The Calling - Song Lyrics


1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Ewan MacColl Storm King Music, Inc

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies, my love,
To the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command.

The first time ever I lay with you
And felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy, it would fill the earth,
And last till the end of time my love
It would last till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face.




2.The Calling
Méav / Craig Leon/ Cassell S. Webb.
Based on a traditional Galician melody.

Peermusic UK

So many paths not taken
So many words unsaid -
Though I travel far, they bind me
In a web of golden thread

I can hear a far-off calling
As the water flows ahead
I am waiting for the river-man
In the hidden riverbed

On the bank, three women passing
They measure time for me -
In the mirror of the water
They can but darkly see

I will walk beyond the meadows
With a child in either hand
Through the river's many shadows
We will pass from land to land

All the promises unspoken
Lie like fallen leaves on the ground
But the thread is still unbroken
And the hidden may be found

When the wheeling birds are leaving
They pass the sinking sun
We will travel with the river-man
Until time and time is run.




3.Light Flight
Bert Jansch / Danny Thompson / Jacqui McShee /
John Renbourn /Terry Cox Swiggeroux Music Ltd / SGO
Music Publishing Ltd


Let's get away, you say, find a better place
Miles and miles away from the city's race,
Look around for someone lying in the sunshine
Marking time, hear the sighs, close your eyes...

Bada-pa do-da dada-pa do-da da..
Stepping from cloud to cloud passing years of light
Visit the frosty start in the backward flight
Soaring rounds of visions, never mind the meaning
Hidden there, moving fast, it won't last...

Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by,
Now a thousand moons are about to die
No time to reflect on what the time was spent on,
Nothing left, far away, dreamers fade...

Strange visions pass me by,
winging swiftly as a sigh
Over the water, Ah...
Swirling, the waters rise up above my head
Gone are the curling mists how they all have fled.
Look, the door is open, step into the space
Provided there- if you dare, if you dare...




4.Listen, listen
Sandy Denny Warlock Music Ltd

The young boy rose his pretty face,
All for to feel the salty spray.
When storms are mustering, they say,
I'll come and take you all away.

I am a traveller by trade,
I only have what I have made.
A fortune teller too they say,
And I can take you all away.

Do do ....
Listen, listen to him do,
He is the one who is for you.
Listen, they say,
He'll come and take us all away.

And over there the young man stayed
Upon on the rocks so rough and grey
Watching the boy, watching the day
Thinking of how he came to be.

A young man he, he is so real,
And never more to go astray.
He is of value now they say,
And he can take himself away.

Listen, listen to him do,
He is the one who is for you.
Listen, they say,
He'll come and take us all away.




5. The Songline to Home
Méav / Craig Leon. Based on melody of 'Eleanor Plunkett'
by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) Peermusic UK


When you open your eyes
To another grey sky
Do your dreams slip away?
Do you long for the night
When you turn from the light
And escape from the day?

As you lie in a broken place
Where you know no-one’s face
If you don't belong
Listen for my song
Find the song-line to home
And you're never alone.

As you wander through each day
When you can't find a way
As you move along
You might hear this song
Find the song-line to home
And you're never alone.

On an echoing street
I can feel your heart beat
I am drawing you near
For a moment of peace
Your journey will cease
And my voice you will hear

When your path's lost without a trace
You can still find this place
Though we are apart
This map's in your heart
Far from me or near
Still your voice I'll hear
Over land and sea
Sing it back to me
And you're never alone
Find the songline to home
Find the songline to home
And you're never alone.




6. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Traditional. Arranged by Craig Leon / Méav
Peermusic UK


I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
A-traveling through this world of woe
But there's no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land to which I go
I'm going there to see my father
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm just a-going over Jordan
I'm just a-going over home

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me
I know my way is rough and steep
Yet golden fields lie just before me
Where those redeemed their vigils keep
I'm going there to see my mother
She said she'd meet me when I'd come
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
A-traveling through this world of woe
Yet there's no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land to which I go
I'm going there to see my father
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm just a-going over Jordan
I'm just a-going over home




7. Sovay
Traditional. Arranged by Craig Leon / Méav
Peermusic UK


Sovay, Sovay all on a day
She dressed herself in man's array
With a brace of pistols all by her side
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love, she did ride.

As she was galloping over the plain
She met her true love and bid him stand
"Stand and deliver, young man" she said
And if you do not,
If you do not, your life I'll have.

He delivered up his golden store
She says "Kind sir, there is one thing more -
That diamond ring that I see you wear -
Oh hand it over, hand it over, and your life I'll spare".

"From my diamond ring I never would part
For it's a token from my sweetheart -
Shoot and be damned then you rogue, " said he,
"And you'll be hanged,
You'll be hanged for murdering me!"

Next morning in the garden green,
Young Sovay and her true love were seen
He spied his watch hanging by her clothes
Which made him blush,
Made him blush like any rose.
"What makes you blush, you silly young thing
I thought to have your diamond ring.
'Twas I that robbed you all on the plain,
So take your watch, love,
Take your watch and your gold again.

I only did it for to know
If you would be a man or no
If you hadn't been man enough,"
she said, "I'd have pulled the trigger and shot you dead."





8. Shenandoah
Traditional. Arranged by Craig Leon / Méav
Peermusic UK


Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away you rolling river,
Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away, I'm bound away,
'cross the wide Missouri.

Tis Seven long years
Since last Ive seen you
And hear your rolling river,
Tis Seven long years
Since last Ive seen you
Away, Im bound away,
cross the wide Missouri.

Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away you rolling river,
Oh Shenandoah,
I long to see you,
Away, I'm bound away,
'cross the wide Missouri.




9.Once you were my lover
Méav / Craig Leon.
Based on the traditional Breton folk song 'Tri Martolod'.
Peermusic UK


Tri Martolod so young tra la la, la la la la
Tri Martolod so young they sailed away to sea
Tri Martolod so young tra la la, la la la la
Tri Martolod so young they set sail from Brittany

A storm began as they set sail
The waves swelled high around them
The winds were strong,
The journey long
They landed in Newfoundland.

They anchored down beside a mill
And met a girl who worked there
She said to one " I know you well
For once you were my lover -

A ring you bought in Nantes for me
And promised we would marry
I waited for a year or more
Why so long did you tarry?"

'I was, they said, too poor to wed
And could no longer see you,
One day, three martolod, we fled -
The storm it blew us to you"

Your destiny is here with me
Our love will always feed us -
Well live like birds so wild and free
Wherever life may lead us!"




10.Glimmering girl
Méav / Craig Leon.
Lyrics from 'The Song of Wandering Aengus'
by WB Yeats. Peermusic UK


I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;

And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.




11.Glasgow's Burning
Méav / Craig Leon.
Based on the traditional Scots folk song 'Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda'.


Alasdair Mhic
Cholla Ghasda
As do laimh-s' gun
Earbainn tapaidh
Mharbhadh Tighearna
Ach-nam-Breac leat

Chula mi'n de
Sgeul nach bait leam
Glaschu a bhith
Dol 'na lasair

Glaschu a bhith
Dol 'na lasair
'S Obair-Dheathain
'N deidh a chreachadh

Translation:
Alastair, son of gallant Cholla,
From your arms I would expect heroic deeds.
The Lord of Each nam Breac was killed by you
I heard yesterday a strange story
That Glasgow was going up in flames
And Aberdeen was being pillaged




12.Black is the Colour
Traditional. Arranged by Craig Leon / Méav Peermusic UK

Black is the colour of my true love's hair
His face so soft and wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the gentlest hands
I love the ground on where he stands

I love my love and well he knows
I love the ground on where he goes
I still I wish that the day would come
When he and I will be as one.

Black is the colour of my true love's hair
His face so soft and wondrous fair
The purest eyes and the gentlest hands
I love the ground on where he stands.



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