The Mountains of Mars

from by Anne Lister

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A song of reconciliation, forgiveness, and rejoicing. The tune at the end is one I know as “Roxburgh Castle”.


Come to my wedding and I'll dance at yours
Time's a great healer and truces end wars
When hearts are broken they're mended with gold
There's more than one way for a tale to be told.

I've seen Pluto's kingdom far down in the dark
Where hope and light fade to the tiniest spark
I've walked in the darkness, I've sobbed in the night
It's a long and hard journey back up to the light.

And you I know find it so hard to understand
I've come halfway downwards to offer my hand
Just half way downwards for fear of the climb
You'll see the steps upwards gleam in the moonshine.

The road from the valley winds up and winds high
My heart flies above it, soars up in the sky
My soul dances freely between all the dark stars
From the lakes of the moon to the mountains of Mars.

You drink to your love and I'll drink to mine
Love's purer than water and sweeter than wine
A spell can be broken, a captive walk free
There are no more chains, my friend, between you and me.


from Astrolabe, released December 28, 2019
Mike O’Connor: fiddle. Matt Crum: melodeon. Steafan Hannigan: bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, upright bass. Helen Vincent-Tibke: harmony vocals.


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Anne Lister Wales, UK

Anne is best known for her song "Icarus", recorded and performed by a number of different singers, including Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. "Astrolabe" is her ninth solo album.

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