7. Caledonia

When Gilles Rullmann, a musician we often play with, studied in Dublin for a while, this song had just been released by Dougie. Very quickly it became a session staple, and it is now well known all over the world. Dougie still plays it very convincingly (Sophie opened for him once at the Scottish festival in Alden Biesen, with her former band Tinderbox!), which clearly shows what a good song it is, if the writer himself still likes to play it!


I don’t know if you can see
changes that have come over me
These past few days I’ve been afraid
that I might slip away

I’ve been telling stories, singing songs
Makes me think about where I come from
That’s the reason that I feel so far away today

Let me tell you that I love you
think about you all the time
Caledonia’s calling, I’m going home
If I should become a stranger
that would make me more than sad
Caledonia’s everything I ever had

I have moved, I kept on moving
proved the point I needed proving
lost the friends I needed losing, found others on the way
Kissed the ladies, left them crying
stole their dreams, there’s no denying
travelled hard, my conscience flying somewhere in the wind

I’m sitting here before the fire
The empty rooms, a forest choir
Flames that could not get any higher
have withered now they’ve gone
Now I’m standing, thinking that my way is clear
I know what I shall do tomorrow
Hands are shaking, kisses flow, I will dissapear

***We do not own the copyright to these lyrics, written by Dougie MacLean. If the rightful owners tell us to do so, we will take them down immediately.***