Iona

Safe within these shores
I feel no conflict here
I feel my spirit soar
Within this sanctuary

Iona, Iona

There are no ghosts to haunt me
There is no blood upon this land
No power to make me fear
No hour of darkness here

Iona, Iona

All bathed in emerald
Out of the mist arise
I see the stones appear
A cross before my eyes

Iona, Iona, Iona…

— Iona, Iona (1990)

Kramer’s Wall

In the land of apathy
There’s a pretty girl who waits for me
I was standing there when she looked down
From Kramer’s wall at the edge of town

I stayed till all the rest were gone
My pretty girl, she stood alone
She wouldn’t leave, I asked her why
And this, my friends, was her reply

She said—
Shadows fly away from me
I cannot face the light you see
But if they come I’ll fight them all
While I’m standing here on Kramer’s wall

What injustice had decreed
This lonely life she had to lead?
I pitied her but didn’t stay
And the road I followed passed away

From that day on I had no rest
My heart kept burning in my chest
I couldn’t stand my fatal choice
For every night I heard her voice

She said—
If you are who I hope you are
You can never run too far
I will never let you fall
I’m watching you from Kramer’s wall

I realized I would rather be
In chains with her than alone and free
For she had shown the kind of love
The greatest ones had been made of

Her haunting words inside my head
Revived the heart I thought was dead
So I took the higher call
And stood with her on Kramer’s wall

I said—
Everything may come undone
The sky may fall and rend the sun
But you and I are standing tall
Here on top of Kramer’s wall

Nothing breaks the lover’s soul
Nothing makes the young grow old
Except the time that kills us all
But there is no time on Kramer’s wall

I will never let you fall
I will stand with you on Kramer’s wall.

A Horse and His Boy, Trilogy EP

Sleep

The evening hangs beneath the moon
A silver thread on darkened dune
With closing eyes and resting head
I know that sleep is coming soon

Upon my pillow, safe in bed
A thousand pictures fill my head
I cannot sleep, my mind’s a-flight
And yet my limbs seem made of lead

If there are noises in the night
A frightening shadow, flickering light
Then I surrender unto sleep
Where clouds of dream give second sight

What dreams may come, both dark and deep
Of flying wings and soaring leap
As I surrender unto sleep,
As I surrender unto sleep.

—Charles Anthony Silvestri

Freedom chorus

I’m in love with freedom
I’m in love with wide blue open sky
I’m in love with a life poured forth
From a Servant’s piercèd side
I’m a slave with freedom
I am free, though body they may bind
‘Cause my name is written on the hand
Of the Man who was before there was time.

– “Freedom” (chorus)
Brother Down, To the Black Land (2003)

There You Are

I stood on that Cherokee Plain,
And the Cimeron broke free and jumped its banks
All in a rush of life.
The thunderhead roared out its song,
And it gave what was too much for it to hold.
And so must I.

And You light the sun to lead me.
Send the wind to be my guide.
Just the wonder of this prairie,
So lonely and so alive.
And the song the moon is singin’
With the rain and with the fire.

Says there You are.
(There You are)
There You are
In front of me.

The antelopes’ white flashing flanks
Sparked in the heart of the Cheyenne breaks,
Only to disappear.
Just like this memory of what once was my home.
And as I move beyond everything I’ve known,
You pull me near.

And You light the sun to lead me.
Send the wind to be my guide.
Just the wonder of this prairie,
So lonely and so alive.
And the song the moon is singin’
With the rain and with the fire.

Says there You are…

And Your kingdom sings of a glory.
Of a power that is Yours alone.
And You’re the one breathed into the many.
You’re faith, You’re love, and the hope.
As we lay our hearts before You
Our hands are free to let go.

And there You are.
(There You are)
There You are
In front of me.

– “There You Are”,
Rich Mullins, Canticle of the Plains

Mountain of God

Sometimes I think of where it is I’ve come from
And the things I’ve left behind
But of all I’ve had and what I possessed
Nothing can quite compare with what’s in front of me
With what’s in front of me

Even though the journey’s long
And I know the road is hard
Well, the One who’s gone before me
He will help me carry on
After all that I’ve been through
Now I realize the truth
That I must go through the valley
To stand upon the mountain of God

– “Mountain of God” (excerpt),
Third Day, Wherever You Are (2005)

Fantaisie Sign

Une promenade et l’univers si loin
Après une cascade, son nom c’est toujours toi
Une escapade, la vie est dans les bois
Et puis une ballade, son sujet c’est toujours toi
Une promenade et l’univers si loin
Après une cascade, son nom c’est toujours toi

C ‘est comme le vert des champs, et
Comme un oiseau qui vole
C’est toujours toi
C’est toujours moi
Toujours le rocher de la nuit nue

Comme un enfant qui voile
Ton passé comme drôle
C’est toujours toi
C’est toujours moi
Sur les ailes de la joue du grand amour

Dans cette époque cybernique
Pleine de gens informatique
C’est la seul fantasy ici
Pour toujours
C’est toujours moi
C’est toujours toi

C’est toujours moi
C’est toujours toi
Toujours ce rocher de la nuit nue

Comme la si douce Montegu
Le bleu du ciel bien aperçu
C’est la seule fantasy ici
Pour toujours
C’est toujours toi
C’est toujours moi
Pour toujours
En dehors des jours
Et des jours
C’est toujours toi et moi

– Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, No Disc: Cowboy Bebop OST 2

Call Me Call Me

I close my eyes and I keep seeing things
Rainbow waterfalls, sunny liquid dreams
Confusion creeps inside me raining down
Got to get to you, but I don’t know how

Call me, call me
Let me know it’s alright
Call me, call me
Don’t you think it’s now time
Please won’t you call and
Ease my mind
Reasons for me to find you
Piece of mine
What can I do to get me to you?

I had your number quite some time ago
Back when we were young
But I had to go
Ten thousand years I’ve searched, it seems enough
Got to get to you, won’t you tell me how

Call me, call me
Let me know you are there
Call me, call me
I wanna know you still care
Come on now won’t you
Ease my mind
Reasons for me to find you
Peace of mind
What can I do to get me to you?

 

– Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, Blue: Cowboy Bebop OST 3

Somewhere in the Silence

Clouds of another life
Wash across the sunlight
Changing shape as they go by
Thought I saw your face there
But like them you just–

–disappear
Disappear into empty sky
Quietly
So removed from reason
Hey
Have you ever had to reason?
Hey

The eagle comes and goes
To somewhere much higher
When the silence grows
Can you hear it, sniper?

Visions and memories
Where some one once laid flowers
For the past and things to come
Thought you were gone
But I can feel you
So I –

–turn around
Turn around, yes, and there you are
Here again
Can you give it some meaning?
Hey
ask again, but you say nothing
Hey

Motion without sound
Ice inside the fire
The stillness in the storm
Silence hides the sniper

Eagles come and go
To someplace much higher
When the silence grows
Can you hear it, sniper?

What goes through your sniper’s mind?…

– “Somewhere in the Silence (Sniper’s Theme)”
Yoko Kanno, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society