Tìm

Composed by: Margaret MacNeil
 
Researched & performed by: John James Galbraith
 
This song was written by Margaret MacNeil from Eoligarry at the far north end of Barra. Margaret was a primary teacher for many years in various schools on Barra and in this song she speaks of the changes to the way that Gaelic is used through the generations.
 


 

Where is the hearth which was hospitable and warm,
Where are my father and mother?
Where are the footprints I followed on the beach,
Where is the home I left?

Chorus:
Time will not wait for anyone in the world,
It’s foolish to yearn for the past.
The wheel of fortune will turn in any case,
And everything will vanish like the dew.

On the site of the ruins, houses have appeared,
People I don’t know are staying there.
I don’t see a peat-stack now at any entrance,
Electricity gives us light and heat.

Chorus

I don’t see any young wives milking the cow,
Nor spinning or carding.
The children who are playing where I would as a youngster,
I only hear one word of Gaelic from them.

Chorus

Lowland ways have come to the place,
It’s good that there has been progress.
Opportunities and education of a decent quality,
But it’s a shame that they forsook their language.

Time will not wait for anyone in the world,
It’s foolish to yearn for the past.
The wheel of fortune will turn in any case,
And everything will vanish like the dew;
And everything will vanish like the dew.

Funders