When the dark wood fell before me
And all the paths were overgrown
When the priests of pride say there is no other way
I tilled the sorrows of stone

I did not believe because I could not see
Though you came to me in the night
When the dawn seemed forever lost
You showed me your love in the light of the stars

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

Then the mountain rose before me
By the deep well of desire
From the fountain of forgiveness
Beyond the ice and fire

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me

Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars

Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We'll rise above these earthly cares

Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me
Please remember me



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Dante's Prayer song meanings
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    General Comment:This song has a lot of personal meaning to me, for a lot of different reasons. The biggest reason is in the first two verses:
    "When the dark wood fell before me
    And all the paths were overgrown
    When the priests of pride say there is no other way
    I tilled the sorrows of stone

    I did not believe because I could not see
    Though you came to me in the night
    When the dawn seemed forever lost
    You showed me your love in the light of the stars"

    This is EXACTLY how things were with my spirit-guide, Lugh. The priests said that my beliefs were wrong. But then I met Lugh in my dreams, and I can't believe that I'm wrong anymore.
    To me, this song IS Lugh. It seems like it was written almost from my soul to him...though I can't take credit for writing it. If my soul wrote a song, then it would be this one. It reminds me that my Lugh is here for me, and that he can help me.
    Rinyavieon August 26, 2002   Link
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    Song Meaning:There are a lot of great ideas of the interpretation into the meaning of this song. I think, as will all music, the meaning for everyone is personal. It is the stirring of emotion in each of us that moves us when we hear music like this.
    I tried desperately for such a long time to find meaning for myself with regard to this song, and eventually I found it.

    However, I was fortunate enough to see Loreena in concert at Massey Hall in Toronto in the late 90's. Prior to her singing her songs, she would often relate to the listening audience what inspired her to write it. As best I can recall, this was her story for Dante's Prayer. As many of you know, Loreena travels the world extensively to find inspiration for her music and expose herself to different cultures. Wouldn't we all want to do this, given the chance? In any case, on the occasion of her inspiration for Dante's Prayer, she was riding on a trans - Siberian train and indeed reading The Divine Comedy. She recounted that since there was no dining car on the train, it would stop at various towns along the way and the riders were given exactly 20 minutes to leave the train and buy food from the locals who lived in the town and would come to the train to greet and sell to the passengers. This would have happened perhaps once or twice throughout the day.
    There was an attendant on the train, a woman, who would come around and seem very grumpy and rather miserable in general. At first, Loreena simply dismissed her demeanor as one of culture. One time, after Loreena had re-boarded the train after buying some food from locals, the woman came by. Loreena stopped her and gave her some of the food that she had bought, simply as an act of kindness. The woman remarked with a surprised smile and a countenance that reminded Loreena about the story that she was reading in the Divine Comedy. In that moment, she discovered her muse for the song and thought that she would never forget the look of gratitude on the attendants face, being sure that no one else had ever taken the time to consider the woman as she travelled back and forth, day after day, year after year through the dark harshness of Siberia. Loreena hoped that on some of those dark moments, the woman would remember her and perhaps return the smile to her face. And so the song was born.

    Now, go back and listen again to the song and think of this story and see what images it conjures for you.

    Enjoy!
    A BIG Loreena Fan
    roblelon March 11, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:This is one of my favourite songs, it has such a power in it. To me, it's a sort of communication between
    God and me, or another person.

    'When the dark wood fell before me
    And all the paths were overgrown
    When the priests of pride say there is no other way
    I tilled the sorrows of stone'

    When my life got dark
    And I couldn't find my way out
    When the priests of pride said it was hopeless
    I got so vulnerable and sad

    'I did not believe because I could not see
    Though you came to me in the night
    When the dawn seemed forever lost
    You showed me your love in the light of the stars'

    I did not believe because I couldn't see
    But You came to me in the night
    When the light in my life seemed forever lost
    You showed me your love in the light of the stars

    [i]'Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me'

    Lift your eyes up and see My love
    I'm always here for you
    When the light in your life seems forever lost,
    Please remember Me, I'm here for you[/i]

    'Then the mountain rose before me
    By the deep well of desire
    From the fountain of forgiveness
    Beyond the ice and fire'

    Then there was another dark mountain
    By the well of my desire
    From the fountain of forgiveness
    Beyond the ice and fire

    [i]'Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me'

    Lift your eyes up and see My love
    I'm always here for you
    When the light in your life seems forever lost,
    Please remember Me, I'm here for you[/i]

    'Though we share this humble path, alone
    How fragile is the heart
    Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
    To touch the face of the stars'

    Though we walk the lifepath alone, with all our feelings and emotions,
    Our heart is fragile
    Give me wings to fly above this path
    To see your love in the light of the stars

    'Breathe life into this feeble heart
    Lift this mortal veil of fear
    Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
    We'll rise above these earthly cares'

    Take my sorrows away and show me Your love
    Lift me up above this wood
    Take these crying hopes of fear
    We will rise above this earthly cares

    [i]'Cast your eyes on the ocean
    Cast your soul to the sea
    When the dark night seems endless
    Please remember me
    Please remember me'

    Lift your eyes up and see My love
    I'm always here for you
    When the light in your life seems forever lost,
    Please remember Me, I'm here for you[/i]
    xYourGuardianAngelon October 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:Loreena has actually stated that she wrote this song about Dante's Inferno. I think it is a beautiful interpretation of the song.
    faerie2007on June 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Everyone has their own interpretation and perception of a song, a day, a moment, a book, etc. The person who wrote about their spirit guide Lugh, I think it's courageous for anyone to write about what is in their hearts and souls. May we all find support and compassion, empathy and unity. All I know is that listening to this song brought so many emotions forth, it awakens the soul. Just close your eyes and feel the music course through your veins and her beautiful voice enter your world. We all have different experiences. It's nice if we all have someone to help us. I think it's important that what we believe in is of a positive and purity of essence, without negativity or toxic energies. I think that this song is about love, being loved, experiencing love, accepting love. Isn't that what makes the world go 'round? Peace'n love to all :)
    alicatplh777on September 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Memory:I bought this album for the Mummer's Dance and fell in love with this song instead. I remember my dad hearing it when I'd play it too loud as a teenager and he'd yell through the door to "play that song again." And I would, because I wanted to hear it again too, and a third time, too. He died in October of 2011, five days after my 34th birthday. We talked the day before. Chest pains, but the doctors assured him after all the tests that it's not his heart. He died early the next morning. I listen to this song to remember him. I miss him.
    Edbrookson September 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:This, to me, is a song about suicide, by the person committing it. Almost as though it's a suicide note made into a song.

    More appropriately it suits someone who had their wife/husband/partner/significant other, leave them, and they cannot go on living without them.
    holdouton February 09, 2014   Link
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    General Comment:Both of you made me smile and laugh out loud! Rinyavie, you have to admit, "Lugh" is a ummmm lame name for a spirit guide. But, hey if it works....
    As for you, de luce decessi, you are very funny and I'm happy to share one of my favorite artists with you anytime.
    pardeson March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I'm surprised to find other people who like listening to her! No one where I live has ever heard of her. This is one of my favorites from her, but that's not saying much because all the songs I've heard of hers I've really liked. This song has such a sad, beautiful sound. I don't know about spirit guides, and personally I don't think they exist unless they're demons, but this song is awesome.
    MrReallyBigBadManon April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I really like this song. I don't know if spirit guides really exist I personally like saints.
    highwayman86on May 08, 2005   Link

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