Loreena McKennitt - Beneath a Phrygian Sky Lyrics

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Music and lyric: Loreena McKennitt

The moonlight it was dancing
On the waves, out on the sea
The stars of heaven hovered
In a shimmering galaxy

A voice from down the ages
So haunting in its song
These ancient stones will tell us
Our love must make us strong

The breeze it wrapped around me
As I stood there on the shore
And listened to this voice
Like I never heard before

Our battles they may find us
No choice may ours to be
But hold the banner proudly
The truth will set us free

My mind was called across the years
Of rages and of strife
Of all the human misery
And all the waste of life

We wondered where our God was
In the face of so much pain
I looked up to the stars above
To find you once again

We travelled the wide oceans
Heard many call your name
With sword and gun and hatred
It all seemed much the same

Some used your name for glory
Some used it for their gain
Yet when liberty lay wanting
No lives were lost in vain

Is it not our place to wonder
As the sky does weep with tears
And all the living creatures
Look on with mortal fear

It is ours to hold the banner
Is ours to hold it long
It is ours to carry forward
Our love must make us strong

And as the warm wind carried
Its song into the night
I closed my eyes and tarried
Until the morning light

As the last star it shimmered
And the new sun's day gave birth
It was in this magic moment
Came this prayer for mother earth

Reprise:

The moonlight it was dancing
On the waves, out on the sea
The stars of heaven hovered
In a shimmering galaxy

A voice from down the ages
So haunting in its song
The ancient stones will tell us
Our love must make us strong

Track Listing
Enhanced CD 1
  • 1 Incantation
  • 2 The Gates of Istanbul
  • 3 Caravanserai
  • 4 The English Ladye and the Knight
  • 5 Kecharitomene
  • 6 Penelope’s Song
  • 7 Sacred Shabbat
  • 8 Beneath a Phrygian Sky
  • 9 Never‐Ending Road (Amhrán Duit)


  • Credits
    album: Track 8 in album An Ancient Muse
    release date: 2006-11-21
    popularity : 92 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Ethereal
    length: 9:30
    producer: Loreena McKennitt
    drums: Clive Deamer
    vocal: Loreena McKennitt
    violin: Wendy Rose, Carol Lynn Fujino, Annalee Patipatanakoon and Bridget Hunt
    bass: Tim Landers
    background vocals: Stuart Bruce, Steáfán Hannigan, Brian Hughes and Marco Migliari
    viola: Christopher Redfield and Daniel Blackman
    percussion: Tal Bergman, Rick Lazar and Jason Hann
    cello: Roman Borys, Carina Reeves and Caroline Lavelle
    piano & keyboard: Loreena McKennitt
    strings arranger: John Welsman
    lyre: Σωκράτης Σινόπουλος
    assistant producer: Brian Hughes
    clarinet & uilleann pipes: Steáfán Hannigan
    guitar & synthesizer & bouzouki & electric guitar: Brian Hughes
    Album Information
    label: Verve
    country(area): United States
    format: Enhanced CD
    barcode: 774213121097
    script: Latin