Bless The Wind

by Ivan Drever

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Battered weary, tired and torn All the king's soldiers, the flowers and thorns Hardened by battle and throw away dreams Once bitten twice shy, like a king or a queen Only the lonely sing their songs Covered in glory, now all on their own All the king's horses and all the queen's men All the young dudes couldn't quite fathom when All of the flowers were planted in spring So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king All kinds of heroes that ride in the rain All kinds of hard men, feeling no pain Kind hearted strangers are handing out love Poppies on green fields strewn from above Warmongering mongrels barking at war Package and posted, straight to your door Hand written poems maybe ready to sing So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king Lead filled balloons that fall straight to the floor Congressional leaders can't chase any more Cupboards with cocktails that burst at the seams More rude awakenings in the middle of dreams Half hearted reasons for not showing up Drowning his sorrows from a big yellow cup Clutching at moonbeams and what they might bring So wrote the wordsmith, who would be king
You say what you mean When you've lived the dream And all of these memories are not what they seem You move like the wind I hear when you sing I'm thankful for all of the love that you bring But you're crazy some days In so many fine ways I just want you to know that it's real And the strangest of days Can be warm in the ways I'm calling to tell you I feel, your heart You're up and you're down I know you'll come round And all of these traits that are yours that I've found and you move everyone like the warmth of the sun like a mountain in spring you will not come undone We drifted apart right from the start And all of these dreams that come straight from the heart It never seemed real The way it would feel And all of these memories that time would not heal
If I Could 03:48
If I could look through my father's eyes If I could see where he has been And if I could take me away from here And see all the things he has seen If I could walk in his shoes All of these legends he'd never tell Through all of these times we could choose If I could value your friendship here If I could plough through the rain All of these clouds would then disappear If I could see you again Ask me and I'd be there for you Sure as the night turns to day If I could wander this path with you Through all of its different ways If I could tell you a different tale If I could look in your eyes All of these memories we can hold Through all of the truth and the lies If you could drop me a line to say Everything's going so fine All of these hard times so far away Hiding behind these good times If I could saddle my horse again If I could ride through the storm Weather the hardship I saw in your eyes Steer you away from the frown If I could harness the rays of the sun Warm up the chill in your day If I could help you through stormy seas In all of these turbulent ways
First of a couple of tracks with a country feel. My mother and her brothers were all huge Jim Reeves fans, so I've been immersed in the music from an early age. I had dreams, ideas above my station I had words, I though that we could share I had time when they said that I was wasted But these dreams, these dreams they're bound to to bring me down We had nights I thought would never end, dear You had a charm, I could only dream about I had sores, blisters on my feet then But these plans, these plans they're bound to to bring me down But like a knife plunged straight into my heart Like a poor man asked to wear a crown Like a blue note played upon a sad song These dreams, these dreams they're bound to to bring me down Like a hope, I'd cling to you forever Like a smile that only seemed to frown But long the day, seemed only full of yearning And these dreams, these dreams they're bound to to bring me down
Oh little tired child, where has your mama gone? I can see it in your eyes you need to sleep For the light is getting dim And there is no one else around And there are only silences to keep Ah but just a little while you rest your weary eyes And we'll take each morning as it comes And if you fall asleep then we can wait for morning time We can wait together for the sun He is just a sleepy boy who's waiting for a brighter day All his wishes waiting while he lies And when his dreams come true Then you will see him smiling through But Leon needs to close his weary eyes The light is fading fast and there is no one else around There ain't no point in fighting it at all For little guys they have to close their peeps as well you know For little guys are one day walking tall I'll wait a little longer til you close your weary eyes We'll wait together til your papa comes And you and grandpa Scotland We can wait here in the warmth You can close your eyes when the day is done
A hundred ships are sailing from a hundred different ports A thousand dreams were scattered From a thousand broken hearts From the mountain in the North land To the pebbles in the sand So many of them travelling to a new and distant land A hundred waters charted by a hundred of the wise A thousand tears flow freely From a thousand Highland eyes From the cottage on the shoreline To the croft upon the hill When weary limbs were aching, I feel I see them still And all you take away then you can give it back tomorrow And all you feel will harbour ships for them And all the days they thought about a new life without sorrow And a hundred ships are waiting for you still A hundred cold decisions by a hundred men did write A thousand hungry mouths were left With a thousand hungry nights So travel from the Highlands, no place here for your kind You must all away now and sail the ocean wide A hundred hearts were beating In a thousand different ways A thousand weary people went a thousand separate ways Like leaves in the wind they'll scatter To many different lands Like snowdrops gently falling Through a hundred gentle hands
Tomorrow does not change Circumstances stay the same Will I lie a little longer, will I carry on this game? I'm only forty nine, is this all, is this my time? Is there no hope for us, for anyone When they're on the dotted line? All we wanted was to work All we wanted was to share All we wanted was a chance but they never really cared All we wanted was a goal All we asked for was a job All we're given is the dole Then told that that's your lot Well they say that we're too old And they say that we don't try There's not enough to go round And that we must be work shy Heaven knows oh we have tried Do they think this is a game? As they lay us on the scrap heap And all the excuses sound the same So there's no more work for me What about my youngest son? What lies a head for him? When the day of the working man is done What right have they to say? What chances have we got? There are no jobs today I'm sorry that's your lot
Say It's OK 04:37
He wakes in the morning And looks through his tired eyes Runs through his pockets To see what is left of his life No need to see what goes on in the world He's plenty of thoughts of his own to unfurl Wouldn't it be nice to have peace In your life like Brian said Wouldn't it be nice to look back And see the good times instead he remembers the anger quite clearly As he stretches down And mama did nothing but she knew what was going on He just needed someone to say it's OK He needed acceptance when he felt that way He lashes out heavy at those who would show him concern He hits out in anger at friends who he thinks do him harm Dazed and confused, he'll retreat in his shell He doesn't come out 'cos he says he's not well He's not welcome down at the beach any more with his band The beautiful things that he's written they don't understand He wouldn't conform to their laws and regimes For his place was higher than all of their dreams
There's a town far away where we met one day Where her beauty enthralled me completely It was love at first sight as we strolled through the night Then I gave my heart to her completely Oh we sang and we danced, there she left me entranced And I thought that we never would part But it was never to be for her eyes could not see That another had captured her heart With a tear in my eye, oh she bade me goodbye Oh my love will stay with you forever And when the day dawns my love she'll be gone For her hand it is pledged to another She once told me she cared for the love that we shared And she swore that she'd ne'er let me down But my heart it is broken, like promises lie in pieces all scattered around I'd have loved her forever, if we'd been together I'd have given her all that I can She's have been my dear sweetheart that I'd call my own But she's pledged to another her hand
If you took your love away Would I find you, find you on another day? And, if you ran a mile from me Would you listen, listen to what I say? And, if the sun fell down Would you smile, would you smile or would you frown? Would you go or would you stay? Would you still, would you still come back this way? If I walked a thousand miles Would I find you, would I find you waiting? And if I stopped and looked for you Would you hear then, hear just what I'm saying? If you cared the way I do Could we share a dream and see it through? If the night was cold and grey Would you help me find another way? And if I asked you one more time And I hoped, I hoped the sun would shine Only time would answer then Is this love, or am I blind?
Bless the wind that took you here Bless the wind that draws you near Nature takes its time Hark the herald angels sing Stark the climate's chilly wind Mark the Autumn's falling leaves And the child that's born to run Bless the Island's fertile land Soft and gentle in the hands Of those who seek to tend the soil And watch the children run Bless the sea that carries those Who saw the sun shine as it rose Shining down and giving grave To the child that's born to run Bless the artist's loving hand Who shows how much he understands nature works the way she will 'Cause nature takes her time Bless the birth of mother's wing Bless the gold upon the ring That sits upon the hand of love To the child that's born to run Bless the gifts that shower us All the gentleness and the trust That manifests its way unto The sweet days of our lives Bless the wind that took you here Bless the wind that draws you near And all of those who have no fear For the child that's born to run And you bless the wind When you hear her sing And you bless, you bless the wind
Send me your letters and I'll send you mine My heart is weary, my heart will pine And when you get lonely, drop me a line Give me your sweetheart and I'll give you mine Send my regards to the loved ones I know Send them good wishes from me 'ere I go Tell them I'm thinking about them 'oft times Give me your sweetheart and I'll give you mine For the days can be lonesome and the nights can be long All of these roads we have travelled have gone Tow hearts together beating in time Give me your sweetheart and I'll give you mine You looked so fine with your tresses so fair I gazed at you with the wind in your hair I knew I was smitten and had been for some time Give me your sweetheart and I'll give you mine It's hard when your world lies in tatters my friend It's hard not to cry when it seems it will end But don't get downhearted for I know it'll be fine Give me your sweetheart and I'll give you mine


One of the great pleasures of this job is the chance to get to know, and work with different people. The album was recorded at Les MacPherson's Near Field studio, in Evanton, North of Inverness in March 2011. Les is one of these people I'd never met before, and we had a great time making the album. Paul Eastham, who kindly did all the keyboard parts for me is another. A great musician and, despite living at opposite ends of the country, thanks to modern technology, managed to get everything done quickly and easily. Andy Murray, my old sparring partner from Wolfstone played some great guitar and bass parts, Les did percussion, and my wife Linda added some vocals and voice overs.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the people above, to Les and his wife Margaret for their great hospitality, to my sister Isabel for not questioning our frequent visits and long stays. A huge thank you also to John Boocock and his wife Julia for all their help and kindness, without which the album may never have seen the light of day.

We hope you enjoy it, Bless The Wind!



released September 1, 2011

All songs written by Ivan Drever © 2011 MCPS
Orcadian Records ORCCD004
Album recorded, mixed and mastered by Les MacPherson at Near Field Studio Evanton Ross-shire.
Design by John Boocock.
Photographs by John Boocock and Linda Drever
Ivan's web page is at
Les's web page is at


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Ivan Drever Inverness, UK

Ivan Drever hails from Orkney in Scotland, he has recorded a host of albums both solo and with other performers. Having worked with the Knowe O’ Deil and as a solo artist, Ivan joined Wolfstone in 1990, their work saw them perform worldwide. Ivan’s songs and tunes have been recorded by an impressive list of artists. ... more

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