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Myra's Lament for Lamlash Bay

from Come Adventure With Me by Marc Gunn

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I met Liam Griffin in Oban, Scotland in 2010. He sang a song he wrote that was originally from a Tommy Makem song called “The Boys from Killybegs”. I took his lyrics and modified his original melody and turned it into more of a ballad than he originally sang.


The song was written as a lament for the changing economy of scallop divers like himself. Our climate is changing. Even scallop divers are forced out of their jobs because corporations put profit over protecting our planet.


NOTES FROM LIAM
“Sgheirs”: Gaelic for reefs pronounced “skerries.”
“Clams”: generic term in Scotland for bivalve shellfish. We fish for scallops–Pecten maximus.
“Sound”: navigable stretch of water between two pieces of land in this case formed by the Tarbert shore and Isle of Arran;
“Thole”: Lalands Scots (old Scots) my work they won’t accept or tolerate.
“Dole”: Unemployment register

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There are scallops in the sea, put there for you and me
By the Lord who reigns from heaven above
And the divers catch and sell, but we won’t go to hell
We treat the sea with joy, respect and love


* There’s a wild and rolling sea bringing me back home to ye
To yer bed that’s dry and crisp and woman warm
And our lovin’ knows no harm when I hold you in my arms
When the Boys from Lerags Glen come rollin’ home


There are rocks upon the shore. there are sgheirs even more
And the trawlers they are dredging to and fro’
But the diver’s in the gully, for the seabed we don’t sully
Hand pickin’ is the way I chose to go


But today the sea is calm and the boat is full of clams
And swiftly we have cleared KilBrannan Sound
Sacks of scallops stacked up high. All our divers safe and dry
And soon for Lerags Glen, we’re homeward bound


But now a new day’s dawned and time is moving on
Conservation is a game that they all play
And my work they cannot thole and I’m told to sign the dole
No more from Lerags Glen go to the sea

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from Come Adventure With Me, released March 4, 2024
Lyrics Liam Griffin, music Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn: autoharp, vocals; Sam Gillogly: violin

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Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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