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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 08:13 UK time, Sunday, 27 February 2011

It was while I was researching information on the "Mingulay Boat Song" popularised by The Corries amongst others, that I got to thinking about the number of songs that were written in praise of islands. Needless to say there are a number of Gaelic songs which extol the virtues of the great majority of them, from Lewis to Barra, and all between there and the mainland - many written by exiles or sailors, with a deep longing for their homeland.

But there are some which have been translated into English - Dark Island for example, there's the world famous "Skye Boat Song" and if you want to be less specific, well what about "Islands in the Stream" - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton? Madonna recorded La Isla Bonita and Elton John sang about Island Girl and a band called Typically Tropical took "Barbados" to Number 1 in July 1975. That's just a few of them. What about classical tracks - were any of our world-famous composers sufficiently moved to write about a particular part of the world, an island somewhere? Which are your own favourites - let me know.

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