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The Isles of Hirta, song / Derek Williamson, singing in English

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Our Islands were so wild and free
We took our living from the sea
Our women sang as they wove the tweed
Upon the Isles of Hirta.

Chorus

Oh cruel man you've wreaked such strife
You killed my brother and his wife
You've ta’en away my way of life
Upon the Isles of Hirta.

The wind that washed upon the rocks
We hunted fulmar in their flocks
The wind that made our houses rock
Upon the Isles of Hirta.

We worked in common at the chores
On puffin cliffs and [...] tors
Of farming ways we could name but four
Upon the Isles of Hirta.

Chorus

We spoke the English and the Gaelic tongue
Our sense of unity was strong
Until one day the two boats come
To view the Isles of Hirta.

They landed in our island’s lea
Brought influenza and TB
And no resistance strength had we
Upon the Isles of Hirta.

Chorus

And so in city crime I fear
nought but grief and poverty
I wish to God that I was there
Back on the Isles of Hirta.

Chorus

The Isles of Hirta, song / Derek Williamson, singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:443-ITMA-DVCAM
Main Performer: Derek Williamson
Title:The Isles of Hirta [videorecording] / Derek Williamson, singing in English
Section:Videos
Language:English
Format:Video
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Recording Location:Ballyliffin Hotel, Inishowen, Co Donegal
Recording Date:20 March 2010
Physical Description:1 computer file (MPEG-4, 5 min. 30 sec.) :digital, stereo
URL:http://www.inishowensinging.ie
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle

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