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The Dreams And The Daring

The Dreams And The Daring

The Dreams And The Daring

Produced by Kenny Dread and Miranda McCarthy

Recorded by Brian Casey at Wavefield Studios
Additional Recording by Kenny Dread and Claire Supervie

Photography by Miranda McCarthy and Hesta McCarthy-Fisher
Thanks to Paul Conklin/Panoramic Images

Written by Miranda McCarthy

©℗ 2021 Miranda McCarthy

THANK YOU Kenny for your talent and skill, steadfast belief, resilience and impeccable manners. Corina for gorgeous singing, sharing, caring and fierce trusting. Dave for all the excellent music and mischief. Alyanya for making the time when your hands and days were already full and adding the beauty of your voice to the songs. Dolcie for magical fiddle melodies with your newborn baby. Claire for saying yes and your wonderful flute part. Jo and Rosa for hearing, supporting, believing and loving my songs. Mary at Ma Murphy’s and Barry at Box of Frogs for creating musical haunts, and all those who are part of the Bantry music scene. My family for your loving, laughter and teasing. Vinnie for letting us record in your home. Julie for listening, looking and reflecting, and for your support, feedback and your love.

Wishing Away

When you wake into the morning
Feel the stillness in your heart
Touch the shadows slowly moving
Watch the new day start to start

Are you wishing away
The winter rain in the trees?
Are you wishing away
Those nights when the stars hardly breathe?
Are you wishing away
When the light barely shines from the skies?
Are you wishing away?

Mirror me
Mirror me
Mirror me with the light from the moon
Falling across the window
Now

Are you wishing away
The winter rain in the trees?
Are you wishing away
Those nights when the stars hardly breathe?
Are you wishing away
When the light barely shines from the skies?
Are you wishing away?

This brand new day
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread acoustic guitar, bass
Dave Warnes mandolin
Dolcie Ross Keogh violin
Peter O’Sullivan drums

You’re Still Here

Are you asking me to lie to you?
Are you asking me to hide?
Are you asking me to close my eyes?
Are you telling me goodbye?

You were in my dreams last night
You are in my head today
You’ve become the song again

You’re still in me
You’re still here

Find me by the ocean
Find me at your door
Find me yet again believing
Find me dreaming us once more
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread electric guitar
Dave Warnes mandolin

Across Bright Water

Hidden in mist and wild spring waves
Dream summer sun upon my arms
On the boat across bright water
To the island in the sun

The hope that rises in the morning
First breath of light the sweet new air
The sand clear washed by the night time tide
The aching beauty of the day

Oh follow me in the darkness
Follow me in the light
Follow me in the dreams in the daring
Walk with me to this wild place
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread electric guitar, bass
Claire Supervie flute

Running Wild

Let the wind blow
Let the ocean weave its timeless wave through me
Let the sun shine
Let the fire burn bright and reach its flames to me

Find me here
Find me running wild

Let the earth breathe
Let the moon pull on the tide and pull on me
Let the blue blue of a clear noon sky
Unfold its wings to me

Find me here
Find me running wild

Finding the way that the river runs
Flowing through
Oh carry me
Carry me home
Sun in the west with the shadows tall
Setting slow
Oh promise me
Promise me well
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread nylon string guitar
Dave Warnes mandolin

To Your River

The time it’s taken me
To find what’s taken me
This time
You’ve taken me
This time
I find

Just take me to your river
And float me down
And make me part
Part of the clan bring the light to the sky

And hold me deep in your arms tonight
Hold me in the shadow of the moon
Its light
Its light to shine the way
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass
Dave Warnes mandolin
Peter O’Sullivan drums, tambourine

Queen Méabh

I drove with Queen Méabh
And the fear curling inside of me

Like no tomorrow will bring
No tomorrow will bring
No tomorrow will bring the sunrise

It hollowed me out
Stripped me down
Laid me bare

I swam the soft lake
With the yellow lilies
In all their grace knowing

Tomorrow will bring
That tomorrow will bring
That tomorrow will bring the sunrise

Feel the falling
Trust the coming home again
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread electric guitar, 12-string guitar
Dave Warnes mandolin

The Heather

On heathland high I set my heart to fly
In bog lands low I held my ground
The heather is all you know and all you carry
It’s what you feel and how you dream

The water is deep
The river so wide runs through me
Dare to tell the story
Dare to sing the song and through me

Long fingered lands are bound with stories
Tales to tell and words to weave
Of rooted ones that guide and heal us
Feed our bodies
Move our minds

The water is deep
The river so wide runs through me
Dare to tell the story
Dare to sing the song and through me

I’ll be there for the winter
I’ll be there for the spring
I’ll be there till the summer sun is high
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Corina Thornton singing
Kenny Dread nylon string guitar
Dave Warnes mandolin
Dolcie Ross Keogh solo violin
Liam Kenneally violin

From Loving You

Oh the light has faded now on the place we lay
And the days’re still changing now in the life we made
And the ways we do things now are a different way
One step forward onwards
All I can do today

From loving you

And I will watch the way the wind moves on the water
And I will find the way the sun stretches the sky
And I will let the long nights drive me forward
And I will wish on hilltops layered in gold

From loving you

I will fly again
I will be sure again
I will be fine again
And I will dream again
Miranda McCarthy singing, acoustic guitar
Alyanya Massey singing
Kenny Dread acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass
Dave Warnes mandolin