The Late Monday Travel Song

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs. In this instalment, I’ll be posting every Monday (or after – I’m not usually brilliant at following my schedules) and share geographic songs from all over the world. 

This is my first post, so I’ll be starting off my musical journey up north – from Edinburgh to the Highlands.  

Week Number One – Smaointe by Enya (Link: http://youtu.be/ZwwotBh7n8Q)

Lyric Translation 

Thoughts…

Listen to my heart. 

So sad forever;  

I am lost without you 

And your wife, 

The great love in your life. 

She guided me. 

Both of you, be with me always, 

Day and night. 

 

Chorus: 

I cry at the great loneliness 

Tears, so sad, 

And you sleeping in the quiet, green grave 

In deep peace.  

 

There was happiness, 

But it went away. 

You followed your husband, 

The great love in your life. 

He guided me. 

Both of you, be with me always, 

Day and night. 

 

Chorus 

I cry at the great loneliness 

Tears, so sad, 

And you sleeping in the quiet, green grave 

In deep peace.  

 

I think of the day 

That you were at my side 

Telling stories 

Of the days that were. 

I remember the day, 

Without want and without gloom. 

Both of you, be with me always, 

Day and night.


About the Song
Smaointe is about Maragallen Beach, where a disaster occurred during a service day; a giant wave came in, destroying the small church and its graveyard. All inside were perished. 

In the same graveyard, Enya’s grandparents are buried. This song explains Enya’s childhood memories of the beach, her thoughts of grandparents and her reponse to her reflections. 

The word Smaointe means ‘thoughts’. As for the song, it was first released as an ‘Orinoco Flow’ b-side, with a different title – Smaoit√≠m…


Why Did I Choose This Song?

Scotland is a part of me, as my father and generations of his family lived all over the country (dating from as early as the 18th century). This, beautiful, moving song is a crowning jewel as it dedicates the loss and love of family, in spirit and memory. It reminds us how strong we are with our emotions, but how weak we’re feeling when the ones who we are closet to are no longer with us.
Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Scotland and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. ūüėä

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