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The Peat Fire Flame

Scottish Song By Kenneth MacLeod

The Peat Fire Flame (also known as Fireside) is a Scottish folk song with English lyrics, adapted from the original Gaelic, assembled by the Celtic poet Kenneth MacLeod, the Gaelic editor of "Songs of the Hebrides", who wrote the words shown here as "a companion piece to 'Road To The Isles'.

The tune itself, The Peat Fire Flame, is an ancient reel, centuries old.

Peat Fire Flame is also an album recorded in 1977 by The Corries, a Scottish folk group.


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The Peat Fire Flame

The Peat Fire Flame By Kenneth MacLeod

Far away and o'er the moor,
Far away and o'er the moor,
Morar waits for a boat that saileth,
Far away down Lowland way,
I dream the dream I learned, lad,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
Light for love, for lilt o' grail-deeds,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
The light the hill-folk yearn for.

Far away, down Lowland way,
Far away, down Lowland way,
Grim's the toil, without tune or dream, lad,
All you need's a creel and love,
For the dream the heart can weave, lad,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
Light for love, for lilt o' grail-deeds,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
The light the hill-folk yearn for.

Far away and o'er the moor,
Far away the tramp and tread,
Tune and laughter of all the heroes,
Pulls me onward o'er the trail,
Of the dream my heart may weave, lad,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
Light for love, for lilt o' grail-deeds,
By the light o' the peat-fire flame,
The light the hill-folk yearn for.


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