Highlander

By Jimmy Rankin

I came here from Scotland three lifetimes ago
On a coffin ship named Hector
To a place called Pictou
I trusted my old landlord
Believed we were friends
But greed was his mistress
We parted ways in the end

Bought a hundred wild acres
Made my living the sea
It was rough for a while but she’s been good to me
Got an iron-ore will, claymore in my hand
One foot in the water
One foot on the land

Highlander a tough one to tame
Islander salt in my veins
Highlander right to the bone
And if you don’t like me
Leave me alone

I knew the love of a woman
She stayed by my side
While I toiled on the water
She’d wade on the tide
But I treated her unkindly
One day she was gone
There was no way around it
I had to push on
And on

I’m a highlander
I speak a highlander’s tongue
I can tell you a story
I can sing you a song
I’ll dance at your wedding
I’ll mourn when you die
Lock horns with the devil and spit in his eye

Highlander a tough one to tame
Islander salt in my veins
Highlander right to the bone
And if you don’t like me
Highlander…Highlander… Highlander
Right to the bone
And if you don’t like me
Leave me alone

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