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Away to the westward I'm longing to be

Where the beauties of heaven unfold by the sea

Where the sweet purple heather blooms fragrant and free

On a hilltop high above the Dark Island

    Oh, Isle of my childhood

      I'm dreaming of thee

    As the steamer leaves Oban

      And passes Tiree

    Soon I'll capture the magic

      That lingers for me

    When I'm back once more upon

      The Dark Island

So gentle the sea breeze that ripples the bay

Where the stream joins the ocean and the young children play

On the strand of pure silver I'll welcome each day

And I'll roam forever more the Dark Island

True gem of the Hebrides bathed in the light

Of the midsummer dawning that follows the night

How I yearn for the cry of the seagulls in flight

As they circle above the Dark Island

This karaoke is an arrangement of the original music

"Dr Mackay's Farewell to Creagorry" - Ian MacLaughlan, 1958.

Lyrics are by David Silver, 1963.


Scotland (Landscapes) v. 2.0 from Emerito Razon

Activities for English, Geography and Music:

Flag of Scotland; the thistle; coins and notes; St Andrews golf course; Celtic Park and Ibrox stadiums, Glasgow; the bagpipes; Edinburgh Military Tattoo; haggis and oatcakes; whisky; kilts; tartan; Stirling Castle; Wallace Monument; Doune Castle; Inveraray Castle; Oban; Dunollie Castle; Isle of Skye; Urquhart Castle; Inverness Castle; Cawdor Castle; Aberdeen; Edinburgh Castle; The Royal Mile; Holyrood Palace; Glasgow Cathedral;

Road to Sheildaig; Corgarff Castle; Glenfinnan Viaduct; Glencoe; Glen Finglas; Old Man of Storr; Cuillin Mountains; Heather; Glen Affric; Glencoe; Airthrey Castle; Loch Ness; Castle Stalker; Eileen Donan Castle; Dunnottar Castle; Loch Awe; Kilchurn Castle; Slains Castle; Pitlochry; Dunrobin Castle; Knapps Loch; Glen Etive; River Etive; Loch Achanalt; Loch Tulla; Lochaber; Neist Point; Red Quillins; Loch Knockie; Rannoch Moor; Loch Lomond; Culzean Castle; Wester Ross; Portree; Preston Mill; Kelvinbridge; Falkirk Wheel; Firth of Forth Bridge.

The Dark Island by davidbass

Karaoke Style Backing Track

Public Domain MIDI, attributed to Will Stewart

An educational version of Steinberg Cubase was used to edit the MIDI including use of VST instrumentation, transposition, panning, tempo, volume levels, melody, note values, rhythms, audio conversion.

The Dark Island - BBC television 1962

Radio adaptation - 1969

Setting of series - The Outer Hebrides

The Island - Benbecula

Filming - South Uist

Theme tune

The Dark Island Episode 1 1969

Original BBC Radio Broadcast Date: 1969

Nigel Gatherer has compiled a page for Dark Island where you can hear audio and download scores in G major and A major; Standard notation, TAB for Mandolin, Whistle & Ukulele, Cello part, MP3 (mandolin).

Have fun with MIDI

There are many free MIDI programs that you can download from the Internet. Here is a screenshot of the organ that comes with the free version of Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ.

Hauptwerk St Annes.jpg
By Hauptwerk Software, Fair use, Link

The sound in the example has been created by sending the melody channel to be played by ‘Flûte harmonique 8’ on Grand Orgue, two more channels to Flûte 8 on Récit Expressif, and the bass channel to Bourdon 8 and Flûte 8 on pédale. Why not give this a try? Download some MIDI files, select your favourite, experiment with sounds from your sequencer / sampler. Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ may not be the obvious choice for your sounds, but this is all about having fun with MIDI!

Some keen organists have been able to build working instruments with manuals and pedalboard, especially for home practice! The example below is from David Glover - the computer screen shows OrganAssist software that he developed. This is a free program used to build / edit a library of recordings, and more.


The Dark Island MIDI is played with sampled sounds of the St. Jean-de-Luz choeur organ. An organist / keyboard performer was not required!

The pipe organ sample set was created by Piotr Grabowski for Hauptwerk. On his website you will be able to find many virtual pipe organ sample sets, including photos of the instruments.

St. Jean-de-Luz is a coastal town in the south-west of France near the border with Spain. The choir organ of Saint-Jean-Baptiste church was built by Victor Gonzalez in 1930.

Hauptwerk Domestic Setup
Scotland from mjgomis