Clear light on a slick palm
As I mis-deal the day
Slip the night from a shaved pack
Make a marked card play
Call twilight hours down
From a heaven home
High above the highest bidder
For the good Lord's throne
In the wee hours I'll meet you
Down by Dun Ringill
Oh, and we'll watch the old gods play
By Dun Ringill
We'll wait in stone circles
'Till the force comes through
Lines joint in faint discord
And the storm watch brews
A concert of kings
As the white sea snaps
At the heels of a soft prayer
Whispered
In the wee hours I'll meet you
Down by Dun Ringill
Oh, and I'll take you quickly


Lyrics submitted by inpraiseoffolly

"Dun Ringill" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentHow did I have to add this song.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment???
    inpraiseoffollyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDun Ringill, as I have just found out, is a real place. It is the ruins of a fort near where Ian Anderson had just moved (this move also inspired much of Heavy Horses, and maybe Songs From the Wood, too).

    Deteriation of society, perhaps, is the meaning of this song. Easily the best on Stormwatch.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd love to go there and recreate the video with a big beard!
    jethrobuckon August 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentTwo people are deciding whether to meet in the early morning hours at an old Scottish fortress from centuries ago to watch as a North Sea Storm comes over the horizon. One is urging the other to join him. The initial references to cheating at cards is basically saying "Fuck it. Let's take a chance and do it." Watching the old gods play is a reference to the thunder, lightening, and heavy seas the storm will bring. He is urging his friend "C'mon, don't chicken out on me." The stone circles are the remnants of the fortress and the lines joining in faint discord is what the sky will begin to look like as the storm nears. This interpretation is also suggested by the mock weather report at the beginning that states some of the lines in the song.
    charlesszbon July 16, 2020   Link

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