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Dougie MacLean — Ready For The Storm
Album: Craigie Dhu
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Released: 1982
Length: 3:52
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The waves crash in and the tide pulls out
It's an angry sea but there is no doubt
That the lighthouse will keep shining out
To warn the lonely sailor

The lightning strikes and the wind cuts cold
Through the sailor's bones, to the sailor's soul
Till there's nothing left that he can hold
Except the rolling ocean

And I am ready for the storm
Yes, sir, ready
I am ready for the storm
I'm ready for the storm

And oh, give me mercy for my dreams
'Cause every confrontation seems
To tell me what it really means
To be this lonely sailor

And when you take me by your side
You love me warm, you love me and
I should have realized
I had no reasons to be frightened

And I am ready for the storm
Yes, sir, ready
I am ready for the storm
I'm ready for the storm

Oh, and distance it is no real friend
And time will take its time
And you will find that in the end
It brings you me, the lonely sailor

And when the sky begins to clear
And the sun it melts away my fear
I'll cry a silent weary tear
For those that need to love me

But I am ready for the storm
Yes, sir, ready
I am ready for the storm
Yes, sir, ready
I am ready for the storm
I'm ready for the storm
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Trying to be ready for record low temps in Illinois this week (01/29-01/30/2019)...
I heard him sing this song this summer at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. It was a lovely day, and a great song.
 kvmrdj wrote:
He's from Dunkeld, Scotland, and his song "Caledonia" has long been considered Scotland's national anthem. Doesn't make it to the states too often, but headlined KVMR's 10th Annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace in Grass Valley, CA last year. Absolutely magical. www.kvmr.org
 
I saw him at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest here in Colorado a couple years back and it was magical.  As soon as he stopped playing, I made my way to the Merchandise Tent to buy a CD.  It didn't take long for his music to resonate with me.

It's storming here right now... but it's also Friday afternoon. Can we kick it up a notch?

Great song. Greater when Rich Mullins did it.
True this: rdo wrote:
I am hearing that Show of Hands song "Rocky shores of England..."
 


 Zep wrote:
Glad it's not DON MacLean...

 

Then it would be Scottish Pie, but certainly not haggis.

 
Dougie MacLean
Love this song and artist. And I agree this sounds nothing like the Decemberist's. Actually I don't see anything in common there and honestly don't see what even Bill see's in the Decemberists

I am hearing that Show of Hands song "Rocky shores of England..."
 hippiechick wrote:
The Decemberists sound like this guy.
 
Like hell they do! This guy's a long, long way away from the Decemberists, both in terms of sound and folk tradition. Dougie Maclean, if you've not already figured, is very Scottish, whereas the Decemberists are very American. I find Maclean's songs deeply moving, which is a lot more than I can say of the Nu-nu-folk proponents. 9 from the Nottingham jury.

 cvandoren wrote:

No, it doesn't get much better.  Not every song you like is godlike though (10) save the 9's and 10s for the crazy good stuff.  It is all relative when so much is good.
 
I'll rate a song however I please. I don't care how many 10's are on my list. It doesn't mean I'm not discerning - it just means if a song is so horrible I can't even listen to it, I'll give it a 1. Otherwise, I won't bother to rate it at all, and there's a vast array of what I refer to as "Meh" songs - songs that don't make me laugh, cry, think, dance, get angry, etc.... They're just there.

I totally agree with your "it doesn't get much better" comment, though. Every day, I hear things with which I'm not familiar, but that I end up loving. RP is about the most amazing place I've ever heard. {#Sunny}
Gorgeous song!  I went over to iTunes to download it and it ain't there.  I might have just missed it, though.
Good stoned - Bill??
Thank you for this great music!!
 sailorgirl wrote:
OK I'm new to this Paradise called RP, and I must say I grow tired of rating Every Ding Dang Song a 9 or a 10 and then commenting on how great the music is!

I mean COME ON...can it get any better??

{#Notworthy}
 
No, it doesn't get much better.  Not every song you like is godlike though (10) save the 9's and 10s for the crazy good stuff.  It is all relative when so much is good.
OK I'm new to this Paradise called RP, and I must say I grow tired of rating Every Ding Dang Song a 9 or a 10 and then commenting on how great the music is!

I mean COME ON...can it get any better??

{#Notworthy}
Good stuff! {#Music}
 horstman wrote:

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Um, fire bad, tree pretty. Very articulate(?) comments, anyway... And I still love this song.

 ulibcn wrote:
boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring
 
       niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Putz.

I absolutely LOVE the guitar in this song. Well, and that accent sends me, too... *sigh*  Yet another CD I'm adding to my list of music to buy...  Geez - I'ma need a year off, just to listen to it all!
Schmaltz.
boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring
Just the best. If only all the rest could be as good as this. Bravo!
 vandal wrote:

Geddy Lee's little brother?

{#Think}

 
Yep, Little Dougie Lee.

Great song.  Reminds me of another similar from Richard Shindell - Waiting for the Storm on his disc, Somewhere Near Paterson.  More energy in the delivery but same lonely and fatalistic feeling.
Yes, we are ready for a big snowstorm over Sweden now, nice tune.

Geddy Lee's little brother?

{#Think}

The Decemberists sound like this guy.
like this one! ...makes me wonder, though, why there is no Oysterband on the RP playlist {#Cry}

...will upload some soon!
{#Yes} jhorton wrote:
Good song.
 


I like!
 RadioDoc wrote:

Yes, it is full of awe.

(I think you meant awful. Funny how one letter can knock your intent on it's ass...)
 

Since we're going literal here, in the sentence above it would be "its".

Pedantry is alive and well ...
 RadioDoc wrote:

Yes, it is full of awe.

(I think you meant awful. Funny how one letter can knock your intent on it's ass...)
 

Kudos to you RadioDoc!
Good song; unexpected transition from Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man", but it works somehow. 
I can't help but to call him "Doogie."
Thank you Dougie. I need to pick up some batteries and bottled water.{#Cool}
fluffybum wrote:
aweful.

Yes, it is full of awe.

(I think you meant awful. Funny how one letter can knock your intent on it's ass...)


Good song.
aweful.
fyi:
I think this dude is ready for the storm.
Noted.
Thanks for playing this tune.
 marmelock wrote:

... they were rejected {#Sad}

 

...that's okay; dougie maclean songs are a great way to deal with rejection...  {#Wink}

Really like this a lot! Definitely a new artist for me to check out.

 marmelock wrote:

I like Dougie MacLean since my trip to Scotland a couple of years ago. IMO the best album he recorded is 'Indigenous', you should check this one out people. It's great music, simple and pure. A real pleasure!
Might upload a couple of tracks ...


 
... they were rejected {#Sad}

Awesome! Thanks, Bill.
I've seen Dougie perform live a few times and his show never gets old. He's a great storyteller on stage and really connects with his audience. :clap:
Grammarcop wrote:
This reminds me that I have to put gas in the snowblower. Six to 10 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow!
Yeah, it's gonna be a real weenie shrinker out there. Love the tune.
This reminds me that I have to put gas in the snowblower. Six to 10 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow!
Very good...first time to hear this live...Thanks.
I like Dougie MacLean since my trip to Scotland a couple of years ago. IMO the best album he recorded is 'Indigenous', you should check this one out people. It's great music, simple and pure. A real pleasure! Might upload a couple of tracks ...
I feel like a spot of Bushmills, by cracky!
SomeOldGuy wrote:
Probably my favorite song in the world...
Wow. Obscure. No matter what song comes up there is someone out there willing to say that.
Probably my favorite song in the world...
Lad, get your Celtic roots straight. A Scot from the very first note. Welly wrote:
A nice clean honest voice - and is that an Irish accent or is he from Newfoundland?
I enjoyed this! It's one of my favorite songs on a CD I have that was recorded by Heart Strings. It's one of those indy discs you pick up out of a little wooden box next to the stage after tossing in a ten dollar bill, and it has become one of the short stack that I carry in my car. Heart Strings is a group I always look forward to hearing at various living history-type events around western Pennsylvania. A bit of a digression: There's something so great about listening to great folk music expertly played on finely hand-crafted instruments in an idyllic rustic setting... a real "acoustic" experience that is harder and harder to find these days. I have to admit to grumping about music played on traditional instruments in small halls and other appropriate venues being boosted electronically for no good reason. At any rate, this song brings back some pleasant memories...
He's from Dunkeld, Scotland, and his song "Caledonia" has long been considered Scotland's national anthem. Doesn't make it to the states too often, but headlined KVMR's 10th Annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace in Grass Valley, CA last year. Absolutely magical. www.kvmr.org
As long as we are in Scotland, how about some Franz Ferdinand?
A nice clean honest voice - and is that an Irish accent or is he from Newfoundland?
skyguy wrote:
worse than haggas! :puke:
haggis
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
There's something about this that reminds me of a Jethro Tull song, off Aqualung, I think.
Or a little bit like Elton John's Sixty Years On
Pretty tune ...
worse than haggas! :puke:
This is pretty good!
Definitely folk. I knew you had it in you Bill. Now I really owe you. I've heard another version, but this one is by far the best yet.
Anybody else hungry for some Lucky Charms? :hungry:
He's choppin' broccoli. Choppin' broccoli! Choppin' broccoli!
liser wrote:
He lost me at "Dougie". Call me immature, but I have doubts about any grown man called Dougie or Scooter or Skip...
Ok, you're immature. Dougie, pronounced "Doogie", is a very common contraction of Douglas in Scotland, where yer man is from. Nice song, nice voice, and as ever it's a nice treat whenever RP plays Celtic music.
liser wrote:
He lost me at "Dougie". Call me immature, but I have doubts about any grown man called Dougie or Scooter or Skip...
doubts? we're all children - it's just a name
Ho hum.
Yes. IMMATURE. liser wrote:
He lost me at "Dougie". Call me immature, but I have doubts about any grown man called Dougie or Scooter or Skip...
Great to hear Dougie on RP. I saw him play with Silly Wizard (hmmm, need to upload to RP) in one of best concerts I've ever attended.
He lost me at "Dougie". Call me immature, but I have doubts about any grown man called Dougie or Scooter or Skip...
I recently saw him play and I had never heard of him. He is a wonderful musician who very much engages his audience to participate. He is a wonderful storyteller and lullabye singer. He is very unique and left us with a warm fuzzy feeling when we left.
Ohh this is good I have never heard anything but the Rich Mullins version of this song.
MsO wrote:
I LOOOOVE Dougie Maclean! I have a bunch of his cds and love them all. I would love to hear more of his music in the radioparadise mix....he's great! Thanks!
Yeah - what MsO said. I saw him in concert about 20 years ago. Amazing performer and songwriter.
Sounds like it could be the Decemberists, a little.
dango wrote:
Sucko. Sucko. This sounds like something David Brent would have sung when he was in "Foregone Conclusion".
whathesaid.
Shimmer wrote:
In an alternate universe, this is a track off of "Styx Unplugged".
True. :cry:
I LOOOOVE Dougie Maclean! I have a bunch of his cds and love them all. I would love to hear more of his music in the radioparadise mix....he's great! Thanks!
In an alternate universe, this is a track off of "Styx Unplugged".
Celtic... I like very much... more & more, in fact.
Personally, I prefer this version by Deanta. (The rest of the Deanta album is surpurb Celtic-style music, by the way.)
The Deanta version was the only one I knew until I heard this one recently. I LOVED that Deanta album, but it was stolen when my car was broken into. As if they would appreciate it. :arghhh: I bought the album for the Battle of Culaden which I had heard on a compilation album, and fell in love with this song, too.
mistatebird wrote:
God forgive, I just stopped laughing and wiping my eyes after reading your comment! Isn't it amazing how some people just bumble right into the perfect opportunity for a good joke?
"Bumble"? What am I, Inspector Clouseau? :wink:
matthead wrote:
Not bad, I guess. I've only heard Rich Mullins' cover before now, which I have to say I like better.
For other wanting to compare the two - Click here for the link to Rich Mullins on Amazon.com Personally, I prefer this version by Deanta. (The rest of the Deanta album is surpurb Celtic-style music, by the way.)
Indeed, that is my sentiment as well. Off-season I can get to town in 15 minutes or less. During the season I may as well walk. To make matters worse, they all stare at us as if we had horns on our heads. Talk about creepy. Steven_G wrote:
And the quote under your name, mi state bird , is very funny! In Callendar (Scotland's "Gateway to the Trossachs" ) there would be a regular tourist season and the small towns streets would be swarnming with tourists. My wife's family thought it was good for the small town (raking in the tourist money), but it was still very strange to have your small home town invaded by swarms of tourists. I am sure several townpeople had the same sentiments as your quote! (" If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? ")
And the quote under your name, mistatebird , is very funny! In Callendar (Scotland's "Gateway to the Trossachs" ) there would be a regular tourist season and the small towns streets would be swarnming with tourists. My wife's family thought it was good for the small town (raking in the tourist money), but it was still very strange to have your small home town invaded by swarms of tourists. I am sure several townpeople had the same sentiments as your quote! (" If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? ")
God forgive, I just stopped laughing and wiping my eyes after reading your comment! Isn't it amazing how some people just bumble right into the perfect opportunity for a good joke? JohnErle wrote:
Just because this artist is Scottish, that's no reason to start making sheep noises.
I'll second that one! Zep wrote:
Glad it's not DON MacLean...
Bizzarefall wrote:
Bwaaaaaaaaa
Just because this artist is Scottish, that's no reason to start making sheep noises.
Zep wrote:
Glad it's not DON MacLean...
You mean the one who performed "Ecosse Pie?"
Great Scottish-sounding instrumentation, delicate violin-playing! I like the song, as I do most of this performer's pieces, but it is almost ruined for me by having been overplayed on the stations I listen to. Also, despite the positive message, the tune is lugubrious and depresses me.
rascal420 wrote:
Isn't this the guy who was a medical doctor at age 12? Dougie Maclean, MD
Bwaaaaaaaaa
I can't tell how old this outstanding song is, but that doesn't matter anyway. Nice :chillpill: song.
:music: :meditate:
Glad it's not DON MacLean...
Isn't this the guy who was a medical doctor at age 12? Dougie Maclean, MD
This is too, too incredible! I was just thinking of uploading some Dougie MacLean today--was listening to him in the car....it's that kind of day. Thanks Bill G!
ChicoCyclist wrote:
Had to add a comment with something positive given the three below this. I like it - good some nice lyrics, nice harmony...nothing wrong with it in my book. Of course, given his voice he sounds like an adult and I don't what grown man would call himself 'Dougie'. Must be an Irish thing.
Actually, a Scots thing. But I second the rest of your comments. Great to hear DM here, Bill!
Absolutely beautiful harmonies and acoustic instrumentals. Not the most interesting song in the world, but quite well played and sung.
Had to add a comment with something positive given the three below this. I like it - good some nice lyrics, nice harmony...nothing wrong with it in my book. Of course, given his voice he sounds like an adult and I don't what grown man would call himself 'Dougie'. Must be an Irish thing.
stornoway wrote:
I am ready for the sickbag
Don't go to Ireland and say that....
Make it stop!
I am ready for the sickbag
Sucko. Sucko. This sounds like something David Brent would have sung when he was in "Foregone Conclusion".
I think I'm ready fer some nice Back-bacon , okay, eh? Whaddya say der, Dougie?
Again someone I never heared of before, and like very much. This is why I listen to RP. Keep them coming. A 7, but that may grow. < 2005-01-03: grown to 8 >
There's something about this that reminds me of a Jethro Tull song, off Aqualung, I think.
Glad to hear Dougie MacLean on Radio Paradise. HIs music captures the mood of the Scottish landscape and people in such an evocative manner. He's a great live performer and I'd recommend listening to his album Live: From the Ends of the Earth as well.
Um... I'll take the Rich Mullins version over this. Mullins was the man. RIP.
BoFiS wrote:
so this is the original I guess...wow, I've known this song forever cuz my parents had a tape of Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone doing this song. I always loved it and now know the original too!!
So I'm not the ONLY person on RP who has heard of Kallet, Epstein and Cicone? :)
This reminded me that I still have a record by this guy - you rember folks, one of those big black things. I must give that turntable another spin with it some time soon. Anyway, good to hear that Dougie is still alive and kicking.
Wow. Never heard him, blown away. I love the way his brogue comes through intact. Amazon, here I come...
so this is the original I guess...wow, I've known this song forever cuz my parents had a tape of Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone doing this song. I always loved it and now know the original too!!
Bleeping awesome. :notworthy:
Not bad, I guess. I've only heard Rich Mullins' cover before now, which I have to say I like better.