Ways of the Tide

from Fragile Dreams by Leannan Sidhe

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Written in 2004, this song was sponsored by Sandy Crump for which I am eternally grateful!


CHORUS: The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out
It holds no care for you hope or doubt
But heed you well the rant and roar
As the waves crash down upon the shore

Pray all you like to the Gods of the Sea
But if you want to succeed then take warning by me
Know better than breath the ways of the tide
Or you’ll earn an early grave by the ocean side

Wish all you like on the stars in the sky
But if you can not read them its swift then you’ll die
For the stars are our compass, our map and our guide
As the oceans we sail and the ship’s deck we ride

Dream all you will of the freedom in store
But if you’re seeking freedom then stay on the shore
For the ship is our chain and our Mistress the sea
It cares not that its made slaves of dreamers like me

But if you’re struck with longing and you know how to work
And if you promise never your duties to shirk
And your death it means nothing next to wind, sea and sky
Then we’ll take you on board where you’ll live till you die.


from Fragile Dreams, released July 16, 2011
Featuring Leannan Sidhe on vocals,
Alexander James Adams on bodhrain and djembe, and
Betsy Tinney on Cello


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Leannan Sidhe Seattle, Washington

Leannan Sidhe is a fey musician with wandering feet, a shimmering soprano voice, and who writes music that tends to the bittersweet. She performs mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but will happily travel further abroad if the opportunity is provided.

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