Waterboys, The - White Birds Lyrics




I would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea
Far from the rose and the lily, and fret of the flames would we be
And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky
Has awakened in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may never die, a sadness that may never die.

A weariness comes from those dreamers, dew-dabbled, the lily and rose
Ah, dream not of that, my beloved, the flame of the meteor that goes
Or the flame of the blue star that lingers hung low in the fall of the dew
For I would we were changed, my beloved, to white birds on the foam, I and you, to white birds on the foam, I and you.

Bend low, that I may crown you, flower of the branch
silver fish my hands have taken from the running stream,
morning star, trembling in the heavens like a white fawn on the border of a wood
Bend that I may crown you, that I may crown you.

And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky
Has awakened in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may never die, a sadness that may never die.

I am haunted by numberless islands, and many a Danaan shore
Where Time would surely forget us, and Sorrow come near us no more
Soon far from the rose and the lily and fret of the flames would we be
Were we only white birds, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea, white birds on the foam of the sea.





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  1. Ton Wijnen

    Fabulous.

  2. Zhiyuan Shen

    叶芝与茅德·岗出游后作,可惜叶芝误会她了意思

  3. Roberta Tuck

    This is very Special indeed! Ive Lost my Breath once again Listening to this Great Artist, Mike Scott.
    And, the Great WB...
    Restless 'n Breathless in
    Heaven! 🎼🌊🌊🌊🎭

  4. Mark Wallace Maguire

    Thank you Mike.

  5. Sandra Ring

    a sadness that may never die

  6. RNEHY DFRO

    Look in his eyes he’s on quite a mad trip! Whack fol le hahaha. CELTIC MAGIK.

  7. Hugo Dunsany

    I hear that a congregation of the Golden Branch is called a Druid Lounge.

    This sounds like Druid Lounge Music.

    ("Aw, thank you folks, thank you, you've been a great audience. And remember , what happens at Stonehenge stays at Stonehenge...")

  8. Carole Haouzi

    so so happy love since 1985

  9. Jason Stewart

    Quite simply masterful.

  10. super wargreymon /minecraft mainiac

    so this guy thinks its ok to rearrange Yeats work- this is truly execrable, an astonishing act of an idiot defacing genius

    Mark Mark

    this 'idiot' has done more to publicize and promote awareness of the works of Yeats than any other person in the last 30 years, starting with 'stolen child' in 1988. This idiot is also a ( musical and lyrical) genius...you on the other hand are a troll , with the artistic empathy of a boiled egg.

    terry tibbs

    I like to have a boiled egg with some toast

    Joe Beck

    Fat lot you know about it.

  11. Gail Williams

    I'm just "in love" with this music.  This and "Wandering Angus" are my favorites.

  12. arriesone1

    Beautiful

  13. Cody Lakin

    How do they always unfailingly put the perfect tunes and music to Yeats's already perfect poetry?

  14. deprofundis

    saw.a machine that cats mainly wooden material.

  15. Coypop

    Finally seeing The Waterboys in Melbourne last week, hearing this and Fisherman's Blues straight from the bard himself. I was in awe.

  16. deprofundis

    mike scott did it again..

  17. Laodia

    I never heard more beautiful music for 10 years. Thank you Mr Scott ... Love you... Thanks that you are...and yours music..
    Love from Poland....

  18. Annemarie Govers

    this is new for me...a big fan of Mike since we met in l986....and the whole of the Moon was very popular. After that I bought all the other Waterboys albums... Thankyou Mike & crew..for your lovely music...You can thank your parents for your great voice! Woeh.................

    Anja Groengras

    listen to to close too heaven also brilliant.

  19. Shawna Graham

    this is amazing god it speaks to me