Dead Can Dance - Xavier Lyrics




Fair Roseanna
Your vagrancy's a familiar tale
Fraught with danger
The lives you led were judged profane

Hatred enfolds us
Inculcates the minds with its heresy
Laymen enfold us
Clemency arrive to set you free

Faith, although Xavier has prayed
That life-giving waters may rain
Down on the souls of men
To cure them of their ways

These were the sins of Xavier's past
Hung like jewels in the forest of veils
Deep in the heart where the mysteries emerge
Eve bears the stigma of original sin

Freedom's so hard
When we are all bound by laws
Etched in the scheme of nature's own hand
Unseen by all those who fail
In their pursuit of fate

Faith, although Xavier has prayed
That life-giving waters may rain
Down on the souls of man
To cure them of their ways

And as the night turns into day
Will the sun illuminate your way
Or will your nightmares come home to stay?
Xavier's love lies in chains

These were the sins of Xavier's past
Hung like jewels in the forest of veils





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  1. R Gray

    Have not heard this in years ....amazing again ....
    A small story regarding DCD .
    They played in Denver in 1988 at a place called The Ogden Theatre .
    At the time I was operating a used book store across the alley on the same side of the street .
    The theatre was a recently renovated old movie theatre and had only had a few shows ... DCD was a very early show .. and the owner was nice enough to let me go over in the aftrernoon prior to the performance to watch them do a sound check . Needless to say , it was fascinating and probably got to see some unique things .. though mostly forgotten . I do remember Lisa and Brendan pissing at each other quite a bit.. they obviously weren't getting along .
    Also ... their road manager.. a Peter Grant type prick walked right up to where I was sitting and asked " Who are You ? " ... i told him and didn't move . He couldn't seem to do anything about it , since I worked next door and knew the manager .
    The show was amazing and there must have been 20 musicians playing all sorts of acoustic instuments . Lisa was dressed in a strange , overly long ornate ' cape ' that dragged along the floor .. , and delivered all the songs from behind a weird podium ...
    1 of the best concerts I've ever seen ............

  2. Teppich Opfer

    Mystical and dark. Brendan is a pure genius.

  3. Julio Chaparro

    I Paradise Lost hanno fatto un eccellente cover

  4. Il Rumore del Bianco

    Primavera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mERG6s2Z1Q

  5. Σταυρος κουρταλης

    perfection!!!

  6. Philippe Trape

    Looking for words to say. Could not find some. This song is an absolute gem. Probably the most beautiful one from Dead can Dance. I had the privilege to see them in concert in 1984 in Marseille (France). Brendan Perry’s spectral voice is a God’s gift in my humble view. A truly unrivaled masterpiece which will cross the barriers of time....

  7. Thomas Schwarz

    I tried to figure out the meaning of the song lyrics, but coudn´t - however a stunningly beautiful song. I heared them back in 1987 in Berlin - had a small room in an old house in Berlin ....

  8. Richard Roberson

    Legendary song

  9. romelina jimenez

    dead can dance lo mejor de lo mejor

  10. ADHD Synth

    Life is worth living because of Dead Can Dance. This music transcends all of this artificial reality around us.

    See them live, it will change your life.

  11. Flóra Bicskei

    This is so autumn🍁🌰🍃

  12. Samer Elzahr

    Beautiful song love it so much..

  13. Drakiro Lopez

    sad song

  14. Raventooth

    She was cold as ice

  15. Aldo Balderas

    El 13 de mayo estuve en el cementerio de pere lachaise fui exclusivamente a visitar el mausoleo de francois vincent raspail, estaba totalmente solo ya que todo el turismo se centra en la tumba de jim morrison, me sente en una piedra me relaje saque mi movil y me puse a disfrutar de esta cancion mientras admiraba a detalle el monumento que le dio vida a la portada de este increible album de culto, fue una experiencia inolvidable una obra maestra de cancion.

  16. Keith Bate

    This period 1985/1990 was the absolute Zenith of DCD .
    All their albums from this period are packed with awesome masterpieces that have stood the ultimate test of all.
    "the test of time "

  17. Swinki Trzy

    From LP
    'Within the Realm of the Dying Sun' -
    by Lisa and Brendan,
    DCD masters.

  18. Kurt Baynes

    This song, as many of Dead Can Dance songs, haunts me. "Black Sun" is another one

  19. 44velvet

    Gestern ist ein Wunder geschehen.Lisa und Brandon live in Bochum 🙏🔥💯 Danke für das beste Konzert aller Zeiten

  20. Memorex 90

    Personal Jesus

  21. Robert Niewiadomski

    W latach 80 tego słuchałem.Super!!!

  22. Imre Orro

    sounds like greg lake dont pretend to know

  23. Risto Laiho

    I dont even want to see any of your comments because this song is so sacred for me...

  24. Marc Lemaire

    L'année de la découverte !!! DCD !!! The m' y love songlol! Contingent 88/04 french army !m'a révélation ! Juste DCD !

  25. Benedetto Bruno

    5 March 2019, Palermo, Sicily.
    While we all are here living our puzzling lives, none of us will know for certain whether us Humans have really got a Soul or not, whether there is Life beyond Death and whether there is a God or not, so many of us may tend to conclude that Spirituality is just an illusion created by the Human mind. Yet Dead Can Dance's music has the ability to strike some hidden chords in your mind and your heart making "Spirituality" feel somehow real, almost tangible, and it seems to tell us that Life after Death does indeed exist.

    Leslie Schmidt

    All I can say is WOW!

  26. kastacio

    What this becomes in the deep of Autumn and into the nights of winter...

  27. tenisalot

    So pretentious and heavy-handed...and his singing is distinctly lacking in nuance and expressiveness, he sounds bored and unengaged in the songs....orchestration is bombastic...am so disappointed...Lisa Gerrard brought me here, what a letdown to find most of the songs are sung by this droll zombie

  28. Robert S

    Although Xavier has prayed that life giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of men to cure them of their ways.
    And as the night turns into day will the sun illuminate your way,
    Or will your nightmares come home to stay.

  29. B K

    Paradise lost brought me here

  30. Raul Pedroza Jr

    It's amazing! Simply amazing...

  31. Julio E. Isaias Rodriguez Glez.

    Soooo Gothic my Love!!!....omnius......

  32. ADHD Synth

    Dead Can Dance and The Sisters Of Mercy are all you need.

  33. Dariusz Malinowski

    Dead live

  34. ΑΙΓΑΙΟΥ ΠΕΛΑΓΟΥΣ 88

    1987-2018

  35. 10Ammar

    That album cover though, I don’t think there could ever be a more fitting one for such a song.

  36. Ghost001

    I keep coming back to this, it has to be my favourite DCD song.. <3

  37. Giada Nannotti

    .... niente da aggiungere; questa è pura poesia in musica....

  38. Antonio Amorim Neto

    Divino!

  39. Jõsé Nuno da Silva Pinto

    You have irresponsible sponsors sponsors that abused the viewer us we listen to this music and they bought in with some but whole fucking comment commercial selling some piece of shit you have irresponsible sponsors you're destroying the music anyway I don't have to listen to it nor do I have to subscribe if this is the way this works go to hell isn't worth it😈👻☻👻🤠👻🤡👻
    🕉🎵🎶🥁🎻🎺🎹🕉📲

  40. Ultra Blue

    Fair Roseanna,
    your vagrancy's a familiar tale
    fraught with danger,
    the lives you led were judged profane
    hatred enfolds us,
    inculcates the minds with it's heresy
    laymen enfold us,
    clemency arise to set you free

    Fate...
    Although Xavier has prayed
    that life-giving waters may rain
    down on the souls of men
    to cure them of their pain.

    These were the sins of Xavier's past
    hung like jewels in the forest of veils.
    Deep in the heart where the mysteries emerge

    Eve bears the stigma of original sin
    freedom's so hard when we all are bound by laws
    etched in the scheme of nature's own hand
    unseen by those who fail in their pursuit of fate.

    Although Xavier has prayed
    that life-giving waters may rain
    down on the souls of men
    to cure them of their ways

    And as the night turns into day
    A will the sun illuminate your way,
    Or will your nightmares come home to stay?

    Xavier's love lies in chains
    These were the sins of Xavier's past
    hung like jewels in the forest of veils

  41. giada nannotti

    I "dont' like" sono solo 90; ed è a tutti coloro che non hanno apprezzato questo capolavoro, che mi permetto di dire questo: purtroppo non riuscite a capire nulla né di musica, né di poesia! Spero che con il tempo siate in grado di apprezzare le opere sublimi...

  42. giada nannotti

    Se qualcuno dovesse chiedere cosa sia l'arte... ecco la risposta!

  43. Holdin McGroin

    TAKE THAT, TASTE THE PAIN

  44. inashentears

    Happy 31st Birthday!

  45. EvilEddtheRed

    I always think of Dead Can Dance of being almost secret - yet here's a track with over a million views . . .

  46. Kamal Announ

    Bienvenue dans la famille, ça c'est sûr. ...
    :) 😇

  47. Punkko

    lmao what a dumb name

  48. アリオス

    So cooool

  49. bob cabot

    three decades are gone now and yet the seal is unbroken - and for more on this milestone we rest for ever...

  50. Oliver Timko

    Excellent

  51. Tony Evans

    Thank you for restoring my sanity : , DCD.

  52. Grey Bloom

    I'd forgotten who I was...

  53. MinatoOnimaru

    Erik Lehnsherr: Excuse me, I'm Erik Lehnsherr.
    Professor Charles Xavier: Charles Xavier.

  54. Re CC

    Fair Rosanna your vagrancy's a familiar tale.
    Fraught with danger, the lives you led were judged profane.
    Hatred enfolds us, inculcates our minds with it's heresy.
    Laymen enfold us, clemency arise to set you free.
    Fate, although Xavier has prayed that life giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of men to cure them of their ways.
    These were the sins of Xavier's past, hung like jewels in the forest of veils.
    Deep in the heart where the mysteries emerge
    Eve bears the stigma of original sin.
    Freedom's so hard, when we are all bound by laws
    Etched in the scheme of natures own hand, unseen by all those who fail
    In their pursuit of fate.
    Although Xavier has prayed that life giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of men to cure them of their ways.
    And as the night turns into day will the sun illuminate your way,
    Or will your nightmares come home to stay.
    Xavier's love lies in chains.
    These were the sins of Xavier's past,
    Hung like jewels in the forest of veils.

    Songwriters: Brendan Michael Perry / Lisa Germaine Gerrard

    Mark Socha

    All these years I thought the line was "All you Angles pray; that life giving waters may rain"

  55. Dariusz Malinowski

    Inna muzyka inny świat inne życie najlepsza

  56. Jose D

    This is a banger

  57. Andy Kang

    Paradise Lost are my favourite band and to know they covered this is appreciated as Dead Can Dance were and still possibly are among their influences

    Andy Kang

    Nick and Steve told me the reason they omitted part of the song was because they had little time to edit it after the album was fully mixed and this was during my first meet and greet with Paradise Lost in 2008

  58. annabel Penin

    gives me goosebumps

  59. Carl Sedon

    such a welcomed vibe that gets my day started off

  60. OstrogothRome

    Go stand in Docklands, a sterile land, east of London,
    You may meet a traveller from an future land
    Who says: Two vast and lifeless ruins of concrete
    Stand in the desert... near them, on the Thames,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these bankrupt things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    'My name is Ozymandias, financier of kings;
    Look on my works, ye City of London, and despair!'

  61. Jim Williams

    I love the Grateful Dead!!!

  62. Irish Tino

    I would have to be high as shit to like this song, and since I don't smoke de bud no more I will never know

  63. Crypta 28

    A W E S O M E

  64. Jeremiah Shalda

    I like this song but I think Paradise Lost version does this song justice. I mean the original is great but no one else should copy this song except Paradise Lost. Look it up if you never heard them sing this masterpiece.

  65. Krishna Lorusso

    Great band, I love them...

  66. Marko Escobar

    a group of friends every weekend we made music of dead can dance, in the high momtañas of pasochoa ecuadory SAN PEDRO HONGOS tomabaños, that locuar los uvnis ,,,,, .......

  67. Royce Beggs

    always beautiful

  68. Richárd Ivanka

    "Xavier"

    Fair Roseanna
    Your vagrancy's a familiar tale
    Fraught with danger
    The lives you led were judged profane

    Hatred enfolds us
    Inculcates the minds with its heresy
    Laymen enfold us
    Clemency arrive to set you free

    Faith, although Xavier has prayed
    That life-giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of men
    To cure them of their ways

    These were the sins of Xavier's past
    Hung like jewels in the forest of veils
    Deep in the heart where the mysteries emerge
    Eve bears the stigma of original sin

    Freedom's so hard
    When we are all bound by laws
    Etched in the scheme of nature's own hand
    Unseen by all those who fail
    In their pursuit of fate

    Faith, although Xavier has prayed
    That life-giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of man
    To cure them of their ways

    And as the night turns into day
    Will the sun illuminate your way
    Or will your nightmares come home to stay?
    Xavier's love lies in chains

    These were the sins of Xavier's past
    Hung like jewels in the forest of veils

    carlotapuig

    Thank you!

    Mark Socha

    Thank you. i've loved this song for years but couldn't quite make out some of the lines. I always thought he sang "Faith, all you angels pray, that life giving waters will rain" ect.

    Leblanc Georges

    Richárd Ivanka Merci beaucoup,It's my favourite song,so sad but so beautiful.

    LMB222

    Not exactly. It's "in their pursuit of // Faith"

  69. Gianni Handy

    This song makes me cry and smile at the same time

  70. ResilientOverthinker VM

    LYRICS
    Fair Roseanna
Your vagrancy's a familiar tale
Fraught with danger
The lives you led were judged profane

Hatred enfolds us
Inculcates the minds with its heresy
Laymen enfold us
Clemency arrive to set you free

Faith, although Xavier has prayed
That life-giving waters may rain
Down on the souls of men
To cure them of their ways

These were the sins of Xavier's past
Hung like jewels in the forest of veils
Deep in the heart where the mysteries emerge
Eve bears the stigma of original sin

Freedom's so hard
When we are all bound by laws
Etched in the scheme of nature's own hand
Unseen by all those who fail
In their pursuit of fate

    Faith, although Xavier has prayed
    That life-giving waters may rain
    Down on the souls of man
    To cure them of their ways

    And as the night turns into day
    Will the sun illuminate your way
    Or will your nightmares come home to stay?
    Xavier's love lies in chains

    These were the sins of Xavier's past
    Hung like jewels in the forest of veils

  71. 3,14 1592

    something more than just a music

  72. schreiterkeit

    Alle, die einen Daumen nach unten gewählt haben, haben absolut null Ahnung von Musik oder sind taub!!

  73. Lema A

    I actually first heard Paradise Lost's cover of Xavier and honestly its my all time favorite song. Now that I hear the original, its equally beautiful! *Don't kill me but I kind of like PL's version more because of the dark vibe*

    Jame Gumb

    As much as I like this version, I also prefer the dark heaviness of PL's cover - also their cover of Small Town Boy on the same record.

    Andy Kang

    I 2nd that as Paradise Lost are my favourite band anyway. When I asked Nick Holmes and Steve Edmondson about the missing line in their take, they told me that they didn't have time to make anymore changes and this was just before they released the album.

  74. Ciera Rae

    This is my sons name/Xavier

  75. Hope Poze

    Discovered this song through Paradise Lost cover. Amazing.

  76. iamunx

    Doubtless, the song is perfect, divine. The pattern between 2:35 - 3:00 reminds me new order - blue monday.

  77. Almanac Crox

    the chord at the begininnig of song?
    thank you

  78. N.Z. Storm Waver

    A Masterpiece <3

  79. Ibrahim Del Angel

    The intro sounds like enjoy the silence of depeche mode

  80. Bartosz

    Jeden z najlepszych utworów na tym smutnym świecie, potęga, moc, szczęście

  81. TGW666

    Timeless gem...

  82. Sarah Ireland-Shoemaker

    One of the best shows I ever saw! <3

  83. Lucas De Munter

    Is that an oboe coming in at the chorus each time? It's beautiful!

  84. marcin kubiczek

    przepiękne...

  85. Nathan Mahoney

    How are they so good?

  86. Lucas Rosa Santos

    Intro reminds me Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode.

  87. Xavier Pinho

    My name is Xavier and I find this offensive.

  88. Mariusz Sobociński

    boskie...

  89. loveirisb1221

    2:33 These were the sins

  90. Xabier Arrabal

    My name is Xabier with "B" because in basque there are no "V"s. I felt so proud when I heard this song then around in 2002, from my favorite Darkwave spiritual band, I couldn't believe it.. and just in the right moment.

  91. Juan Navarro

    It is wonderful how the music transports me to distant times that are only found in history books, occult books, mysticism and mystery. This music was really made from the soul. For me it is a religious, pagan and magical experience.

  92. Nick Morris

    So, so Ard 2pik 1 fAv trak bi 4ad's finest but tis Musb a serious contendA.

  93. phillip b.

    It's only one person this song is about. Her name is "Roseanna Xavier". This revealed Brendan Perry a few years ago. As the saying goes Roseanna is the combined name of Brendan's mother and aunt.

  94. Vincent, Von, Ash

    St. Francis Xavier fell from grace he lived a lavish life as a noble beyond means? but saved by his friend Ignatius of Loyoia a soldier of Spain, who devoted his life to Christ and the salvation of men. Ignatius recited a scripture to Francis from the holy book of Mattithyahu/Mathew 16: verse 25 What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his own soul ......

  95. Vincent, Von, Ash

    The name Xavier is of Spanish and Portuguese descent

  96. piraniusz

    Tą płytą DCD sięgnął absolutnego szczytu, A Xavier i Persephone? Nie znam słów aby je opisać.

    Grzos Grzegorzynski

    Bez Tomka wielu z nas by tego nie znalo , masz racje , brak slow....

    BlackMark

    @Grzos Grzegorzynski Jakiego Tomka?

    greg ant

    To byla pierwsza plyta tego zespolu ktora uslyszalem. Genialna muzyka

    Krzysztof Kornacki

    @BlackMark Beksińskiego

  97. C Saivo12

    This is the most beautiful and sad song that i've ever heard of my fcking life for sure

  98. Philippe Morineau

    I ruled Stormbringer RPG with Dead can dance