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Loreena Mckennitt – All Souls Night lyrics

Bonfires dot the rolling hills
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
Moving to the pagan sound.

Somewhere in a hidden memory
Images float before my eyes
Of fragrant nights of straw and of bonfires
And dancing till the next sunrise.

I can see lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Figures of cornstalks bend in the shadows
Held up tall as the flames leap high
The green knight holds the holly bush
To mark where the old year passes by.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
And moving to the pagan sound.

Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.



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    This song very poetically describes the Celtic rituals of Samhain. Samhain took place on October 31st and is the basis of our modern celebration of Halloween. It was a celebration of the end of summer, the time of Lugh (sun deity). As the days became shorter and colder the deity, Cailleach Bheur would bring the winter, and this was seen as the appropriate time to celebrate the natural cycle of life and death. Thus, All-Souls was created as a tribute to the lives and deaths of ancestors. The occasion was frought with bonfires, dancing, feasts and rituals by the elders to invite the spirits of the good to celebrate and drive away the spirits of the wicked. All-Souls is still puzzled over as a time of intense paranormal activity, and as seen in the fifth stanza, "voices on the wind" refers to those who would hear the voices of their ancestors giving hope and encouragment for the coming year. A dramatic and haunting image of a ceremony that has so unjustly been forgotten by so many.
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