#02256
Looking Back (Ryan's Fancy) videos
#97: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

I can't be happy alone anymore,
I've gotten used to your comforting words;
I bite my nails till my fingers are sore,
See what you've done with
your tongue-cursing words.
No man's an island, the sages all say,
Who would have guessed I'd have doubted so long;
Now that I'm bound and I like it this way,
I must confess that I've always been wrong.

There was a time when I thought
I had all that I needed,
My choices receded in shame;
There was a time when I fought,
for my pride felt misleaded,
But looking back I was to blame.
Now I've got a feeling so deep in my soul,
Just like the falcon that reels on the wing;
It's ripping and wringing - it won't let me go,
That's why I've written this song that I sing.

There was a time when I thought
I had all that I needed,
My choices receded in shame;
There was a time when I fought,
for my pride felt misleaded,
But looking back I was to blame.
Now I've got a feeling so deep in my soul,
Just like the falcon that reels on the wing;
It's ripping and wringing - it won't let me go,
That's why I've written this song that I sing.

####.... Allister MacGillivray ....####
This variant recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Looking Back, 1972, Audat).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded by The Barra MacNeils (Barra Music Co, 1990).

The video below features a live performance of a variant performed by Shanneyganock at the St John's Arts & Culture Center, February 20, 2011.


See more songs by Shanneyganock.

#2218: YouTube video by shanneyganock
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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