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The Island Song (Ryan's Fancy) videos
#529: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Over an ocean and over a sea,
Beyond these great waters, oh, what do I see?
I see the great mountains rise from the coastline,
The hills of Cape Breton this new home of mine.
Oh, and we come from the countries all over the world,
To hack at the forest, to plough the land down;
Fishermen, farmers and sailors all come,
To clear for the future this pioneer ground.

We are an island, a rock in the stream,
We are a people as proud as there's been;
In soft summer breeze or in wild winter wind,
The home of our hearts, Cape Breton.

Over the rooftops and over the trees,
Within these new townships, oh, what do I see?
I see the black pitheads the coal wheels are turning,
The smokestacks are belching and the blast furnace burning.
And the sweat on the back is no joy to behold,
In the heat of the steel plant or mining the coal;
And the foreign-owned companies force us to fight,
For our survival and for our rights.

We are an island, a rock in the stream,
We are a people as proud as there's been;
In soft summer breeze or in wild winter wind,
The home of our hearts, Cape Breton.

Over the highway and over the road,
Over the Causeway stories are told;
They tell of the coming and the going away,
How the cities of America draw me away.
Oh, and the companies come and the companies go,
And the way of the world we may never know;
We'll follow the footsteps of those on their way,
And still ask for the right to leave or to stay.

We are an island, a rock in the stream,
We are a people as proud as there's been;
In soft summer breeze or in wild winter wind,
The home of our hearts, Cape Breton.

We are an island, a rock in the stream,
We are a people as proud as there's been;
In soft summer breeze or in wild winter wind,
The home of our hearts, Cape Breton.

####.... Kenzie MacNeil, 1977 ....####
Kenzie MacNeil is a professional writer, performer, producer and director in television, radio, film and stage. His song has become informally known as the anthem of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

This variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dance Around This One, Trk#B3, ©1981, Boot Records).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

#1615: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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