牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Tune: Traditional Barra
This is listed in M. Kennedy-Fraser's book Songs of the Hebrides Vol. I as "a coastwise song; words by Agnes Mure Mackenzie, Stornaway, Lewis."?The air is from the island of Barra.?Kennedy-Fraser arranged it for piano; I hear it more sparsely, with less rhythm.?Here are Mackenzie's words:
Gordon ?12-string guitar
牋牋牋牋牋?Where are the ships that have sailed the seas
牋牋牋牋牋?Out to the setting of suns long past?
牋牋牋牋牋?Broken and gone, for the tumbling seas
牋牋牋牋牋?Have covered them over from first to last.
牋牋牋牋牋?Noroway snekr out of the north
牋牋牋牋牋?Galleys of Venice, tall ships of Spain
牋牋牋牋牋?With strong men singing have all set forth
牋牋牋牋牋?And the sea lies bare to the drifting rain.
牋牋牋牋牋?Chall eilibh hor eile