Heroes of the floes

from The Hills of Arran by John Meed

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This track is about the Scottish explore Dr John Rae.


I walk along the edges of this ice-bound land
Mapping all the features on the way
With Caribou for company in ice huts cut by hand
I watched the arctic winter turn to day
My only friends the people of this place and time
Who share with me the secrets that they know
Though their colour may be different from mine
They helped me find the heroes of the floes

And the news that I could bring you, you did not want to hear
The truth can be the hardest to disguise
The heroes of the ice packs were human after all
The evidence was written in the ice
And if you had listened, then you would have heard
That I did not doubt their courage or their woes
But because I wear the native dress, because I take their word
You say I slander the heroes of the floes.

So take good care before you venture on the ice
Whether for glory or for gain
The summer sun may melt the passageways
The winter snows can close them all again
All the adulation, all the acolytes
All the icicles on which we pose
All the splendour of these northern lights
Could not save the heroes of the floes


from The Hills of Arran, released November 5, 2015
Brian Harvey: Bass
John Meed: Guitars, piano, synthesiser and vocals


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