys of camping this night by Hudson Bay. 2. As I sit by the blazing log-fire watching the embers fade I see a map of Scotland ’mid the snow-lit hill and shade; I sing a song of Scotland alone in the fading light - A song of the dear old country, how it cheers my heart tonight! 3. I sing a song of Scotland as I lay me down to rest, And my yearning heart goes out o’er that wild ocean of the west, To a land of heath-clad mountain - the land that gave me birth, And I think that with all her failings she’s the fairest land on earth! 4. I dream a dream of Scotland, oh could it last `til morn! I see the little sheiling by the burn where I was born, Where I wandered coming home at e’en to gather brambles wild, And I fancy in my vision that I’m once more a child. 5. Oh! listen to the music of the mountain and the crag, To the treble of the curlew and the deep bass of the stag, To the croaking of the raven and the moaning of the gale, And in fancy I am roaming on the mountains of Kintail! 6. I see the little schoolhouse in the clachan by the burn; I feel the touch of vanished hand that I can feel no more. Beneath the shade of Morvern hills I dream of songs I’ve sung, Of love songs sweet and tender when love and I were young! 7. I still dream on of Scotland and my own beloved Kintail, As I wander by the river, thro’ the beallach and the hill; Ben Attow’s highest summit where the eagles used to soar, And upwards still and higher as I did in days of yore. 8. Deeper still and deeper does my slumber o’er me steal ’til I seem to be dissolvéd ’mid the raptures of my dream; Then all those misty visions fade wholly from my sight, And I heave a sigh for Scotland: “My native Land, goodnight!” Traditional/Curliana Dingwall
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THE THIN RED LINE In Strathnaver by the river Stands a lonely stone-built cairn In 1800 there they gathered Whisky taken, oaths fulfilled Loyal clansmen for the Countess The Ninety-third Highlanders Left their crofts and all their dear ones Sailed for Ireland, and Africa O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line What sustained them through all their hardships Was a thin red line of blood From the Book it flowed out strongly In their hearts and in their minds None excelled them in code of conduct In sacrifice or bravery Songs of praise and deeds of love Education and charity O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line But in the year of 1814 They set sail for America At New Orleans faced blood and slaughter Stood unmoving like a wall But as they gave their lives for Empire In Strathnaver their homes were burned Their dear ones driven from their crofts like cattle Oaths betrayed, the loyal spurned O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line At Balaklava, in the Crimea Facing odds of ten to one Against the charging Russian cavalry They formed a line and stood their ground O the thin red streak and a line of steel, No retreat from here, you’ll die where you stand Aye, if needs be, Sir Colin, we’ll die where we stand O the thin red streak and a line of steel O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line, O the thin red line (c) Alex J MacDonald

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Alex MacDonald Edinburgh, UK

Grew up in Kildonan Strath, Sutherland, where I loved the psalms and hymns and the old folk songs my father had learned from his drover grand uncle.Went on to Cash, the Clancys and Corries, Tom Paxton and Dylan. Started playing guitar and writing songs in my teens, but only started recording this century with my rock band sons! Either solo or with my band, I've played all over Scotland. ... more

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