If This Be Love - TARA 4019
Michelle

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Audio Samples
(1) If This Be Love
(2) The Lark in the clear air
(3) Ruby Rose
(4) Wonder Child
(5) There is no Night
(6) Wild Mountainside
(7) Angel
(8) Still by your side
(9) All the ways you wander
(10) Ride On
(11) Black is the colour
(12) Ave Maria
(13) Misha Mo Chroi

 
 
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If This Be Love
Jigs, Reels & Rock n' Roll
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Sleeve Notes

If this be Love
Words Mick Hanly. Music Trad/Arr. Doghouse Songs Ltd.
From time to time I loose my way
When clouds obscure my guiding star
And no wind moves this languid sail
I think of you and where you are
There’s none but you I’d rather see
There’s none but you I’d rather call
If this be love there go I
For you this aching heart enthral.

From dawn to dusk in all my dreams
You thread as none had thread before
So lightly your feet do touch
The golden fields the primrose floor
No brush could paint your beauty
No verse describe your features fine
If this be love there go I
For you this aching heart entwine.

The Lark In The Clear Air.
Words Sir Samuel Ferguson. Music Trad/Arr. Kelly/Lally.
Dear thoughts are in my mind
And my soul it soars enchanted
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day.

For a tender beaming smile
To my heart has been granted
And tomorrow he shall hear
All my fond heart longs to say.

I will tell him of my love
All my soul’s pure adoration
And I know he will hear my voice
And he will not answer me nay.

‘tis this that gives my soul
all its joyous elation
As I hear the sweet lark sing
In the clear air of the day.

Wonder Child
Jimmy MacCarthy Sony Music.
This child, he means the world to me
There is no more enchanted
A child can take this place of ruin
And magically enhance it
I see him in a golden room
With the book of life before him
Strange instruments upon his charts
And the crystal glow inside him.

He’s your wonder child
And my dreams come true
You’ve searched all of your life
I see him now, flying over the Universe.

This child will build a violin
One will follow the travellers love
Another will the bow apply
To reach that one above
I see her in a golden room
With the moon and stars about her
Her simple smile is heaven’s gate
With the queen of all beside her.

She’s your wonder child
And my dreams come true
You’ve searched all of your life
I see her now, flying over the universe.

Your wonder child
And my dreams come true
You’ve searched all of your life
I see them now, flying over the universe.

There is no Night
Jimmy MacCarthy Sony Music.
The more I know, the more I wonder
From the setting of the sun
To the dawning of the day
And the questions to be asked
Are beyond number
Only this much for certain I can say
There is no night, but longing for the day.

Where is the morning
That will lead me to the day
Where is the sweetheart
Who will take the pain away
And I am a dreamer
And a wonderer by trade
How little I’ve found
How little I’ve made.

And where is the warm place
To keep me from the cold
Where are my children
To give me life when I grow old
The builder of bridges
To the beyond to the unseen
How little I’ve found, just where have I been.

The more I know, the more I wonder
From the setting of the sun
To the dawning of the day
And the questions to be asked
Are beyond number
Only this much for certain I can say
There is no night but longing for the day.

Wild mountainside
John Douglas Chrysalis Music.
Beauty is within grasp
Hear the islands call
The last mile is upon us
I’ll carry you if you fall.

I know the Armour’s heavy now
I know the heart is tired
It’s beautiful just over
The Wild Mountainside.

Snow is falling all over
Out of clear blue skies
Crow is flying high over
You and I are going to wander.

High up where the air is rare
Wild horses ride
It’s beautiful let’s go over
The wild Mountainside
Wild and Free we roam
Only a mile to go

Wild and free we roam
Only a mile to go.

Beauty is within grasp
Hear the highlands call
The last mile is upon us
I’ll carry you if you fall
I know the Armour’s heavy now
I know the heart inside
It’s beautiful, let’s go over
The wild Mountainside.

It’s beautiful just roaming
The wild Mountainside.

Angel
Sarah McLachlan, Sony/ATV Music.
Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that will make it ok
There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction, Oh beautiful
release
Memory seeps from my veins
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight.

Chorus.
In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here.
So tired of the straight line

And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
And the storm keeps on keeps on twisting
You keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference
Escaping one last time
It’s easier to believe
In this sweet madness, All the glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees.

Still by your side
Jimmy MacCarthy, Universal Music. Fergal Murray, Elevate Music
I am here in Heaven now
Calling Love to tell you how
From so high above, those old
mountains I love
I’m in Heaven but by your side
Here in Heaven still by your side.

Now from here I clearly see
What we had will always be
Healing will come like a soft beating
drum
From the angels eternally
For they heal us eternally.

Yes the angels came to greet me
And lead me here to Heaven’s door
Beyond this veil, there is no sadness
This one day you will see as
One day you will see me.

You will find me in the summer breeze
Autumn dancing through the singing leaves
And through the little one, in his games and
young fun
I’m in Heaven but by your side
Here in Heaven still by your side.

And yes the Angels came to greet me
And led me here to Heaven’s door
Beyond this veil there is no sadness
This one day you will see
As one day you will see me
Once more.
.
All the ways you wander
John Spillane The Evolving Music Co. Ltd. IMRO.
All the ways you wander, all the ways you roam
All across great oceans, all across the foam
Through the far away houses
Through the sunsets on fire
Searching for the island, of your heart’s desire.

Where the sun is always shining
And the oranges grow on the trees
You only have to wait two seconds there for
everything you please
In a garden of daisies, in a circle of light
Searching for the island, of your hearts delight
I’ll wait for you, like a true friend
I’ll wait for you, ‘til the very end.

And if you take the long way
If you take the long way home
Down where all the magicians and the
dreamers roam
Through the mountains of morning,
Through the valleys of night
Searching for the island of your heart’s delight.

I’ll wait for you, like a true friend
I’ll wait for you, ‘til the very end.

Ride on
Jimmy MacCarthy. Universal Music.
True you ride the finest horse
I’ve ever seen
Standing sixteen one or two
With eyes wild and green
And you ride the horse so well
With hands light to the touch
I could never go with you
No matter how I wanted to.

Ride On
See you
I could never go with you
No matter how I wanted to

And when you ride into the night
Without a trace behind
The silver spur, the stirrup’d foot
Where the road does part and wind
I’ll turn to face an empty space
Where you used to lie
And smile for the spark that lights the night
Through a teardrop in my eye.

Ride On
See you
I could never go with you
No matter how I wanted to.

Black is the colour
Trad / Arr. Kelly / Lally.
Black is the colour
Of my true loves hair
Her lips are like some roses fair
She has the sweetest smile, and the gentlest
hands
And I love the ground
Whereon she stands.

I love my love,
And well she knows
I love the ground whereon she goes
I wish the day, it soon would come
When she and I could be as one
I go to the Clyde, and I’ll mourn and weep
For satisfied, I never will be
I write her a letter, just a few short lines
And I suffer death a thousand times.

Black is the colour
Of my true loves hair
Her lips are like some roses fair
She has the sweetest smile, and the
gentlest hands
And I love the ground
Whereon she stands.

Ave Maria
Schubert. Arr Kelly / Lally Additional Lyrics Kelly / Lally.
Ave Maria teach me the meaning of your love
Show me the way of true contentment
And wash the burden of doubt from my soul
Take my fear, replace it with knowledge Devine
Though I’m weak make me strong
Each day I’ll be more understanding
Each day, more patient and peaceful within
And faith will lead me closer to wisdom
Let wisdom deliver me closer to him.

Sweet Lord of giving
Teach me the meaning of your love
Oh listen to a maiden’s prayer
And wash the burden of doubt from my soul
Take my fear, replace it with knowledge Devine
Though I’m weak make me strong
Each day I’ll be more understanding
Each day more patient and peaceful within
And faith will lead us closer to wisdom
Let wisdom deliver us closer to You.

Note from the artist
I have enjoyed every minute of making this album,
so I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking
those who have encouraged and inspired me along the way.
To my Family, Mom, Dad, Yvonne and Ronan.
(Not forgetting Katie and Jack!). Thank you for all
your love and support x.

To my friends whose enthuasiasm kept me going.
To Fabienne, Ruane and Lisa at “Fool Moon”, for your support and generosity. A special note of gratitude to Donal and Louise Mulryan for their loyal friendship, love and support. To all the Musicians who gave me their invaluable advice and help, especially “D’Angels” Sharon Shannon and Winnie Horan.

To Tim Edey (Guitar) for lending your never ending talents and magic to the album.

To all the Songwriters, in particular, John Douglas for the amazing “Wild Mountainside”. Mick Hanly for the beautifully written title track, “If This Be Love”. John Spillane for “All The Ways You Wander”,(one of my favourite songs of all time). And last but certainly not least, Jimmy MacCarthy, for “There is no Night”, “Wonder Child”, “Still By Your Side”, and “Ride On”. Thank you Jimmy for your unwavering support from day one. Your encouragement and advice were inspirational.

To Eugene Kelly, for your dedication, hard work, patience and creativity, Thank you ! Thank you ! Thank you !

Without a doubt, the most important person without whom, this album would never be….
To Frankie, for your vision and belief in me. I am truly blessed to have you in my life x.

I dedicate this album to my “Wonder Child” Evan.

Michelle’s Wardrobe kindly sponsored by “Fool Moon”, Kirwins Lane, Galway, Ireland.

Musicians: Frankie Gavin (Fiddle and Flute) Tim Edey (Guitar), all other instrumentation Eugene Kelly.

Recorded at Eugene Kelly Studios, Bearna, Co. Galway.
Mastered by Aidan Foley at Masterlabs, Dublin.
Photography by Peter Harkin Studios, Galway.
Background photography by Rob Riddell.
Artwork and Cover Design by Tom Taheny @
Design Direct, final layout by Andrzej Brodzisz @ KPW, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

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