Notes From An Island

from Notes From An Island by Ivan Drever

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Self-explanatory really.


Songs handed down from my uncle's guitar
on an island called Sanday near the Kettletoft bar,
to the old Holms of Ire and my grandfather's hand
and the love of my life, by the white shifting sand.

And the old man was singing by the shoreline on Hoy
all the songs he recalled, from when he was a boy,
and the brave souls remembered from a long time ago
and a little boy dreaming of horses in the snow.

I'll send you notes from an island, fruits from the sea
lessons in longing from where I used to be,
I'll send you sounds from an ocean, gifts from the land
words from an old country that you can understand.
And time has forgotten all the old Stronsay songs

the darlings of Egilsay all now long gone,
the lights now from Start Point, no longer to see
take me to Tresness, where I'd like to be,
and the jewel that is Westray where my father came from
people say, who are you, I say I am my father's son,
and the ghost of the Norseman, claiming his land
with the oar of his longship dragging in the sand.

Hear the strains of the air that's the old Rowan tree
in my grandmother's time, she would sing it to me,
and the road home to Burness with the light fading fast
and the glint of the moon, that would sing of the past.


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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