The Island (single)

by Hamish Napier

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One of the greatest songs of conscience ever written. Paul Brady wrote 'The Island' 30 years ago. We all listened to the tape in the car on family holidays, it's been my favourite for years, and recently I had to record it because it's words are more valid than ever. When will Westminster learn that bombs are not the answer?

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released February 22, 2016

Piano/vocals and recording - Hamish Napier
Beach waves sounds - cars in the rain on Argyle Street, Glasgow, outside my flat.
Mix/master - Barry 'Spad' Reid

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Hamish Napier Glasgow, UK

Hamish is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Scottish Highlands, working in Glasgow's vibrant music scene.

He has worked with Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson, Phil Cunningham, Martyn Bennett, Treacherous Orchestra and Eddi Reader. He has toured internationally with award-winning folk quartet Back of the Moon, and now more recently with 'Nae Plans'.
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Track Name: The Island
http://www.paulbrady.com/disco-1/lyrics/back-to-the-centre/#08

The Island (Paul Brady)

They say the skies of Lebanon are burning
Those mighty cedars bleeding in the heat
They’re showing pictures on the television
Women and children dying in the street
And we’re still at it in our own place
Still trying to reach the future through the past
Still trying to carve tomorrow from a tombstone…

Chorus

But Hey! Don’t listen to me!
This wasn’t meant to be no sad song
We’ve heard too much of that before
Right now I only want to be here with you
Till the morning dew comes falling
I want to take you to the island
And trace your footprints in the sand
And in the evening when the sun goes down
We’ll make love to the sound of the ocean

They’re raising banners over by the markets
Whitewashing slogans on the shipyard walls
Witchdoctors praying for a mighty showdown
No way our holy flag is gonna fall
Up here we sacrifice our children
To feed the worn-out dreams of yesterday
And teach them dying will lead us into glory…

Repeat Chorus

Now I know us plain folks don’t see all the story
And I know this peace and love’s just copping out
And I guess these young boys dying in the ditches
Is just what being free is all about
And how this twisted wreckage down on main street
Will bring us all together in the end
And we’ll go marching down the road to freedom…
Freedom