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Artist/Band: Runrig
Lyrics for Song: Òran Ailein / Leaving Strathconon
Lyrics for Album: The Stamping Ground [2001]



ÒRAN AILEIN



Teine oidhche geamhradh

Nar sheasamh air an làr

Sheinn sinn òran Ailein

Sèist is rann

'S an trèana ruith cho taibhseil

Mar chuimhne tron a' ghleann

'S iomadh loit nach tig slàn



LEAVING STRATHCONON



We're the emigrant ones,

Not the last in the line

You're your father's son,

And I am mine

And all of our northwords

Turn distant and small

In the end they mean nothing,

No, nothing at all.



Right here's the river's source,

And it flows out to the world

And the heart of Caledonia

Is drowning in the flood

Was there hunger in our striving?

Did the light shine in our dark?

Was everything we ever needed

Always right here from the start?



Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your mountains behind

Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your father's home behind.



We stood on a hundred gangways,

That's the way it's always been.

I walked out beyond Calvary

With all my kith and kin

In the war of the world

We conquer and roam

Lie the wounds that stay bleeding

And raw in the soul.



Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your mountains behind

Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your father's home behind.



After the raging flame,

The embers burn slow

We're leaving, leaving, leaving,

Till there's nowhere left to go

The seas, the slums, the battlefields,

The shipyards, the tides,

The straths, the glens, the drove roads,

All the prairies and the mines.



It's a still, autumn morning,

And it covers Loch Meig

And all the trees across the valley

In a blaze of dying green

I've seen too many tail-lights,

Didn't need to say goodbye

We're just souls across a shrinking world

In a distant starlit night.



Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your mountains behind

Please believe me

Something in me died

Leaving Strathconon

And your father's home behind.


Album Lyrics: The Stamping Ground [2001]


Runrig
"The Stamping Ground [2001]"


1. An Sabhal Aig Nèill
2. Big Songs Of Hope And Cheer
3. Òran
4. Òran Ailein / Leaving Strathconon
5. The Ship
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