An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Friday, May 14, 2010

"Caledonia"


This song represents that deeply felt longing for homeland; where is Caledonia? Caledonia is a romantic or poetic name for Scotland, the land of "light" ...


To me "Caledonia", the Land of Light is my hearts longing ... the video captures images of beautiful landscaping sculpted by Him who is the Way and the Light and reminds me of what it is that God has given us ... a gift - our home. 


I do not know my eternal homeland and I do not even know this homeland but I know I long for it and its authentic beauty and warmth. I long for the Creator who gives us gifts that our humanity destroys.


***
I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I came from
And that's the reason why I seem
So far away today.


Oh, but let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me
And now I'm going home
If I should become a stranger
You know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything
I've ever had.

Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing
Found others on the way
I have kissed the ladies and left them crying
Stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have traveled hard with coattails flying
Somewhere in the wind.

(Chorus)

Now I'm sitting here before the fire
The empty room, the forest choir
The flames that could not get any higher
They've withered now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking my way is clear
And I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands are shaken and the kisses flow
Then I will disappear.

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