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A song about various people I remembered growing up with, when I was little, on the Island of Sanday


I remember Johnno Goar, from the far side of the island
and Isa told me so much more than she would ever know,
I remember Bobo Grieve, driving through the snow
horizontal rain I know would take us to HQ,
but I'm dammed, if I can remember you.

I remember Billy Ward in a haunted house at Scar
and all the tangles gathered for collection from the pier,
I remember Billy's father, on his tractor in the field
sky rats by the thousand, swooping as they do,
but I'm damned, if I can remember you.

I remember Billy Drever, in the class with me at school
home to work the land where he was happiest, I know,
and as far as I can tell, he toils there to this day
underneath a sky that's sometimes blue.

I remember Tommy Garrioch, and his mother by the stove
fixing my transistor that got broke the day before,
I recall a conversation by the harbourmaster's store
with a man who knew about the sea and all that it could do,
but I'm damned, if I can remember you.

I remember cousin Stewart, who's whole life was the sea
running with his brothers just before the day was through,
roughshod over pebbles, before the tide came in
glistening with a thousand shades of blue.

I remember Sergeant Peace, in his uniform so fine
telling me to get my house in order, so to speak,
if my memory serves me well, as far as I can tell
there wasn't anything I couldn't do,
but I'm damned, if I can remember you.

And oh, won't you take me home,
And oh, won't you take me home.


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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