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The Man in the Mountain

by Bróna McVittie

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1.
You lie in the depth of my field In the depth of my field I see you through the window Your eyes are yellow in the morning You are the green man You are the green man Your arms are made from ash Your moy is sycamore You are the green man You are the green man
2.
I have a daughter made of sound She lifts me up when I am down She is the light between the clouds And from the sky at night She calls me Take me closer to Closer to the sun Take me closer to the sun Two can become one Two can become one Two can become one Inside the sun
3.
Mother, I saw a man lying over there There where the mountain meets the sky Is he sleeping or is he dead? He lay down a very long time ago After three days fighting with rocks and with his bare hands He said he was the giant of the summer time The man in the mountain The man in the mountain The man in the mountain I saw the sun fall out of the sky today I saw the moon the same high up in the sky Can you see him lying where the mountain meets the sky? Oh why? The man in the mountain The man in the mountain The man in the mountain And he was fighting with the giant of the winter All the way across Carlingford Lough And the in end he killed the giant with the Cloughmore Stone The man in the mountain The man in the mountain The man in the mountain
4.
I’ll remember It rained for the kiss It rained You hold me Enraptured in bliss I’ll remember this I’ll remember
5.
Sitting on my doorstep as the mist is slowly rising from the shore Morning she has broken and her dappled shadows fall around my door And the mountains are obscured by clouds I can feel you everywhere around You are laughing in the meadow as you run around the monkey-puzzle tree The great old oak stands silent as we squirrel up her acorns underneath She has been here for a thousand years And she’s watching as we face our fears She has been here
6.
Well like the rising day Eileen Aroon Love sends his early ray Eileen Aroon What makes his dawning glow Changeless through joy and woe Only the constant know Eileen Aroon I knew a valley fair Eileen Aroon I knew a cottage there Eileen Aroon Far from that valley’s shade I knew a gentle maid Flower of the hazel glade Eileen Aroon Were she no longer true Eileen Aroon What would her lover do? Eileen Aroon Fly with his broken chains Far o’er the bounding mains Never to love again Eileen Aroon Youth must with time decay Eileen Aroon Beauty must fade away Eileen Aroon Castles are sacked in war Chieftains are scattered far Truth is a fixed star Eileen Aroon
7.
Dear thoughts are in my mind And my soul soars enchanted As I hear the sweet lark sing In the clear air of the day For a tender beaming smile To my hope has been granted And tomorrow she shall hear All my fond heart would say I shall tell her all my love All my soul’s adoration And I think she shall hear And will not say me nay It is this that gives my soul All of its joyous elation As I hear the sweet lark sing In the clear air of the day
8.
In the secret garden We live in the secret garden Where the crystal waters flow Eating pomegranates Seed by seed we know Love Incarnate Here the roses grow In the secret garden We live in the secret garden
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10.
The clouds all cover the sky As we climb out of bed And we start wondering If the sun is dead The moon kissed the sun today And then day turned to night The moon hid the sun’s bright rays Behind a sad smile And as they held their embrace We sat in the dark And the birds they ceased to sing And the stars came out The moon kissed the sun today And then day turned to night The moon hid the sun’s bright rays Behind a sad smile The moon kissed the sun today And then day turned to night The moon hid the sun’s bright rays

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No. 4 out of 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020 ★★★★ The Guardian

“McVittie’s voice is clear, hypnotic and uncannily timeless, floating between Broadcast’s Trish Keenan and Clannad’s Moya Brennan. A fantastic, exploratory record that draws you in” ★★★★ Mojo

“The Man In The Mountain’s predecessor was one of the best releases of 2018, but somehow Brona McVittie has surpassed herself. There is an added maturity, a new breadth of influence, and a creative control that sets this album apart. But she never loses the wide-eyed sense of wonder at the poetry of the natural world. If she set out to reflect that beauty and that wonder in music, she has succeeded admirably” Folk Radio UK

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released September 2, 2020

All songs composed and arranged by Bróna, except 2 co-written; 6 co-arranged with Isan; 4 co-written with Myles Cochran; 7 co-arranged with Arve Henriksen

Bróna McVittie (vocals, harp, guitar, theremin)

Myles Cochran (steel guitar 1-9); Richard Curran (cello 1, 3, 5, 8); Hutch Demouilpied (trumpet 10); Isan = Robin Saville & Antony Ryan (electronics 2, 6); Anne Garner (flute 1, 5); Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics 7); Marius Rodrigues (drums 5)

Co-produced by Bróna & Myles, Mastered at Mineur Studios, France

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Bróna McVittie Northern Ireland, UK

Pioneering her own brand of cosmic folk, Bróna McVittie both deftly reimagines traditional folk and crafts her own nature- inspired songs with a rich mix of folk and electronic instruments. As The Guardian describes it “You’re put in the place of a bird navigating wide open landscapes, absorbing light, space and air. This is music that takes you on its wing, and gives you fresh visions” ... more

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