Breaking the Silence Lyrics

Loreena McKennitt


album: Track 7 in album Parallel Dreams
release date: 1989
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genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Ethereal/Folk
length: 6:27
vocal: Loreena McKennitt
mixer: John Whynot
guitars: Brian Hughes
bass: Shelly Berger
co-producer: Loreena McKennitt and Brian Hughes
tambura: George Koller
keyboard & bowed psaltery & whistle: Loreena McKennitt
congas & udu: Rick Lazar
composer: Loreena McKennitt
lyricist: Loreena McKennitt

Cover Art

Loreena McKennitt Parallel Dreams cover art
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A tribute to Amnesty International

I hear some distant drumbeat
A heartbeat pulsing low
Is it coming from within
A heartbeat I don't know
A troubled heart knows no peace
A dark and poisoned poolOf liberty now lost
A pawn an oppressor's tool.


Oh my heart be strong
And guide when eyes grow dim
When ears grow deaf with empty words
When I know there's life within.


A gunfire shatters silence
Where birds once sweetly sang
A mother cradles a child now dead
Now death where life began


From the troubled heart of South Africa
Nicaragua's festering sore
The turmoil on the streets of China
Death crying out for more


A change is slow in coming
My eyes can scarcely see
The rays of hope come streaming
Through the smoke of apathy


But oh my heart be strong
And guide when eyes grow dim
When ears grow deaf with empty words
When I know there's life within.


May the spirit never die
Though a troubled heart feels pain
When the long winter is over
It will blossom once again


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Samain Night
  • 2 Moon Cradle
  • 3 Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance
  • 4 Annachie Gordon
  • 5 Standing Stones
  • 6 Dickens' Dublin (The Palace)
  • 7 Breaking the Silence
  • 8 Ancient Pines