The Children of Lir (5:07)

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In a time of myth and magic
Lived a man of timeless power
Lir was his name
But his temper had turned sour
He would not be king of the land
Bov Dearg was chosen instead
Lir would pay no tribute to him
And secretly wished he was dead

Alas with time Lir’s wife did die
And he was full of great sadness
Dearg heard this and sent word to Lir
To meet him in his palace
When they met, they both embraced
Their friendship was made then
Dearg summoned his daughter Eve

And told Lir he must marry again

Lir’s love for Eve was as strong as with his first wife
A seed was planted, Fionnula and Aedh were born
But her next child birth would take away her life
Fiachra and Conn
From their mother’s stomach were born

Lir’s sadness knew no bounds
He cried out to the night
Dearg was there to comfort him
And help him see the light
He had four beautiful children
And with time another bride
Eve’s sister Aoife would stay loyal to his side

But Aoife had a jealous side - a cancer in her mind
She moved against the children
Love for them she could not find
She took them in her chariot to a lake not far away
And changed them into swans
Like night time into day

300 years on Derravaragh, so commenced the spell
The children would swim to the shore
Their story for to tell
300 years on the sea of Moyle
A cruel and bitter place
The children missed their father here
The smile upon his face

In the sea of Moyle the waves did crash


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  • Luzeryus


    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Symbolismic

    damn i love folk :D

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • sisesvint

    Manannan Mac Lir ( He of The Isle of Man, Son of the Sea ) was a sea god or fairy in old Irish Legends. He was one of the Tuatha De Danann ( children of Nan the Moon ).

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Oh_noez_

    hm. i thought it would refer to shakespeare's play :p - obviously it doesn't. nice song though.

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • ElisNunes

    LOVE *-*

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • UlvenHymne

    Brillant folk metal, one of the better tracks on Folk-Lore.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply

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