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Lighthouse: Rescue in Distress

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  A Scottish lighthouse Rua Reidh Lighthouse,
Scotland
There's a lighthouse
Shining in the black
A lighthouse
Standing in the dark
All the world's a ship
Shipwrecked on the seas
Breaking up in pieces
We're clinging to the reef
There's a lighthouse
For the inhabitants of the Scottish Hebrides, where the McDonald brothers come from, distress at sea is a daily battle when ships set sail. The only ray of hope in times of emergency is the radiance shed by the lighthouse, warning ships of the Reef and affording them orientation. "Save me!" is the cry for help in "Lighthouse" (CD Mara). It quickly comes to mind that this is not only literally meant. "All the world's a ship, shipwrecked on the seas" is what is written in the song.
Who, then, is the Lighthouse? In literature God is often depicted as a saving beacon. With this in mind, and in conjunction with the other songs of Runrig, I believe that the lighthouse is a synonom for God. Should this be the case, then it is God who gives a person strength when in personal distress. Compare the summary under "In a Nutshell".
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