Waves on the Shore (lyrics)

WAVES UPON THE SHORE (the Gaelic Invasions)
(C) Emily Holbert Kellam

Green, green grow the field where purple blooms the heather
And blue, blue is the rolling sea that encircles our lands forever

Fair Eriu and Alba are ever besieged
By wave over wave of invaders.
The Fomorians first by the Danaan defeated
Then Mil’s sons, the first human raiders.
They’ll not be pushed underground:
They are as waves upon our shores
Each one reaching, touching, passing,
Returning to the sea once more…

Gaul’s hill-forts now fly Roman standards:
Recruited, Her sons fight their kin.
Though our names they shall change and a wall they shall build
Beyond that, they never shall win:
The Empire’s troops must march on,
They are as waves upon our shores
Each one reaching, touching, passing,
Returning to the sea once more…

Invited, the kinsman of Hengeist have come;
The White Horse runs swift at their prow.
Generations shall pay the hired army’s price
And they call us the ‘foreigners’ now
They too shall have prices to pay:
They are as waves upon our shores
Each one reaching, touching, passing,
Returning to the sea once more…

The North Sea betrays the Northern shore’s trust
As she bears the dragon-ships forth.
Norsemen a-Viking for women and land
Which they claim as their own from henceforth
But a heart can’t be stolen by force
They are as waves upon our shores
Each one reaching, touching, passing,
Returning to the sea once more…

Though the tides of invasion still crash on our shores
The souls of our first ones still live
Memories are passed from parent to child
What more have we left to give?
They are as seeds in the ground
We are as waves upon our shores
Each one reaching, touching, passing,
Returning to the sea once more…

And still green, green grow the field where purple blooms the heather
And blue, blue is the rolling sea that encircles our lands forever

Always green, green grow the field where purple blooms the heather
Always blue, blue is the rolling sea…

Recordings:
Waves on the Shore, Emily Holbert Kellam (2009)