Breaking of the sword

And so Loreena is coming back... A new song and, I hope and think, a new album. Nice to hear her powerful voice growing and her new melody. What about you? Have you heard the new song?

Fear no more the heat of the sun...

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Pa posted:

I do hope she comes out with a new album and yes I juat heard it a few mintues ago. It's a bless and quite pleasing to hear her voice again in a new track. ❤❤❤

Who knows... Maybe the new album is coming out at the beginning of 2018?

Wonderful news, a new song by Loreena - "Breaking of the Sword" Sadly when looking to download a HD version or at least a FLAC lossless version......nothing appears to be available!

Just the usual suspects Amazon & Google with MP3 versions, and Apple with something a little better but certainly not HD.

Surely with Loreena's wonderful voice ............ something considerably better than MP3 is available?

 

Jettgod

Dear Miss McKennitt!

I was so lucky because I'm two time, see You in live my little country - in Hungary

I have a  questions for You (or for somebody who can answer for me ...) this your new wonderful Piece (or hopeless PieceS) will publishing in another format?

(My favorite - because I my hobby is audiophil music listening - the vinyl.)

Sorry I don't like the digitally downloaded format in music ...

You now, I have Your all albums in vinyl and CD booth (of course NOT downloaded) - execpt the "Live in San Francisco" - I can't buy this across fifteen years, anyhow I trying  ... but I will be very happy when your new Piece is will be avalible (with another your wonderful New Pieces of course) on vinyl format.

I thank You for Your (or Your represent) answer in advance ...

With honest dedication your old fan : Mr. Peter, Gál.

 

 

 

Breaking of the Sword
words & music Loreena McKennitt

On a sunny April morning
My dear son you were born
Until one day you were called away
From my heart was torn

As a boy you knew the stables
As a lad you knew the fields
My son you worked beside me
But to country you must yield

CHORUS

You were called to serve the country.
You were called to serve the king.
And from our home you left one day
And of this today I sing.

When I stood there at the station
And our eyes one last time met
It was at that moment my dear son,
T’is that I’ll ne’er forget.

Is it now a mother’s blessing
That the country is truly free?
You gave your life for all of us
And all humanity.

As I stand here at your grave side
And the spring birds sing their song,
My child I love you more and more
And will my whole life long.

CHORUS

You were called to serve the country
You were called to serve the king
And from our home you left one day
And of this today we sing.

Fabio posted:

And so Loreena is coming back... A new song and, I hope and think, a new album. Nice to hear her powerful voice growing and her new melody. What about you? Have you heard the new song?

Hello Fabio and everybody,

  I've heard and bought the song and I like the approach of a mother who has lost a child that Loreena's taken in order to commemorate the Remembrance Day of Canada. I feel curious about how the work of the armed forces is praised in some countries of America, I think we do not do that in other areas of the world as much for several historical reasons.

   Going back to the song, the production and her voice are superb as always. As most of you, I suppose, I always love to listen to her songs with my headphones and pay attention to the different layers of sound and 'meditate' on the message every instrument brings, I could qualify it as an awesome  therapy!

   It's definitely  great to be able to listen to a new recording of hers and I'm glad she and her great team are still 'on the road', especially nowadays when in my opinion most of the music you hear on the radio is of extremely low quality.  Some days ago I came up with a comment about present music industry by Joni Mitchell, in which she qualified it as a 'corrupt cesspool'. I totally agree on that and I'm happy that still there are musicians who try to bring their light to the audience, their job is more important than it may seem. 

   Thank you.

Loreena's new song hopefully will be the first of a future brand new album...but the song itself...is beyond beautiful!!! It transported me to that parallel universe of love and compassion where Loreena's music lives and thrives! Loreena, I want to thank you so much for your new gift to the world!!!

Hi all! I've listened to the new song lots of times, and it's really moving, to say nothing of perfect mix of music and video images. You've to fight tears back. I like also another new song, In France, that I think will be released next year, and that was sung on the past European tour. So, the upcoming recording seems to be truly quite interesting!!!

freesoul posted:

Hi all! I've listened to the new song lots of times, and it's really moving, to say nothing of perfect mix of music and video images. You've to fight tears back. I like also another new song, In France, that I think will be released next year, and that was sung on the past European tour. So, the upcoming recording seems to be truly quite interesting!!!

Oh yes :-)

Wife told me of this artist, this brings back so many memories of Iraq and the Brits I survived with. I can still hears the Pipes being played on top of AL Fal Palace in OIF-3 everyday at 12:30.  The sound would cover the city as he walked and played. The shadows of the fallen UK soldiers are known to me, their laughter and jokes are stilled remembered, most of all treasured.

It is quite fitting that Ms. McKennitt is writing this song as she is, at this moment, honorary colonel. I am proud of her "position" and I hope that she shares that honor with me as well as her other "legionaries," especially those who are less fortunate, whether on they are lacking materialistically or spiritually poor.  

I like the fact that there is a full orchestra and a choir involved. This comes as unsurprising Ms. McKennitt had had recent and previous experience with that. I am wondering if, for the next tour, she might consider bringing in an actual choir for that number or perhaps encourage the audience to sing the chorus for "Breaking of the Sword" (which sounds more practical and less of a financial burden for "Colonel" McKennitt and the rest of Quinlan Road.)

What I am looking forward to hearing is Breaking of the sword. Yet the words seem to be contrary about A soldier that lost his life fighting in war. Maybe it's meaning is about the mothers grief and wishing he was living. Although if he was called to serve by the king and that king was George of England in 1776 then breaking the sword makes sense. They would do that if it was A bad monarch. Kind of like the Vietnam draft protesters burning their notices. I know as for me making sure I serve God and country makes it all worth while be as it may be peace or war the end result is heaven is the place we go too.

That is it now A mothers blessing that the countries Truly free? The breaking of the sword if it was done by A Duke or higher. Would receive A reply from the opposing King who would say then we yield. That would allow for some changes to take place. One example would be John Lee changing his name to the Duke's Paul Jones who broke his sword, hence forth John Paul Jones.Their are some other reason's like not wanting to be known as John Lee because the King used the colonies first flag on A slave trade ship, and they used that name.When the Royal Marines heard of John Paul Jones doing that they Joined him and took the Bonham Richard out to sea to save England 90% of them Royal Marines. Twenty years later after doing many great works saving good people in England. They went to America and the Ship became the Constitution. Then theirs the story about the Magna Carta, another example of when A sword was broken and the opposing sides met and brought law and order to the land. These two examples are the beginnings of Democracy and how we can worship God respecting others religious beliefs.

What an interesting perspective, wizard. However, I would like to ask you questions for clarity. Are you saying that "breaking of the sword" means to represent a switch from fighting for monarch to becoming a rebel against one? Or do you mean by when one breaks of the sword, one invites peace?

          The example of that particular King George is like this. America was A colony of England 1753. Henry Lee wanted to show good faith and made A flag to represent that it was the x and stars one, sent it to the King for approval. He likes it and writes for them to send A shipment of cotton, gun powder. John Lee asks his father if he could take their merchant ship their. They arrive in England at A seaport off course, that was A blessing because the longshoreman their warns them that they are criminals. He is A christian pays them and they escape in lifeboats staying hidden and helping Gods subjects who want to be free from the Kings rule. The Duke years later hears about them helping people and how they were cheated. Paul Jones the Duke breaks his sword calling the King A warmonger. The King has him killed after that and John Lee calls himself John Paul Jones. Then that is sort of wanting peace but because of the evil they fought to bring people to Ireland and various Islands when they got the Bonham Richard and saved England from invasion.

I was also pondering the "Bonnie Swans" their are some mysteries to solve in that song as well. A Bonnie Swan was A agent of the Continental Congress back in 1763. The colonies shape on A map of the 13 including west point looked like A swan defending it's eggs. West Point was A secret and the plan was in the making Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution. Many reasons for all of this happening and one of them was saving the Queen of England from the King. And the song mentions the Queen, what A note worthy sentiment. I have A great idea for A book about this ghost that is sent down to prevent people from getting messed up by the unseen influences on their computer. I think he would be the right one because of how he started back in the day with pin ups and he was Spike Jones and the city slickers, they were influential in stopping bombs on England.

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