Come by the Hills

These lyrics by Gordon Smith were paired with the great Irish air Buachaill On Eirne.  It’s a good example of a traditional tune being given new life with some carefully composed words. It also gives non-Gaeilge speakers an opportunity to sing this air! Here’s a live performance by The McCalmans.

COME BY THE HILLS

Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the lochs meet the sea
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun
Ah, the cares of to-morrow can wait ’til this day is done

Oh, come by the hills to the land where life is a song
And sing while the birds fill the air with their joy all day long
Where the trees sway in time and even the wind sings in tune
Ah, the cares of to-morrow can wait ’til this day is done

Come by the hills to the land where legend re-mains
Where stories of old fill the heart and may yet come a-gain
Where our past has been lost and the future has still to be won
Ah, the cares of to-morrow can wait ’til this day is done

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One thought on “Come by the Hills

  1. We just heard this song today at a funeral of a neighbour who loved the mountains. Such a wonderful tune and song and it will become a favourite to play.

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