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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 in haunting in it's 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


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 in haunting in it's song
The ancient stones will tell us

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    UnregisteredApr 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    I think it's about our world; the human race and all the war we wage against one another. The pain we cause to ourselves, others, and definitely mother earth. People call upon god in our time of need, and when nothing happens, we think he's abandoned us. Yes, to me, this song is about war and pain. Leastwise, imo.
  • U
    UnregisteredNov 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm
    (i would like to point out that "biblical" and "god" are supposed to be capitalized. For some reason, they reverted back to lower case. )
  • U
    UnregisteredNov 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm
    It seems to have some good biblical theology in it. There is, of course, the problem with the mention of 'mother earth. ' other than that, i'd say that there is great mention of some attributes of god.
  • m
    mrniceguy1066Dec 28, 2008 at 9:44 am
    possibly the most beautiful song ever written. The song is about 9 minutes log and has the most haunting of melodies with words that were written for ancient times yet are still relevant for todays mad world.

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