Left in Disbelief (Lament for John)

from by Kate O'Callaghan

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Written by Kate O'Callaghan

"While working on a local community project based on the Island of Inishtrahull (located 7miles north east of Malin Head, off the Donegal coast), I learned about the life story of a fisherman and talented musician and singer named John Donovan, who was born on the island (1914) and tragically died at a young age. He had left behind him a locally treasured collection of recordings on vinyl, including a version of the well known song 'My Lovely Irish Rose'. In a sad kind of way I felt that his own demise seemed to echo the plight of the once thriving island community, compelled to evacuate their homes in the 1920's and re-settle on the mainland".

Written from the perspective of an imagined loved-one left behind - a symbol of the Island itself - mourning for her loss, she prays that the "constant light" of the lighthouse (at one time so vital to the very existence of it's inhabitants) will guide her dearest safely home to rest.

lyrics

They say you’re gone
You never told me, never
And how long?
You never told me, never
And tears fall from weeping stars
To fill the ocean up with grief
Your lovely Rose
Left in disbelief

Was the water cold my love?
Oh was the water cold?

A heavy moon hangs in the sky tonight my love
For you
May the constant light that beckons to your soul
Guide you home

They say you’re gone
You never told me, never
And how Long?
You never told me, never
And tears fall from weeping stars
To fill the ocean up with grief
Your lovely Rose
Left in disbelief

Was the water cold my love?
Oh was the water cold?

credits

from The Still Beyond, released October 1, 2013
Kate O'Callaghan (Vocals and Guitar)
Ted Ponsonby (Guitar)
Eddie Lee (Upright Double Bass)
Seamus Devenny (Violin)
Sarah Ponsonby Brument (Violin)

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Kate O'Callaghan County Donegal, Ireland

Kate O'Callaghan is a singer/songwriter based in Donegal, Ireland. Combining evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics, she covers a gamut of styles and emotions from Alt. Folk to Jazzy/Blues, the sublime to the cathartic. Evocative, haunting, poignant and refreshingly uplifting, with a unique aspect that explores the less obvious paths tonally as much as the expected. ... more

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