Skellig loreena mckennitt


Jun 21 2007, 16h23

O light the candle, John
The daylight has almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass

Sit here by my side
For the night is very long
There's something I must tell
Before I pass along

I joined the brotherhood My books were all to me
I scribed the words of God
And much of history

Many a year was I
Perched out upon the sea
The waves would wash my tears,
The wind, my memory

I'd hear the ocean breathe
Exhale upon the shore
I knew the tempest's blood
Its wrath I would endure

And so the years went by
Within my rocky cell
With only a mouse or bird
My friend; I loved them well

And so it came to pass
I'd come here to Romani
And many a year it took
Till I arrived here with thee

On dusty roads I walked
And over mountains high
Through rivers running deep
Beneath the endless sky

Beneath these jasmine flowers
Amidst these cypress trees
I give you now my books
And all their mysteries

Now take the hourglass
And turn it on its head
For when the sands are still
'Tis then you'll find me dead

O light the candle, John
The daylight is almost gone
The birds have sung their last
The bells call all to mass

This beautiful song is very evocative of the ancient atmosphere of monasteries. You can almost see and feel the austerity and simplicity of monks scribbling, praying, leading a simple life serving God, with harmony with him and their surroundings. It did actually serve as a very good illustration for an irish poetry class when we were dealing with early monastic poems. Whenever i listen to it i can;t help but transport back to those times and ask with loreena: What is the part that isolation plays in encouraging some to reach closer to the essence of God?
I cannot imagine anyone who would render the atmosphere better, the austerity shines throgh her voice and music, there is the gravity if a monk's life, the journeys he undertook. What really strikes me is the finality of the depicted moment and how it is depicted. Also the books so important..he passes them on as his legacy to his fellow brother. Incredible, i can't even begin to describe what feelings this song wakes. Skellig


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