The Old Ways – Loreena McKennitt

The pounding sea is calling me home to you On a dark new year’s night On the west coast of Clare I heard your voice singing Your eyes danced the song Your hands played the tune T’was a vision before me. We left the music behind and the dance carried on As we stole away […]

Bonny Portmore – Loreena McKennitt

O bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand And the more I think on you the more I think long If I had you now as I had once before All the lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore. O bonny Portmore, I am sorry to see Such a woeful destruction of your ornament […]

The Mystic’s Dream – Loreena McKennitt

A clouded dream on an earthly night Hangs upon the crescent moon A voiceless song in an ageless light Sings at the coming dawn Birds in flight are calling there Where the heart moves the stones It’s there that my heart is calling All for the love of you A painting hangs on an ivy […]

The Bonny Swans – Loreena McKennitt

A farmer there lived in the north country A hey ho bonny o And he had daughters one, two, three The swans swim so bonny o These daughters they walked by the river’s brim A hey ho bonny o The eldest pushed the youngest in The swans swim so bonny o Oh sister, oh sister, […]

Caravanserai – Loreena McKennitt

This glancing life is like a morning star A setting sun, or rolling waves at sea A gentle breeze or lightning in a storm A dancing dream of all eternity The sand was shimmering in the morning light And dancing off the dunes so far away The night held music so sweet, so long And […]

Marrakesh Night Market – Loreena McKennitt

They’re gathered in circles The lamps light their faces The crescent moon rocks in the sky The poets of drumming Keep heartbeats suspended The smoke swirls up and then it dies Would you like my mask? Would you like my mirror? Cries the man in the shadowing hood You can look at yourself You can […]

Moon Cradle – Loreena McKennitt

The moon-cradle’s rocking and rocking Where a cloud and a cloud go by Silently rocking and rocking The moon-cradle out in the sky. Then comes the lad with the hazel And the folding star’s in the rack “Night’s a good herd to the cattle,” He sings, “She brings all things back.” But the bond woman […]

Full Circle – Loreena McKennitt

Stars were falling deep in the darkness As prayers rose softly, petals at dawn And as I listened, your voice seemed so clear So calmly you were calling your god Somewhere the sun rose, o’er dunes in the desert Such was the stillness, I ne’er felt before Was this the question, pulling, pulling, pulling you […]