Driftwood is burning blue, wild walk the wall shadows
Night winds go riding by, riding by the lochie meadows
On to the ring of day, flows Mira stream singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the dark away
Close by Beinn Bhreagh‘s stream, wander the lost lambies
Here, there and everywhere, everywhere their troubled mammies
Find them and bring them home, sing them to sleep singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the night away
Daddy is on the bay, he’ll keep a pot brewin’
Save us from tumbling down, tumbling down to rack and ruin
Pray Mary send him home, safe from the foam singing:
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the stars away
Caidil gu la laddie, la laddie. Sleep the stars away.
-Cape Breton Lullaby, lyrics by Kenneth Leslie
Recently, Char & I had tripped northward for some college visits. She is very interested in Celtic Studies and there are some comprehensive programs in Nova Scotia universities. This post is simply to share the scenery. We saw a minimum of 6 rainbows along the way and I’d wished there’d been a way to capture the surreal event of driving through a glimmering rainbow! The road, the car, the dashboard, the AIR was shimmering and glittering and it was akin to spirit walking.
The wipers were off and on, off and on for the entirety of our trip and it made me feel we were on the “Island of Hegg” out of “The Decoy Bride”, a favorite British romantic comedy of mine.
There is a song that my girls and I love, “Cape Breton Lullaby”, and so, of course, on our Nova Scotia bucket list was to find “Mira Stream” to sing – which we did.