This is the opening track on the flip side of "Where Splendour Falls." Though the lyrics pass through a few filters (one being, they were written by a Frenchman in the 15th century, another being, they were translated into English) I feel their pull very much. They speak of belonging, longing, losing, winning. What are winning when we gain the world and remain alone? Wolves, sheep, cultures, vultures, one cowering, the other devouring, one nodding the other bowing. A man on the side of the road, a scattered remnant, those ar an t-imeall. From the outside, looking in, face pressed against the glass. What can ye see, ye kings of the wild? "A road, a mile of kingdom, I am king of banks and stones and every blooming thing."
In my own country I am in a far-off land,
I am strong but have no force or power.
I win all yet remain a loser ,
At break of day I say goodnight,
When I lie down I have a great fear of falling.
I die of thirst beside the fountain
I never work, oh but how I labour!
I laugh in tears and hope in despair,
I'm sure of nothing but whats uncertain,
I'm hot as fire shivering in the flames.
I posted this track a few months back. It's been on the go with a few years.
You can download the album here http://charlieobrien.net/
I was delighted to have Neil O' Loughlin playing bass on this track. He plays with Ensemble Eriú.