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The Wild Geese

by Iona Fyfe

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The Wild Geese is a poem written by Violet Jacob in 1915 and put to melody by Jim Reid.
All proceeds of this single goes towards recording my new album.


"Oh tell me fit wis on yer road, ye roarin Norland wind?
As ye cam blawin fae the land that's niver fae ma mind.
Ma feet they traivel England but I'm deein for the North."
"Ma man, I saw the siller tides rin up the Firth o Forth."

"Aye wind, I ken them weel eneuch an fine they fa and rise,
And fain I'd feel the creepin mist on yonder shore that lies.
But tell me as ye pass them by, fit saa ye on the way?"
"Ma man, I rocked the rovin gulls that sail abeen the Tay."

"Bit saa ye naethin leein wind afore ye cam tae Fife?
For there's muckle lyin 'yont the Tay that's mair tae me nor life."
"Ma man, I swept the Angus braes ye hinna trod for years."
"Oh wind, forgie a hameless loon that canna see for tears."

"And far abune the Angus straths I saa the wild geese flee,
A lang, lang skein o beatin wings wi their heids toward the sea,
And aye their cryin voices trailed ahint them on the air."
"Oh wind, hae mercy, haud yer wheesht for I daurna listen mair."


released March 5, 2021
Words by Violet Jacob
Melody by Jim Reid

Iona Fyfe: Vocals, Piano
Jack McRobbie: Guitar
Charlie Stewart: Double Bass
Graham Rorie: Fiddle, Electric Tenor Guitar

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Graham Rorie at Rumley Sounds
Mastered by Chris Waite
Artwork by Seth Tinsley Illustration


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Iona Fyfe Scotland, UK

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. The first ever singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2021, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de)

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