Sacred Earth

by Simon de Voil

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Simon de Voil's first solo album,
Sacred Earth was recorded on Iona in the middle of winter. The songs paint musical pictures of his 3 years living in an Abbey on the small Scottish island of Iona.

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released August 1, 2008

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Simon de Voil UK

Simon de Voil is a Scottish singer/songwriter and sacred musician, now based across the water from Seattle in Washington State.
Known for soulful, often haunting songs that invoke the spirit of his homeland, as well as his own personal story, Simon pairs thoughtful and inspiring lyrics with compelling piano melodies, and a rich, tender vocal style.
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Track Name: Folk song
You’re the folk song's hero

the girl with her hair blowing in the breeze

come to climb the mountain

see if you can catch a glimpse of me today



Cause our love is Golden light

strong enough to last the strongest night



I’m a long lost sailor

stranded out at sea

pining for my homeland

and the girl waiting for me, back home



Cause our love is Golden light

strong enough to last the strongest night



And I miss my homeland far across the seas

misty mountains and the rain

just waiting for me, back home



Cause our love is golden light

strong enough to make the distance seem alright.
Track Name: Forgotten to remember
I'd forgotten to remember
to lay her to rest
A comfort to take with me
And hold close to my chest

And i breath for us both now
and grief is the way of the world
a tragic tale for us all

She said she was so lonely
wrapped up in the fabric of my past
i'd kept her in a bubble
and taken away her light

She was so brave
the girl from which i grew
Choices that we make
Sacrifices we take

The gravestone is a maker
of those who give us life
And your heart beat it continues
the love that fills your life

And i breath for us both now
and grief is the way of the world
a tragic tale for us all

I'd forgotten to remember
to lay her to rest
A comfort to take with me
And hold close to my chest
Track Name: Sacred Earth
Here on this island you are free
Free to see it all more clearly
You’re standing all alone with the view stretched out before you
Go wrap this sacred place around you

The river flows downward it will reach the sea
And, the river flows it is pure and clear and running free
Oh but I can hardly swim
I’ll wrap this sacred place around me.

And tears sit waiting like the sky before the rain
The space between us is so dense it weighs down on my skin
And oh but I can hardly breath
I’ll wrap this sacred Earth around me.

The river flows downward it will reach the sea
And, she has climbed up to a rock and it’s too high for me
And Oh what happens if I fall?
I’ll wrap this sacred Earth around me.

The Earth she sleeps
And the wind blows you off your feet
The rain seeps deeply
Into the ground beneath my feet

The burn it flows downward it will reach the sea
The burn it flows, it is brown and cool and running free
Oh it flows on to the sea
Always downward to the sea

Here on this island you are free
Free to see it all more clearly
You’re standing all alone with the view stretched out before you
Go wrap this sacred place around you
Track Name: Deep Peace
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the son of peace to you
Track Name: Prayer of St Fracis
Lord make me a channel of your peace
grant that I can see through my human pain
and still feel loved

And in the darkness
let light be found
in there

Lord make me a channel of your peace
we all need to learn to forgive
a few more hundred times

Melt our hatred
let love take root in our hearts

Lord make me a channel of your peace
through my own pain and need
let me learn to understand

Reach through our sadness
let it be joy

Lord make me a channel of your peace.
Track Name: Bobby's song
He'll cross the sea today
beautiful blue today
ferry's rolling in
To the croft that waits
and the cows who stand and look
for him every day.

Watch the Burg today
waterfalls giving way
to the sea below.

The sea it's wild today
ferry's kept at bay
safe in the Bullhole
And the croft that waits
and the cows who stand and look
won't see him today.

A touch of frost today
watch it slowly melt away
and the moon high in the afternoon sky
To the croft that waits
and the cows who stand and look
for him every day.
Track Name: Lovers
Come kiss me my love
How I long for you
And I long for me too

Watching her sleep
So gentle and sweet
My only lover
I trace with my eyes
The touch of her skin
And softly she breathes on me

But she had no words able to reach me.

Beautiful and tall
Sensual and slight
Our lovers they watch us
Watching us fall
Stumble and crawl
With this dis-ease

But there were no words I had to tell you this.

Come kiss me my love
How I long for you
But longed for me more

My heart it was full
Broken and full
And gently it beats for you

But there were no tears able to flow on you, my love.

Beautiful and tall
Sensual and slight
Our lovers they watch us
Watching us try
Fumble and shy
So fragile to hold

I followed the tears they lead to my wings.
Track Name: Unfolding
I hold this dream so tenderly
I cup this fire so carefully
I breathe in life so lovingly
The light it grows so beautifully

I hold this dream so tenderly
I hold this dream so carefully
I hold this dream so tearfully
The light it grows so beautifully
Track Name: Storyteller
Hey storyteller can you tell me
why you chose such a sad song?
And storyteller can you tell me
what happens to your words after they’re heard?
Cause there’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than we could ever know.

Hey teacher can you tell me
why you chose to work late tonight?
Hey teacher can you tell me
how did you know what he never said?
Cause there’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than we could ever know.

Hey counsellor can you tell me
what made you laugh just then?
Hey counsellor can you tell me
how did you know what not to say?
Cause there’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than still to be.

Hey gardener can you tell me
what makes this plant here grow?
Hey gardener can you tell me
why did you sow your seeds today?
Because there’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than you could ever know.

Cause there’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than we could ever know.

Hey bird can you tell me
how you knew to fly south today?
Hey bird can you tell me
what makes you know the right way to go?

There’s so much more than we could know.
There’s so much more than we could feel
in this world of ours I know, there’s more than we could ever know.