I Suppose We Could Talk About Kirkwall

from Notes From An Island by Ivan Drever

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I Just liked the title, to be honest.


I suppose we could talk about Kirkwall;
I suppose we could meet one more time,
I could tell you a hundred old stories,
I could sing you a song that would rhyme
I had hoped that you’d be better looking,
I can tell by your smile that you're real,
in a bar on the front called the Ola,
when we sang of the old spinning wheel.

So, don't talk to me now about lonesome,
cause my heroes were all countrified,
I suppose we could talk about Kirkwall,
cause that's where my mother resides.

I'd surmise that you've been here before love,
and I guess that you'd come back again
I'd regale you with stories from Westray,
where they breed only titans of men,
I once played with a man who was lonesome,
and whose fingers were wide as your thumb
He's still bending these notes round the mainland,
he still catches the beat of the drum.

I suppose we could travel to Birsay,
I would guess that they'd welcome us there
I'd assume that you're fond of a snifter,
it's the way that what they have, they'll share,
It's a long way from Burwick to Boston,
it's a short hop from Burray to Holm
I'll meet you in Rousay on Monday,
I'll get there as fast as I can.

I suppose we could think about Stronsay,
I'd imagine we'd go there again
and I guess that the ladies are waiting,
oh standing out there in the rain,
I once stood on the dance floor together,
wi' the boys wi' their quarties in hand
I once played with a legend from Sanday,
with the wonderful Hilda Miel band.


from Notes From An Island, released March 17, 2021


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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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