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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Dead Can Dance Lyrics

I sat within the valley green
I sat me with my true love.
My sad heart strove the two between
The old love and the new love.
The old for her the new
That made me think on Ireland dearly.
While the soft wind blew down the glade
and shook the golden barley.
'Twas hard the woeful words to frame
To break the ties that bound us.
But harder still to bear the shame
of foreign chains around us.
And so I said the mountain glen
I'll meet at morning early.
And I'll join the bold united men
While soft winds shook the barley.
'Twas sad I kissed away her tears
My fond arm round her flinging.
When a foe, man's shot burst on our ears
From out the wild woods ringing.
A bullet pierced my true love's side
In life's young spring so early.
And on my breast in blood she died
While soft winds shook the barley.
But blood for blood without remorse
I've ta'en at oulart hollow.
I've lain my true love's clay like corpse
Where I full soon must follow.
Around her grave I've wandered drear
Noon, night, and morning early.
With breaking heart when e'er I hear
The wind that shakes the barley.

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Aj Holmes

Lisa has one of the most intense and beautiful voices my eardrums ever have had the honor to vibrate to. Saw them live in Seattle in '06

Brian Cullen

There is something of this song, it goes on past culture, division, even history. Something deeply spiritual. This is what a national anthem should be about.
It is Ireland's 'Finlandia'.

JP Beirne

I was totally reminded of my Irish soul.

SamataraM 3.6



She is just incredible. I saw them in Denver a long time ago. Front seats, beautiful venue. I got so so lucky!


I agree... this song comes to my mind when I get frustrated or stressed, and it just totally calms me.. not the only time I 'hear' it.. but it is so mesmerizing and meditative.. besides otherworldly.

Matt R.

One of the best versions of this famous Irish ballad. Lisa Gerrard's voice is a thing of beauty! This song is haunting & beautiful at the same time! It goes straight to my heart.❤️


With this music... with this voice... I can feel the Wind inside my Spirit.

Min Bee

Beautiful song and beautiful voice.

Carla McCuy

This is so incredibly beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes...

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