Little Fishes

When the houses lie in darkness

When the humans sleep in bed

When the clock is ticking softly

When the fire is cold and dead

Then the people of the sea

Leave their homes and head for land

Through the night they dance and mingle

Shifting shadows on the sand


Though you live among the landfolk

Laugh and cry like children do

When the moon is on the water

There's another life for you

Go to sleep my little fishes

Float away upon the stream

Go to sleep my little fishes

Now's the hour to drift and dream


This lullaby is a modern composition written by Bob Pegg for the "Storm" project, when he was Musician in Residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council.

It from the point of view of a selkie woman or a mermaid, singing to her children.


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