1. Caledonia

From the recording tides & embers

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Caledonia is Gaelic for Scotland.
Dougie wrote this when he was on tour and homesick for his homeland.
That's why we love it!

Neil Anderson on Bass
Diane Goyins on Keyboard


Caledonia Music and Lyrics by Dougie MacLean 1977

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 come from
And that's the reason why I seem so far away today

Oh and let me tell you that I love you and I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me 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

Well I have moved and I've kept on moving, proved the points that I needed proving
I lost the friends I needed losing, found others on the way
I have tried and I've kept on trying, stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have traveled hard with conscience flying somewhere in the wind


Now I'm sitting here before the fire, the empty room the forest choir
The flames that couldn't get any higher they've withered now they're 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