A Hundred Ships

from Bless The Wind by Ivan Drever

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A song written many years ago when I lived in Easter Ross, where I heard many stories of people being thrown off their land to make way for sheep. Maybe one day that statue will come down!


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


from Bless The Wind, released September 1, 2011


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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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