Lost Souls Lyrics

Hello!

Since Loreena blessed us with a few new singles from her upcoming album, Lost Souls, I would love to know the lyrics to Spanish Guitars and Night Plazas and A Hundred Wishes. I would be thankful to anyone who would write them beneath this post!

I wish you all a lovely day!

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I remember when Ms. McKennitt released "Breaking of the Sword" for Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day and my father and I liked it. However, I wasn't sure that it was going to be featured on "Lost Souls"...or maybe that I didn't think that. The trouble is what is the title got to do with the song lyrics themselves. It is either an ironic title or it has nothing to do with the idea of mother watching her son grow up to be soldier and then, die in process. The connection with the latter and the title does not make sense.  After all, there were no swords during the First (or Second) World War as guns replaced them in warfare. There was not even a mention of a sword in the song. So, how is this possible? 

Loreenya posted:

I remember when Ms. McKennitt released "Breaking of the Sword" for Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day and my father and I liked it. However, I wasn't sure that it was going to be featured on "Lost Souls"...or maybe that I didn't think that. The trouble is what is the title got to do with the song lyrics themselves. It is either an ironic title or it has nothing to do with the idea of mother watching her son grow up to be soldier and then, die in process. The connection with the latter and the title does not make sense.  After all, there were no swords during the First (or Second) World War as guns replaced them in warfare. There was not even a mention of a sword in the song. So, how is this possible? 

“The title of the song is borrowed from a group of statues on the Vimy Memorial called the Defenders, particularly those known as the Breaking of the Sword.  The Canadian National Vimy Memorial consists of 20 symbolic statues, the largest of which is known as Canada Bereft. Sometimes called Mother Canada, it personifies a young nation mourning its dead.“

Thank you, Taliesan and Mark. After some thought, I think that I am understanding it now. When the enemy breaks the sword, the defense is broken and then, the soldier would have to use his life to defend others. (This has a potentially figurative meaning.) I can comprehend why this is so sad.

Just received the CD version of Lost Souls in the mail today--and I LOVE it!  Can't choose a favorite piece yet--but I adore the fact 'Ages Past, Ages Hence' (which I used to know as 'The Pagan Trees') finally got properly recorded--it's wonderful! 

As for any likeness in this song to Kate Bush--I never did 'get' her.  Tried listening to various things of hers, hoping I'd like her music, but guess it's just not for me...

I'm too old and broke to travel and attend out-of-town concerts now, so my life boils down to online PC use, and buying any CDs and DVDs I want if I can find or order them.  Am very old-school here--no TV, smart phone, or Facebook account. 

Loreena, you have put out a wonderful body of work over the years--you've much to be proud of!  (I've acquired everything but the compilations, which I never felt I needed.)  So if indeed this turns out to be your 'final album' then so be it--what a wonderful career you've had!  I wish you every continued success.

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