The Lady of Shalott

Loreena McKennitt


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Alfred Tennyson, Dan Smith, Rose Prince, Steve Smith, Tom Gilbert
album: Track 4 in album The Visit
release date: 1991
popularity : 16 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic/Folk/Ethereal/Celtic
length: 11:35
vocal: Loreena McKennitt
bass: Tom Hazlett
keyboard: Loreena McKennitt
cello: Anne Bourne
fiddle: Hugh Marsh
balalaika & guitar: Brian Hughes
composer: Loreena McKennitt
lyricist: Lord Alfred Tennyson

Album Information

label: Quinlan Road
country(area): Germany
format: CD
barcode: 090317515120
script: Latin

Cover Art

Loreena McKennitt The Visit cover art


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On either side of the river lie
That clothe the world and meet the sky;
To many-towered Camelot;
Gazing where the lilies blow
The island of Shalott.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Thro' the wave that runs for ever
Flowing down to Camelot.
Overlook a space of flowers,
The Lady of Shalott.
Only reapers, reaping early,
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
Down to tower'd Camelot;
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
The Lady of Shalott."
There she weaves by night and day
She has heard a whisper say,
To look down to Camelot.
And so she weaveth steadily,
The Lady of Shalott.
And moving through a mirror clear
Shadows of the world appear.
Winding down to Camelot;
The Knights come riding two and two.
The Lady Of Shalott.
But in her web she still delights
For often thro' the silent nights
And music, went to Camelot;
Came two young lovers lately wed.
The Lady Of Shalott.
A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
To a lady in his shield,
Beside remote Shalott.
His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
From underneath his helmet flow'd
As he rode back to Camelot.
he flashed into the crystal mirror,
Sang Sir Lancelot.
She left the web, she left the loom,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She looked down to Camelot.
The mirror cracked from side to side;
The Lady of Shalott.
In the stormy east-wind straining,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Over towered Camelot;
Beneath a willow left afloat,
The Lady of Shalott
And down the river's dim expanse
Seeing all his own mischance -
Did she look to Camelot.
She loosed the chain and down she lay;
The Lady of Shalott.
Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
Turn'd to towered Camelot.
The first house by the water-side,
The Lady of Shalott.
Under tower and balcony,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Silent into Camelot.
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
The Lady of Shalott.
Who is this? And what is here?
Died the sound of royal cheer;
All the Knights at Camelot;
He said, "She has a lovely face;
The Lady of Shalott."


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 All Souls Night
  • 2 Bonny Portmore
  • 3 Between the Shadows
  • 4 The Lady of Shalott
  • 5 Greensleeves
  • 6 Tango to Evora
  • 7 Courtyard Lullaby
  • 8 The Old Ways
  • 9 Cymbeline