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Traveller's Moon

  • (Brian McNeill)

    I would sing amber, I would sing gold
    I would sing of my true love to have and to hold
    And if there's a wee bird to show me the tune
    I would sing the road homewards
    By the light of the traveller's moon

    We sat by the window and waited awhile
    For the moon of the travellers to rise
    And though the shadow of parting lay over her smile
    The love light shone deep in her eyes
    She knew the heart of the traveller is torn
    Whenever the time comes to part
    For the road is the rose, and the road is the thorn
    That springs from the traveller's heart

    Now the road never questions and the road never lies
    The road's neither woman nor wife
    But the road knows the light in the traveller's eyes
    That means he's a lover for life
    She's a ribbon of grey through the gold of the cornfields
    A ribbon of brown through the trees
    By the light of the moon she's a ribbon of silver
    That binds my true love to me

    So if you should chance to be taking the air
    When a travelling man passes by
    You can see that he's bound for God only knows where
    By the far distant look in his eye
    Walk out beside him a mile of the way
    Help him to carry his load
    For he'll ne'er be at ease till the end of the day
    When the moon rises over the road

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1995:] The nicest dream you can possibly have when you travel for a living is the dream of going home. (Brian McNeill, intro Eckernförde)

  • [1995:] Travelling was the theme of one of Iain and Brian's first collaborations, the Edinburgh Festival show 'One More Road To Go Down'. Traveller's Moon, a song which explores the bitter-sweet relationship most musicians have with the road, was the opening number. (Notes Iain MacKintosh & Brian McNeill, 'Stage By Stage')

  • [2000:] Stephen Foster's fine tune [Beautiful Dreamer] provides exactly the right setting for Brian's road song - what sweeter dream can there be for the professional traveller than that of coming home? On stage, Brian and Iain dedicate this - particularly the third verse - to the memory of a generation of friends who have now left us for the Big Lock-In In The Sky. Hamish, Alex, Danny, and Derrol; it's your round, boys ... (Notes Iain MacKintosh & Brian McNeill, 'Live and Kicking')

  • [2000:] [Beautiful Dreamer was] Foster's last song, published posthumously. (American Experience - Stephen Foster,

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