Thursday, November 21, 2013

Celtic Thunder: Caledonia

This is a great song sung by Celtic Thunder and is all about missing home. Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Roman Empire to a northern area of the island of Great Britain. The modern use of 'Caledonia' in English is as a poetic name for Scotland. If you are Scottish or not, I am sure you will enjoy this song! Here are the Dougie MacLean lyrics:

I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away
I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I've come from
That's the reason why I seem
So far away today


Let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
Caledonia, you're calling me, now I'm going home
But if I should become a stranger
Know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything I've ever had

Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing
Found others on the way
I have kissed the fellas and left them crying
Stolen dreams, yes, there's no denying
I have traveled hard, sometimes with conscience flying
Somewhere with the wind


Now I'm sitting here before the fire
The empty room, the forest choir
The flames have cooled, don't get any higher
They've withered, now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking, my way is clear
And I know what I will do tomorrow
When hands have shaken, the kisses float
Then I will disappear


Mark said...

Did you catch the opening song, Heartland?

The chorus in Gaelic is:

A Lhiarana Dean trocaire.
A Chriost Dean Trocaire.
A Thiarana Dean trocaire.
A Chriost Dean Trocaire.

Which translates into modern Irish as:

Lord Have Mercy.
Christ Have Mercy.
Lord Have Mercy.
Christ Have Mercy.

Did you know that?

Find out more about the group (composed of both Protestants and Catholics from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (and one from Scotland as a nod to the UK Celts) at my site:

Padre Steve said...

Thanks for that info Mark! I will check that out!

Mark said...

Padre Steve, while you are at it, check out their version of an anti-war song based upon a true incident from World War I, titled "Christmas 1915". The lyrics and YouTube links are near the bottom of the DVD section of the page. The song is a tear-jerker, especially one line that is self-evident.