Thursday, March 17, 2011

Freedom of the Nations - New lyrics for an old celtic favorite


About two years ago, I sat down and wrote some lyrics to a favorite celtic air of mine.  The Foggy Dew is a beautiful, haunting tune that I first learned from a celtic harp instrumental by Bonnie Leigh Barnum.  Several different lyrics have been set to this song over the years, most notably the Easter rising of 1916 in Ireland.  
I took my inspiration from 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 -
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place."
And also Psalms chapter 2 -
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
I sang this song with Tasha twice in front of an audience (with my trusty accordion:), which was wonderful!  It was during one of these performances that I was approached afterwards by a kind lady who gave me two white accordions.  What a unexpected blessing that was!
I recently recorded my version of the tune using some wonderful recording software, Mixcraft.  (Thank you, Aubrey!)  A midi cable connected to my keyboard created all of the tracks except the accordion, which is a live recordion.  I mean recording. :D
The mix isn't perfect yet by any means, but I thought I'd share it with you all in honor of the celtic holiday=)
I'm hoping to get the vocals recorded in the near future, also.
Oh, and by the way, I added several more of my recordings to the music player on my home page.  Feel free to go listen!
Enjoy!
Freedom of the Nations
~ by Kellie Falconer ~
1). If my people's hearts are humbled, if they pray and seek my face,
if they turn away from evil, I will not withhold my grace.

I will hear their prayers from heaven, I will pardon every sin,
if my people call upon me, I will heal them from within.

For if my people shall come as one, if they seek to know my face;
I will pour the grace of heaven down upon their broken land,
all shall see - my mighty hand.


2). The kings of the earth set themselves against the Lord,
and my people heard not my cries.

They are scattered and broken, they trust not in my name,
their hearts are filled with greed - and lies.

Oh ye are weak, but I am strong, why will ye trust not in me?
Be wise, now therefore, all ye judges of the earth,
serve the Lord, with fear - and rejoice.


3). If my people's hearts are humbled, if they pray and seek my face,
if they turn away from evil - I will not withhold my grace.

mine eyes will see their sorrow, and my ears will hear their plea,
if my people's hearts are humbled, I will set their nation free.

For if my people come to my throne, and repent of their wicked ways;
I will pour the grace of heaven down upon their broken land,
they shall have freedom in my mighty hand.
Vive Ut Vivas!
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Feel free to take the .mp3 file of this song to use on your personal music player!
I hope you will be blessed in some small way by my music.
P.S. Pinch yourself if you aren't wearing green! ;)

4 comments:

  1. My word! You are so talented! Thank you for sharing your lovely music.

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  2. I know this post is from almost a year ago, but I was curious about your music...:) It's beautiful! I love Irish and Scottish music so very much (and Ireland and Scotland!)! I tried the link for the mp3, but it didn't work...I was wondering if there was a way you could share it again perhaps? If not, thank you anyway.:) I've got that pretty tune in my head now!

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  3. Thank you for your interest in my music, girls! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I have the link working once more, and you should be able to download it now!

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  4. Thanks a million!:) I just love it!

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