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RIVERDANCE - Bill Whelan

The CD - 1995, Celtic Heartbeat, Atlantic 82816-2. Available from Amazon.com

Accessed times since 2 April 1996. (Thanks Web-Counter)
 1. Reel around the sun 8:40
 2. The Heart's Cry* 2:27
 3. The Countess Cathleen / Women of the Sidhe 5:40
 4. Caoineadh cu chulainn (Lament) 4:08
 5. Shivna* 3:38
 6. Firedance 6:03 [Spanish guitar]
 7. Slip into Spring 3:46
 8. Riverdance*  5:43
 9. American wake (The Nova Scotia set) 3:08
10. Lift the wings* 4:59 
11. Macedonian morning 2:57
12. Marta's dance / the Russian dervish 6:03
13. Andalucia 4:21 (Spanish again) 4:21
14. Home and the Heartland* 3:26
15. The Harvest 3:38
16. Riverdance (Dance Reprise) 4:34  (Total time = 73:11)

Riverdance - Lyrics

*THE HEART'S CRY Where the river foams and surges to the sea Silver fingers rise to find me Wise and as daring Following the heart's cry I am the deep pool I am that dark spring Warm with a mystery I may reveal to yo in time (Time holds the heart's key) Key to everything is Love (Love makes the heart flower) Flowers into a deep desire (Passion in the heart's fire) Passion and desire See the eagle rise above the open plain Golden in the morning air Weaving and soaring Watchful and protecting I am your shelter I will enfold you

*SHIVNA

A Bhennain, a bhuiredain, a bheicedain bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cuicheran do ni tu 'sin ghlinn
A Bhennain, a bhuiredain, a bheicedain bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cuicheran do ni tu 'sin ghlinn

A ddhraignein, a dhelgnachain. (dil, dol, doh, roh day)
A mhinein na chonaire (dil, dol, doh, roh day)
A dhriseoc, a dhruimnechoc (dil, dol, doh, roh day)
A chaillech, a chuirrechennach in raga for ech?

A Bhennain, a bhuiredain, a bheicedain bhinn
Is bhinn linn in cuicheran do ni tu 'sin ghlinn

Is me Suibhne sirthechan; luath reithim thar gleann;
Nochan e m'ainm dligthechan; mo is ainm dam Fer Benn


*RIVERDANCE

Hear me cry
In my hungering search for you
Taste my breath on the wind
See the sky
As it mirrors my colours
Hinds and whispers begin

I am living to nourish you, cherish you
I am pulsing the blood in your veins
Feel the magic and power of surrender to life
(Uisce Beatha)

Every finger is touching and searching
Until your secrets come out
In the dance, as it endlessly circles
I linger close to your mouth


*LIFT THE WINGS

How can the small flowers grow
If the wild winds blow
And the cold snow is all around

Where will the frail birds fly
If their home on high
Have been torn down to the ground

Lift the Wings
That carry me away from here and
Fill the Sail 
That breaks the time to home
But when I'm miles and miles apart from you
I'm beside you when I think of you - a Stoirin a Gra

How and a tree stand tall
If a rain won't fall
To wash its branches down

How can the heart survive
Can it stay alive
If its love's denied for long

Lift the Wings
That carry me away from here and
Fill the Sail 
That breaks the line to home
But when I'm miles and miles apart from you
I'm beside you when I think of you - a Stoirin
And I'm with you when I think of you - a Stoirin
And a song will bring you near to me - a Stoirin a Gra


*HOME AND THE HEARTLAND

From high in the sky
Through the clouds and rain
Every familiar field
Seems like an old friend
When every hand that you shake
Is like a warm embrace
Could only be one sweet place
Home and the Heartland

Sing out your songs and
Ring out your stories and rhymes
Weave from your dreams those mystical
Dances that lead us to bind heart and mind

As we circle the world
With our wandering airs
Gathering here and there
Leaving behind our share
Like the leaves in the wind
They are blown along
Each melody rising from
Home and the Heartland



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