Greensleeves – Loreena McKennitt

Alas my love you do me wrong To cast me off discourteously; And I have loved you oh so long Delighting in your company. Greensleeves was my delight, Greensleeves my heart of gold Greensleeves was my heart of joy And who but my lady Greensleeves. I have been ready at your hand To grant whatever […]

Samain Night – Loreena McKennitt

When the moon on a cloud cast night Hung above the tree tops’ height You sang me of some distant past That made my heart beat strong and fast Now I know I’m home at last You offered me an eagle’s wing That to the sun I might soar and sing And if I heard […]

Courtyard Lullaby – Loreena McKennitt

Wherein the deep night sky The stars lie in its embrace The courtyard still in its sleep And peace comes over your face. “Come to me,” it sings “Hear the pulse of the land The ocean’s rhythms pull To hold your heart in its hand.” And when the wind draws strong Across the cypress trees […]

Good King Wenceslas – Loreena McKennitt

Good King Wenceslas looked out On the Feast of Stephen When the snow lay ’round about Deep and crisp and even Brightly shone the moon that night Though the frost was cruel When a poor man came in sight Gath’ring winter fuel “Hither, page, and stand by me, If thou know’st it, telling Yonder peasant, […]

The Gates Of Istanbul – Loreena McKennitt

See there, past that far-off hill A tower held in the sky Hear there, in that dark blue night The music calling us home See there, in that far-off field Flowers turned to the sky Feel there, in that dark blue night The music calling us home Stars may always guide our way, From desert […]

The Seasons – Loreena McKennitt

Come all you lads and lasses, I’d have you give attention To these few lines I’m about to write here Tis of the four seasons of the year that I shall mention The beauty of all things doth appear And now you are young and all in your prosperity Come cheer up your hearts and […]

Carrighfergus – Loreena McKennitt

I wish I was in Carrighfergus Only for nights in Ballygrant I would swim over the deepest ocean Only for nights in Ballygrant. But the sea is wide, and I can’t swim over Neither have I wings to fly If I could find me a handsome boatman To ferry me over to my love and […]

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 […]