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ISLANDER Single

Release Date: 27 | 05 | 22

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ABOUT  ISLANDER

Penned and first performed on the streets of Europe, ‘Islander’ is the debut track from the upcoming record of Belfast-native Dave McKendry. In this love letter to his home island of Ireland, laced with threads of lilting Irish Airs, McKendry wrestles with nostalgia and dreams of the Irish coast while travelling alone across the continent,asking and answering, “If you love me then why did you leave? It’s ‘cause I’ve got more to see, but I’ll always be an Islander.” As one more Irishman finds home on foreign soil, ‘Islander’ might just be the voice of the many who’ve found themselves far from their native hills, longing for all they’ve left behind.

Producer: Oliver Hegarty

Director: Dave McKendry

ISLANDER LYRICS

As the years draw

Lines over my face

Wherever they draw their lines

You'll still be the same place

 

I've heard you called

Many and more names

But your name is on the wind

The leaves and the wood grain

It's home, home, home

Mile after mile I'll push these feet

Still I can feel it pulling me

If Éireann is calling I would come running

I would come running

Sometimes I hear her when she speaks

She says, “If you love me then why did you leave?”

It's ‘cause I've got more to see

But I'll always be an Islander

Now I go to the coast

‘cause that's where I'm home the most

As crazy as it may seem

The edge always centred me

 

But whether it's wave on rock

Still water at Glendalough

Slieve League ripping through the sky

The Gaps or the Glens I see when I close my eyes

I'm home, home, home

 

Mile after mile I'll push these feet

Still I can feel it pulling me

If Éireann is calling I would come running

I would come running

Sometimes I hear her when she speaks

She says, “If you love me then why did you leave?”

It's ‘cause I've got more to see

But I'll always be an Islander

I'll always be an Islander

Yea I’ve got more to see

But I'll always be an Islander

Lyrics: Dave McKendry, Shane Ó Fearghail

Music: Dave McKendry, Martin Kromar, Florian Cojocaru