Part Four
Mike Oldfield Lyrics

Dah - yaa - naa
Looh - ooh - naa
Looh - she - naa

(repeat chorus 18 times)

Looh - naa
Looh - ooh - naa

(repeat chorus)

Dah - yaa - naa
Looh - she - naa
Looh - naa

Incantations part 2

(repeat chorus 3 times)

Looh - naa

(repeat chorus 3 times)

Looh - naa
Looh - naa

(repeat chorus)

Dah - yaa - naa
Looh - naa
Looh - she - naa
Looh - naeh

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thom fmify

Touching sense, hearts, then in 1978. Great Mike, always worshipping you and your art!!! Amities du Allemagne!!!!!

Never forget his sister Sally Oldfield, appearance on this album, now the lyrics:

The Song of Hiawatha:
By the shore of gitche gumee
By the shining big-sea-water
At the doorway of the wigwam
In the early summer morning

Hiawatha stood and waited
All the air was full of freshness
All the earth was bright and joyous
And before him through the sunshine

Westward toward the neighbouring forest
Passed in golden swams, the ahmo
Passed the bees, the honey-makers
Burning, singing in the sunshine

Bright above him shone the heavens
Level spread the lake before him;
From it's bosom leaped the sturgeon
Sparkling, flashing in the sunshine

On it's margin the great forest
Stood reflected in the water
Every tree-top had it's shadow
Motionless beneath the water

From the bow of hiawatha
Gone was every trace of sorrow
As the fog from off the water
As the mist of the meadow

With a smile of joy and gladness
With a look of exultation
As of one who in a vision
Sees what is to be, but is not

Stood and waited hiawatha
Toward the sun his hands were lifted
Both the palms spread out towards it
And between the parted fingers

Feel the sunshine on his features
Flecked with light his naked shoulders
As it falls and flecks an oak-tree
Through the rifted leaves and branches

O'er the water floating, flying
Something in the hazy distance
Something in the mist of morning
Loomed and lifted from the water
Now seemed floating, now seemed flying
Coming nearer, nearer, nearer
Was it shingebis, the diver?
Or the pelican, the shada?

Or the heron, the shuh-shuh-gah?
Or the white goose, waw-be-wawa,
With the water dripping, flashing
From it's glossy neck and feathers?

It was neither goose or diver
Neither pelican nor heron
O'er the water floating, flying
Through the shining mist of morning

But a birch canoe with paddles
Rising, sinking in the sunshine
Dripping, flashing in the sunshine
And within it came a people

Can it be the sun descending
O'er the level plain of water
Or the red swan floatin, flying
Wounded by the magic arrow

Staining all the waves with crimson
With the crimson of it's lifeblood
Filling all the air with splendour
Filling all the air with plumage

Yes, it is the sun descending
Sinking down into the water
All the sky is stained with purple
All the water flushed with crimson!

No, it is the red swan floating
Diving down beneath the water
To the sky it's wings are lifted
With it's blood the waves are reddened!

Over it the star of evening
Melts and trembles through the purple
Hangs suspended in the twilight
Walks in silence through the heavens!

'o-Dzin Tridral

Wonderful to find this and finally connect it with the Lyrics of Ben Johnson

They're not sung quite in this order, but they're all here.

From "Cynthia's Revels"

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.

Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heaven to clear, when day did close:
Bless us then with wished sight,
Goddess excellently bright.

Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal-shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever:
Thou that mak'st a day of night,
Goddess excellently bright.


Queen and huntress chaste and fair
Now the sun is laid to sleep
Seated in a silver chair
State in wonted manner keep
Earth let not an envious shade
Dare itself to inter pose
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heav'n to cheer when day did close
Lay the bow of pearl apart
And the crystal shining quiver
Give un to the flying hart
Space to breathe how short so ever
Hesper us entreats thy light
Goddess excellently bright
Bless us then with wished sight
Thou who makes a day of night

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Alan Healy

Possibly Mike's best piece ever, timeless.

henry whittaker

The Incantations album represents a rare high point in contemporary music, most likely never to be surpassed or equaled.

Paul Sheringham

Thank you to ABC TV. I remembering listening to this as a child and understanding the sadness and fragile beauty of this world.

David Mason

@Hughes Damien yes, with the frog's vocals by ... Ronnie James Dio

Vish Bartlett

I saw this just the once when I was 12, around 1982, (on ABC I think!) and I never saw it again but it stayed with me. Gives me goosebumps seeing it again.

Paul Sheringham

@Hughes Damien
And Jolanta by Earl Klugh, Voyager by Alan Parsons

Hughes Damien

This and the "Butterfly ball" !

Pagona Barbata

I remember watching this back in the early 80s on the ABC after school. Brings back many memories.

Mellow Fellow

Right between Danger Mouse and News Free Zone...

Stalin's Ghost

Maddy's voice brings tears to my eyes every time

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