Song Lyric Sunday: Duets – ‘Sunshine on Leith’

The Proclaimers – twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid – are arguably a Scottish national institution. It is, for example, an iron rule that any evening wedding ‘do’ that takes place in Scotland must end with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.

This lovely song is a nod towards their birthplace of Leith – once the docks and now a highly fashionable area of Edinburgh.

My heart was broken, my heart was broken
Sorrow sorrow sorrow sorrow
My heart was broken, my heart was broken

You saw it, You claimed it
You touched it, You saved it

My tears are drying, my tears are drying
Thank you thank you thank you thank you
My tears are drying, my tears are drying

Your beauty and kindness
Made tears clear my blindness

While I’m worth my room on this earth
I will be with you
While the Chief, puts sunshine on Leith
I’ll thank Him for His work
And your birth and my birth

Yeah, yeah, yeah

My heart was broken, my heart was broken
Sorrow sorrow sorrow sorrow
My heart was broken, my heart was broken

You saw it, You claimed it
You touched it, You saved it

While I’m worth my room on this earth
I will be with you
While the Chief, puts sunshine on Leith
I’ll thank Him for His work
And your birth and my birth

Written by Craig and Charlie Reid

Song Lyric Sunday 26 January 2020

3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Duets – ‘Sunshine on Leith’

  1. I appreciate the background info on the brothers and the song. It’s a beautiful duet. It’s heartfelt singing. It is also poetic, especially the chorus.

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