Music of Ecstasy

The following is my Ecstasy playlist.  I’d love to just turn it on and dance in ecstasy for an hour or so, but I never have the time.  Some of them are great for ecstatic trance, and I’ve used some of them that way.

  1. A Place in the Hills – Bethany de Maio
  2. Harvest of The Moon – Steeleye Span
  3. We Will Dance – David Ruis
  4. The Old Ways – Loreena McKennitt
  5. Shalott – Emilie Autumn
  6. The Lady Of Shalott – Loreena McKennitt
  7. All Souls Night – Loreena McKennitt
  8. Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord – Andy Park
  9. The Mystic Dream – Loreena McKennitt
  10. Starkindler – Michael Card
  11. Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble? – Delirious?
  12. The Bonny Swans – Loreena McKennitt

1. A Place in the Hills – Bethany de Maio

There’s a place in the hills that I love to roam
Where the bracken shines gold in the light of the sun
There I am reminded of strength of the one
Who guards my soul from all evil

In the fire of the candle or the light of the moon
You will see that my eyes are still smiling for you
For there’s no other love that warms my heart
The tender way that you do

Like the flight of the eagle my spirit does soar
To be found in your presence
I couldn’t want more
For when I am there I know fullness of joy
And a peace beyond understanding

It’s so soothing to walk through valleys of green
By high rugged crags and cool mountain streams
Though troubled times come and nations are torn
God’s word will never be shaken

As the speed of the deer is so swift and so sure
I know that my Savior he’ll come back once more
To gather his people from all tribes and lands
‘Till then, I’ll wait for my bridegroom
‘Till then, I’ll wait for my bridegroom
‘Till then I’ll wait for my bridegroom

2. Harvest of the Moon – Steeleye Span
All the husbands and the wives
We were dancing for our lives
All to the tune of Elsie Marley
Instead of gathering up our differences
And throwing them in the air
And giving them to the wind that shakes the barley
And the children they were watching
Every girl and every girl
As we danced to the tune of Elsie Marley
But they’d heard another tune
From the harvest of the moon
That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley
The Bridget she declared
That she was not prepared
To watch us dance to the tune of Elsie Marley
She said I’ll sing you all a song
And you’ll want to sing along
If you listen to the wind that shakes the barley
And the song that she sang
Could be heard for miles around
The air was full of harmony
You should have heard the sound
As we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley
All the husbands and the wives
We were dancing for our lives
All to the tune of Elsie Marley
Until we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley
Then all of us declared
That we were not prepared
To dance our lives away with Elsie Marley
For we’d heard another tune
From the harvest of the moon
That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley
And the song that we sang
Could be heard for miles around
The air was full of harmony
You should have heard the sound
As we gathered up our differences
And threw them in the air
And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

3. We Will Dance – David Ruis

Sing a song of celebration
Lift up a shout of praise
For the bridegroom will come
The glorious one
And oh we will look on his face
We’ll go to a much better place

And dance with all your might
Lift up your hands and clap for joy
The time’s drawing near
When he will appear
And oh we will stand by his side
A strong pure spotless bride

We will dance on the streets that are gold
The glorious pride at the great son of man
Let every tongue and tribe and nation
Rejoice in the song of the lamb

4. The Old Ways – Loreena McKennitt
The thundering waves are calling me home unto you
The pounding sea is calling me home unto you
On a dark new year’s night
On the west coast of Clare
I heard your voice singing
Your eyes danced the song
Your hands played the tune
T’was a vision before me.
We left the music behind as the dance carried on
As we stole away to the seashore
And smelt the brine, felt the wind in our hair
In sadness you paused.
Suddenly I knew that you’d have to go
Your world was not mine, your eyes told me so
Yet it was there I felt the crossroads of time
And I wondered why.
As we cast our gaze on the tumbling sea
A vision came o’er me
Of thundering hooves and beating wings
In clouds above.
As you turned to go I heard you call my name,
You were like a bird in a cage spreading its wings to fly
“The old ways are lost,” you sang as you flew
And I wondered why.

5. Shalott – Emilie Autumn

She’s locked up with a spinning wheel
She can’t recall what it was like to feel
She says, “This room’s gonna be my grave
And there’s no one who can save me,”
She sits down to her colored thread
She knows lovers waking up in their beds
She says, “How long can I live this way
Is there someone I can pay to let me go
‘Cause I’m half sick of shadows
I want to see the sky
Everyone else can watch as the sun goes down
So why can’t I

And it’s raining
And the stars are falling from the sky
And the wind
And the wind I know it’s cold
I’ve been waiting
For the day I will surely die
And it’s here
And it’s here for I’ve been told
That I’ll die before I’m old
And the wind I know it’s cold…”

She looks up to the mirrored glass
She sees a horse and rider pass
She says, “This man’s gonna be my death
‘Cause he’s all I ever wanted in my life
And I know he doesn’t know my name
And that all the girls are all the same to him
But still I’ve got to get out of this place
‘Cause I don’t think I can face another night
Where I’m half sick of shadows
And I can’t see the sky
Everyone else can watch as the tide comes in
So why can’t I

And it’s raining
And the stars are falling from the sky
And the wind
And the wind I know it’s cold
I’ve been waiting
For the day I will surely die
And it’s here
And it’s here for I’ve been told
That I’ll die before I’m old
And the wind I know it’s cold…”

But there’s willow trees
And little breezes, waves, and walls, and flowers
And there’s moonlight every single night
As I’m locked in these towers
So I’ll meet my death
But with my last breath I’ll sing to him I love
And he’ll see my face in another place,”
And with that the glass above

Her cracked into a million bits
And she cried out, “So the story fits
But then I could have guessed it all along
‘Cause now some drama queen is gonna write a song for me,”
She went down to her little boat
And she broke the chains and began to float away
And as the blood froze in her veins she said,
“Well then that explains a thing or two
‘Cause I know I’m the cursed one
I know I’m meant to die
Everyone else can watch as their dreams untie
So why can’t I

And it’s raining
And the stars are falling from the sky
And the wind
And the wind I know it’s cold
I’ve been waiting
For the day I will surely die
And it’s here
And it’s here for I’ve been told
That I’ll die before I’m old
And the wind I know it’s cold…”


And it’s raining
And the stars are falling from the sky
And the wind
And the wind I know it’s cold
I’ve been waiting
For the day I will surely die
And it’s here
And it’s here for I’ve been told
That I’ll die before I’m old
And the wind I know it’s cold…”

6. The Lady Of Shalott – Loreena McKennitt
On either side of the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the world and meet the sky;
And thro’ the field the road run by
To many-towered Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro’ the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.
Only reapers, reaping early,
In among the bearded barley
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly
Down to tower’d Camelot;
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers “’tis the fairy
The Lady of Shalott.”
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay,
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.
And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot;
And sometimes thro’ the mirror blue
The Knights come riding two and two.
She hath no loyal Knight and true,
The Lady Of Shalott.
But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
“I am half sick of shadows,” said
The Lady Of Shalott.
A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro’ the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel’d
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.
His broad clear brow in sunlight glow’d;
On burnish’d hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow’d
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode back to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
“Tirra Lirra,” by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.
She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces taro’ the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She looked down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror cracked from side to side;
“The curse is come upon me,” cried
The Lady of Shalott.
In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over towered Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And round about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott
And down the river’s dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance –
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.
Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turn’d to towered Camelot.
For ere she reach’d upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.
Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
And round the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.
Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, “She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott.”

7. All Souls Night – Loreena McKennitt

Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
Moving to the pagan sound.

Somewhere in a hidden memory
Images float before my eyes
Of fragrant nights of straw and of bonfires
And dancing till the next sunrise.

I can see lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All, All Souls Night.

Figures of cornstalks bend in the shadows
Held up tall as the flames leap high
The green knight holds the holly bush
To mark where the old year passes by.

I can see lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All, All Souls Night.

Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
And moving to the pagan sound.

Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me

8. Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord – Andy Park

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon you 

Because he has anointed you to preach good news 

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon you 

Because he has anointed you to preach good news 

He has sent you to the poor (This is the year) 

To bind up the broken hearted (This is the day) 

To bring freedom to the captives (This is the year) 

And to release the ones in darkness 
(This is the year) of the favour of the Lord 
(This is the day) of the vengeance of our God 
(This is the year) of the favour of the Lord 
(This is the day) of the vengeance of our God 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us 
Because he has anointed us to preach good news 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us 
Because he has anointed us to preach good news
He will comfort all who mourn (This is the year) 
He will provide for those who grieve (This is the day) 
He will pour out the oil of gladness (This is the year) 
Instead of mourning you will praise

9. The Mystic Dream – Loreena McKennitt

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It’s there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you

A painting hangs on an ivy wall
Nestled in the emerald moss
The eyes declare a truce of trust
And then it draws me far away
Where deep in the desert twilight
Sand melts in pools of the sky
When darkness lays her crimson cloak
Your lamps will call, call me home.

And so it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
And now I feel, feel you move
Every breath is full
So it’s there my homage’s due
Clutched by the still of the night
Even the distance feels so near
All for the love of you.

A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Birds in flight are calling there
Where the heart moves the stones
It’s there that my heart is longing for
All for the love of you.

10. Starkindler – Michael Card
A billion bright and Holy beams of a light that traveled far,
Began the trip from His fingertips to the wonder of the stars.
Affirm the signs and seasons, so silently they sing,
Of the wonder of their Kindler, of the power of their King.
O the firey suns above us, in the vast veil of the sky,
Are your servant flames of fire, are your silent holy guides.
And like the starlit Magi, may they guide our souls to you,
As they shine the light of awesome love into eyes that see anew.
A billion bright and Holy beams of a light that traveled far,
Began the trip from His fingertips to the wonder of the stars.
And like the starlit Magi, may they guide our souls to you,
As they shine the light of awesome love into eyes that see anew.

11. Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble? – Delirious?

Did you feel the mountains tremble?
Did you hear the oceans roar?
When the people rose to sing of
Jesus Christ the risen one

Did you feel the people tremble?
Did you hear the singers roar?
When the lost began to sing of
Jesus Christ the risen one

And we can see that God you’re moving
A mighty river through the nations
And young and old will turn to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

Open up the doors and let the music play
Let the streets resound with singing
Songs that bring your hope
Songs that bring your joy
Dancers who dance upon injustice

Did you feel the darkness tremble?
When all the saints join in one song
And all the streams flow as one river
To wash away our brokeness

And here we see that God you’re moving
A time of Jubilee is coming
When young and old return to Jesus
Fling wide your heavenly gates
Prepare the way of the risen Lord

12. The Bonny Swans – Loreena McKennitt
A farmer there lived in the north country
A hey ho bonny o
And he had daughters one, two, three
The swans swim so bonny o
These daughters they walked by the river’s brim
A hey ho bonny o
The eldest pushed the youngest in
The swans swim so bonny o
Oh sister, oh sister, pray lend me your hand
With a hey ho a bonny o
And I will give you house and land
The swans swim so bonny o
I’ll give you neither hand nor glove
With a hey ho a bonny o
Unless you give me your own true love
The swans swim so bonny o
Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
With a hey ho and a bonny o
Until she came to a miller’s dam
The swans swim so bonny o
The miller’s daughter, dressed in red
With a hey ho and a bonny o
She went for some water to make some bread
The swans swim so bonny o
Oh father, oh daddy, here swims a swan
With a hey ho and a bonny o
It’s very like a gentle woman
The swans swim so bonny o
They placed her on the bank to dry
With a hey ho and a bonny o
There came a harper passing by
The swans swim so bonny o
He made harp pins of her fingers fair
With a hey ho and a bonny o
He made harp strings of her golden hair
The swans swim so bonny o
He made a harp of her breast bone
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play alone
The swans swim so bonny o
He brought it to her father’s hall
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And there was the court, assembled all
The swans swim so bonny o
He laid the harp upon a stone
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play lone
The swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my father the King
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And yonder sits my mother the Queen
The swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my brother Hugh
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And by him William, sweet and true
The swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my false sister, Anne
With a hey ho and a bonny o
Who drowned me for the sake of a man
The swans swim so bonny o

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss