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The Bee Gees
H 220 x W 250 x D 250 cm (E)
commissioned by Douglas Borough Council
Douglas Borough Council
Douglas Borough Council
8th July 2021
at all times
at feet of figures, between the triskelion and the arms of Douglas City Council: Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE / Robin Hugh Gibb CBE / Maurice Ernest Gibb CBE / known as / THE BEE GEES / were born here on the Isle of Man / they have written, produced and performed over / 1000 songs all over the world and stand amongst the most successful artists of all time / The Bee Gees recorded a version of Ellan Vannin, the unofficial anthem of the Island / For Isle of Man charities in 1997. The song was released as a single and included / In their world tour as a show of pride in the land of their birth; at heels of figures on left: Ellan Vannin was originally written as a poem / by Eliza Craven Green in 1854 but it is known widely / today for its rendition in song published in 1896. / The Manx translation here is by John Nelson in 1900; centre: When the summer day is over, / and Its busy cares have flown, / I sit beneath the starlight, / With a weary heart alone. / Then rises like a vision / Sparkling bright in nature’s glee / My own dear Ellan Vannin / With its green hills by the sea. / Then I hear the wavelets murmur / As they kiss the fairy shore; / Then beneath the em’rald waters / Sings the mermaid as of yore; / And the fair Isle shines with beauty / As in youth it dawn’d on me, / My own dear Ellan Vannin / With its green hills by the sea. / Then mem’ries sweet and tender / Come like music’s plaintive flow, / Of the hearts in Ellan Vannin / That lov’d me long ago; / And I give, with tears and blessings / My fondest thoughts to thee, / My own dear Ellan Vannin / With its green hills by the sea; on the right: Tra ta'n laa gial souree harrish / As e chiarailyn tarroogh çhea voym, / Ta mee soie fo ny rollageyn / Lesh cree deinagh orrym pene: / Eisht ta girree roym myr ashlish / Loandyr gial ta’n ellan veen, / My heer deyr shenn Ellan Vannin, / Lesh e chroink glass rish y cheayn. / Ta mee clashtyn tharmane tonnyn / Myr ta’d nish paagey yn traie; / As heese dowin fo’n ushtey geayney / Kiaulleeagh foast ta’n ven-varrey, / As ta’n Ellan soilshean aalin / Myr ve ayns my aegid hene, / My heer deyr shenn Ellan Vannin / Lesh e chroink glass rish y cheayn. / Nish ta smooinaght millish meiyghagh / Çheet myr kiaulleeaght gys my chree / , Jeh ny cree’ghyn va ayns Mannin, / Foddey roie hug graih da mee; / Ta mee coyrt lesh jeir as bannaght, / Nish my smooinaght share dhyt hene, / My heer deyr shenn Ellan Vannin / Lesh e chroink glass rish y cheayn.