Stars were falling deep in the darkness
as prayers rose softly, petals at dawn
And as I listened, your voice seemed so clear
so calmly you were calling your god

Somewhere the sun rose, o'er dunes in the desert
such was the stillness, I ne'er felt before
Was this the question, pulling, pulling, pulling you
in your heart, in your soul, did you find rest there?

Elsewhere a snowfall, the first in the winter
covered the ground as the bells filled the air
You in your robes sang, calling, calling, calling him
in your heart, in your soul, did you find peace there?

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    General CommentI wonder if the song is about Jesus in the desert praying/worshipping his god. Later, Jesus is know "full circle" - the worshipper becomes the worshipped. Just an idea. A very beautiful song.
    OhioGeorgeon July 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI saw her perform earlier this month in Atlanta. There are no words to express what an otherworldly experience. BRAVO. She sang Full Circle at the closing song. Thought I would faint. Had goosebumps all over. That being said I always thought this song had to do with her losing her fiancé in such a horrific way in 1998. That she could hear him calling and her wanting to know that he was peaceful.
    Dcherveyon January 16, 2017   Link
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    General CommentAhhhh man, where are the comments! This song is beautiful! First heard it on Due South, gorgeous song
    Sirius1on March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE Loreena McKennitt! I just clicked on the latest comment, and it took me here. I always see Loreena McKennitt in town (I live in Stratford). She is an all-around beautiful lady.
    Silent_Hitman009on March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSince Loreena has traveled throughout the entire world, and I believe she tends to write her lyrics based on folk stories, legends, and things she's seen and experience. I could not really guess what religious man she met, because I'm supposing this song was written after seeing a certain situation; a certain man.

    I guess her meaning is of wonder and curiosity. Does the man find peace in his search for his god? Is he content? Were his questions answered? I'm guessing the "religion" she is somwhat refering to might be of oriental beliefs, because of the mention of bells and robes; however, I guess that could apply to many other priest wardrobe and utilities.

    Anyways, wonderful song. It always gives me a sense of peace.
    Ithiliumon August 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was really surprised at the lack of comments on this song. This is probably my favorite Loreena McKennitt song after her version of The Highway Man. I always put it on when I just need to chill out and be at peace.
    When I looked at these lyrics I immediately got a sense of a comparison going on between two cultural groups. I feel that McKennitt is trying to promote religious tolerence in this song in such an artful and captivating way
    Here's how I broke it down:
    It's known that McKennitt likes to mix both celtic and middle eastern music, so I got out of it that she is comparing Islam and Christianity, two major religions that have been in major conflict throughout the years.
    First she talks of someone chanting at sunrise (which if I'm not mistaken is a tradition in Islam) and see then says "Somewhere the sun rose, o'er dunes in the desert" which puts my mind in the middle east geographically.
    Then in the following verse she says "Elsewhere a snowfall, the first in the winter" which makes me think of Europe, where Christianity was very prevalent around the times of the Crusades. She also refers to bells and robes which again makes me think of Christianity.
    She says that both the person in what is assumed to be the middle east tand the person it what can be assumed is Europe are singing to and calling to a god. The fact that she uses the possessive "your" before god also establishes a difference between the gods.
    Although she sets up this contrast she also uses a linking force as well she I believe makes this song all the more powerful. She asks both people (assuming that "you" refers once to the middle eastern person and next to the european person separately) "in your heart, in your soul, did you find peace there"
    It is this one line that links the two different religions together. McKennitt, in my inturpertation is basically saying this: You both worship your god and you both have a common goal: to find peace within yourselves and with your god. If you are so similar why are you fighting? I even feel that this message can be extended to a tolerance of all religions different from your own.
    Overall a beautiful song with a beautiful message :D
    heartsandcrossboneson December 01, 2010   Link

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