Deireadh forladh 1940 (audio)

One of the finest songs of the last war, this was composes by a MacLean of Ness while at home on leave in 1940. Many Gealic war compositions are patriotic in sentiment, but here we discover the real fears of many of the soldiers.

Dena sings the original 'beo slan le mo t-habost a chaoidh', a farewell in which hope is expressed that the bard will return and all will be well. Nowadays singers tend to change the 'beo' to 'soraidh' which in gaelic really means 'farewell forever'.

Dena Graham is a fine traditional Gaelic singer lives in Isle of Lewis.