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Meaning of the song "The Voice" By Brendan Graham

I am trying to find some possible meanings to the text of this song, "The Voice" by Brendan Graham. The Celtic Women sing it, and it's beautiful. I'm just not exactly sure what to tell my students about the meaning of the words. Anyone out there used this, and what did you tell your students?
 
We talk A LOT about text in class, so this is very important to me. Thanks.
on January 12, 2010 8:51am
 The "I" is the earth.  Id id it last year with my women's choir and dance troop.  It was spectacular.
on May 29, 2014 9:47pm
Geneva:   (I wish I had found this message of yours years ago.  Let us hope my responce finds you!) I too have been moved by the deep and passionate content of those lyrics.  Here is a possibility.  I would like to suggest that you read the "Confessio" of St Patrick, a personal testamony of St Patrick and his life.  In this 4-5 century sacred literature, attributed by some to have been written by St Patriick, but not included in the Bible, Patrick, the assumed author, writes of his experience as a young Roman captured by Irish pirates in Roman England, carried back to Ireland, and sold as a slave to Celtic chieftains to tend sheep flocks.  His eventual escape and subsequent triumph is attributed to a prophetic vision and message he receives from the Holy Spirit that he refers to as "The Voice".  This experience leads and motivates him a miraculous escape from his captivity in Ireland, a journey back to Gaul, a province in what was now the collapsing Roman empire, and to a monastic life in a cloistered monestary on the Normandy coast.  Years later, due to his knowledge of the Celts, he is recruited to join a group of Catholic Clergy, directed by the pope, to attempt yet another effort to evangelize pagan Ireland.  We know the story of his love of the Irish and his success with freeing them from their pagan bondage.  He attributes it all to "The Voice" of God and the message that inspired him.   Read the "Confessio" and then listen to Brendan Graham's lyrics.   I have attempted to contact Mr. Graham myself through an Irish literature message exchange.  I had hoped to inquire if the account given of "The Voice" in the "Confessio"  did contribute to some of his beautiful and passionate lyrics.  I wondered if the "inspiration" lives on!   I have not yet heard from Mr Graham.
 
on May 31, 2014 4:01am
While Brendan is a very well read and intelligent man the song comes over very much in the vein of most Celtic generic songs. I admit to writin similar lyrics myself, and really they are only for atmosphereic effect - of zero literary merit. When non Irish choirs sing material like this THEY infuse their passion into such material. It may help also to explain why groups such as Celtic Woman have made no impact in Ireland.

Lets see - talk about some mysterious internal journey, add natural imagery - indicate sometimes that you are the muse inherent in nature. Keep it simple and accessible.

If you want the real deal read early Irish poetry in translation. You'll see what all this is based on. Its modern Irish songwriting infused with a flavour of the past. Go to the source. When stuff like this actually meant something real. No offence to Brendan, as he is a fine lyric writer. Read Pangur Ban - check out my own Sleepsong on youtube (wish I had written the original lyric of that).

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