Through Misty Air

by Caera

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Coming after her earlier work with the duo Môr Gwyddelig, "Through Misty Air" is Caera’s solo debut. This album is a combination of traditional and original songs in both English and Irish (that includes original songs in Irish Gaelic). Full lyrics, translations, and notes for each song are included with album purchase. All songs on this album were recorded live and acoustic, using only instruments that would have been available in the Celtic countries during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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released July 25, 2004

All tracks written and composed by Caera except:
‘Fáilte a Rún’: lyrics by Caera, tune traditional Irish;
‘Carolan’s Welcome’: composed by Turlough O’Carolan; and
‘Éiníní’: traditional Irish.

(p) & © 2003 by Grá is Stór (ASCAP)

The recorder on ‘Through Misty Air’ is played by Mayer Lipman.
The bray harp in ‘Céile’ was borrowed from Babz Schilke (but played by Caera).

All tracks recorded by Rob Ignazio at Porter Square Studios, except ‘A Promise Unbroken’, recorded by Neil Marsh at Lepus MediaNet (www.lepusmedianet.com). Mastered by Rob Ignazio.
Produced by Caera.

Caera’s harp was made by Muis Dreamsinger of www.dreamsingerharps.com .
Cover art by Bess Libby.

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Caera Seattle, Washington

From haunting Celtic lullabies, through laments of intense grief and pain, to songs of healing and hope, Caera’s music always contains an authenticity that can be hard to find in today’s music, or even in today’s world in general. Powerful soprano vocals blend with the bell-like tones of her brass-strung Gaelic harp to create music that carries people through life, dreaming or fully awake. ... more

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Track Name: Fáilte a Rún
Curfa:
Fáilte, fáilte, fáilte a rún
Fáilte go sonas agus fáilte go grá buan
Fáilte go beatha nua, croíúil liom
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá

(Translation:
Welcome, welcome, welcome, Love
Welcome to happiness and welcome to lasting love
Welcome to a warm, new life me
And of course you are always my darling, Love)

I remember when you left from yonder hill;
To seek your fortune was your will,
But you're back, a promise to fulfill
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá

You sold your good shirt, you sold your meal
You sold your only sword of steel
To return to your love and your home ideal
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá

We'll paint our home, we'll paint it red
And it's from our hearth our clan will be fed
Until all our sorrows have gone and fled
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá

I wished, I wished, I wished not in vain
I wished I had you here again
And now you're here and here you will remain
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá

And now our love has every chance
To try our fortunes to advance
As it e'er comes back, in an e'er wid'ning dance
Is go deimhin 's tú mo mhúirnín, a ghrá
Track Name: If Only I'd Known
When I was your child, free-spirited and wild,
Your temper came through loud and clear.
As the violence rose higher, consuming like fire,
Soon our whole house lived in fear.
Hot sparks lived in words we commonly heard:
“You can’t do anything right.”
As all worthless things go, I was thrown out also
To fend for myself in the night.

If only you’d known I’m an angel you would never have treated me so;
If only you’d known I’m an angel you wouldn’t have let me go.

First love of my heart gave me such a start
I never thought I’d find it there
Quick, light hazel eyes grabbed me by surprise
and soft skin where your face met your hair.
It forced me to grow, this loving you so
Through difficult teenage years,
But once you could tell, friendship turned to hell
and frequently left me in tears.

If only you’d known I’m a unicorn you would never have treated me so;
If only you’d known I’m a unicorn you wouldn’t have let me go.

All I had was you to help me get through
The scariest part of my life.
No home, no family, friends were all to me
as I dealt with the hardship and strife.
One day your old friends took me out with them
For once I had a little fun.
‘Next day I came back to a brand new attack:
Your days with me were all done.

If only you’d known I’m a gelfling you would never have treated me so;
If only you’d known I’m a gelfling you wouldn’t have let me go.

If only you’d known I’m an angel you would never have treated me so;
If only you’d known I’m a unicorn you wouldn’t have let me go.
If only you’d known I’m a gelfling you would never have treated me so;
If only I’d known ...
Track Name: Amhrán Chuig an Stoirm
A leanbh, cá bhfuil tú?
A leanbh, cá ndeachaigh tú?
A bhfuil tú le na daoine sí?
A bhfuil tú le na daoine maithe?
Bhí tú beagneach ‘am; chonaic mé thú.
Tar ar ais chugam, tá mé uaigneach.
Ar chaill mé thú?

Translation:
Song to the Storm

Child, where are you?
Child, where have you gone?
Are you with the fairies?
Are you with the Good People?
I almost had you; I saw you.
Come back to me, I am lonely.
Have I lost you?
Track Name: A Promise Unbroken
When you're far from home
And you're all alone
And too tired to roam
You can still find me

When the wind blows strong
And the hours burn long
You'll still hear my song
You can still find me

I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake

When a grief like lead
Weighs down your head
You feel hope is dead
You can still find me

When your friends have gone
And you cry 'till dawn
You must still push on
You can still find me

I'm wisdom in the trees and the earth
That you have felt calling since birth
I am in you, your dreams, and your soul
I bring you love, I keep you whole

When you need to sleep
But your guard must keep
When you're in too deep
You can still find me

When you fly away
From where the unhealed prey
And have no place to stay
You can still find me

I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake
I'm your desire to become free
I'll make you all you long to be

When the ones you thought
Would have helped a lot
Their own comfort sought
You can still find me

When you've just been hurt
But must stay alert
I am not inert
You can still find me

I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake
I'm your desire to become free
I'll make you all you long to be
I'm wisdom in the trees and the earth
That you have felt calling since birth
I am in you, your dreams, and your soul
I bring you love, I keep you whole

When the moon shines bright
Where you sleep at night
And your dreams take flight
You can still find me

I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake
I'm your desire to become free
I'll make you all you long to be
I'm wisdom in the trees and the earth
That you have felt calling since birth
I am in you, your dreams, and your soul
I bring you love, I keep you whole
Track Name: Éiníní
Éiníní, éiníní, codalaígí, codalaígí
Éiníní, éiníní, codalaígí, codalaígí

Curfa:
Codalaígí, codalaígí
Cois an chlaí amuigh, cois an chlaí amuigh
Codalaígí, codalaígí
Cois an chlaí amuigh, cois an chlaí amuigh

An londubh is an fiachdubh
Téigí chodladh, téigí chodladh
An cheirseach is an preachain
Téigí chodladh, téigí chodladh

An spideog is an fhuiseog
Téigí chodladh, téigí chodladh
An dreólín is an smóilín
Téigí chodladh, téigí chodladh

Translation:
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep

Chorus:
Sleep, sleep, next to the wall outside, next to the wall outside
Sleep, sleep, next to the wall outside, next to the wall outside

The blackbird and the raven, go to sleep, go to sleep
The (female) blackbird and the crow, go to sleep, go to sleep

The robin and the lark, go to sleep, go to sleep
The wren and the thrush, go to sleep, go to sleep
Track Name: Symbols
Alone at night she looks up to the moon
And as she does she starts to feel the power
From oceans to a single tiny rune
It flows through everything at every hour

A priestess of her own she is aware
Of power many would choose to ignore
Because she has enough courage to dare
To learn the ancient secrets of old lore

Looking down again she starts to draw
She feels the power flowing from her pen
Each sacred image sets her world in awe
Of power it can finally know again

She found her source of power in the wild
The only place it can be, for a child
Track Name: Through Misty Air
It happened on a Samhain night
A silver moon rose to her height
As I stayed up alone to write
Of love made clear, and love’s delight

As I was working on a song
I heard a voice both clear and strong
Reminding me of how I long
For love’s delight; a true heartsong

So I looked up and in the place
Where the mirror had shown my face
A fairy woman sang with grace
A true heartsong now taking place

She sang most beautiful and true
And I knew nothing I could do
Could stop this if I’d wanted to
From taking place, so follow through

I took my harp from where she lay
For muse’s guidance I did pray
That she may show me the right way
To follow through, and grace repay

To court the lady now I played
And from her song I never strayed
All of my love and skill displayed
Her grace repaid; a heartsong made

The warm brass strings of my harp rang
To complement the song she sang
Love piercing me like hunger’s pang
This heartsong made, and so we sang

Soon then she turned as if to go
I knew I had to stop her so
I tried using all that I know
And so I sang that she’d not go

My own voice rose as if in prayer
Ringing throughout this strange night’s air
And it did hold the lady fair
She did not go, it held her there

I sang to her of dreams and love
Of worlds below and worlds above
All worlds and things worth singing of
It held her there, my fairy love

And then her milk-white hand reached through
The mirror’s surface and I knew
Just what she wanted me to do
My fairy love, how my heart flew


Quickly I now had to decide
Whether her calling to abide
And join her on the other side
How my heart flew, how my heart cried

I longed to hold her but held back
For I knew those who took that track
Were never able to come back
How my heart cried, but still held back

To think that once I would have leapt
At chances like this, to be kept
In that strange world, where once I’d crept
But now held back, I can’t accept

But I thought of a better way
My plan was to coax her to stay
Even if only for one day
I can’t accept the other way

My song rose up more earnest then
But she had turned away again
I thought I must have lost her when
The other way she turned again

And then we sang in harmony
While I played more ecstatically
And richly she rewarded me
She turned again and stepped toward me

The mirror rippled round her hair
As she came through with little care
I longed to move; I didn’t dare
She stepped towards me through misty air

What happened next I’ll not tell here
For this tale is too long I fear
But I still hold her very dear
Through misty air was love made clear
Track Name: Longing
chorus:
I long for a lover whose heart is like the sea
One who knows our source and can journey there with me
Whose gentle touch soothes deep through my skin
And whose beauty shines from a treasure deep within

My heart has been hurt and I have been scared
I have fled my heart and have taken to the air
I flown so high that no one could reach
But to be drawn back is the thing I now beseech

My heart is a place I myself have just now known
It's a vibrant place where all life is healthily grown
And hidden deep where there can be no hate
Ancient temples full of treasure lie in wait


I've searched o'er the mountains and over the seas
But the love I seek so far has eluded me
So now I shine my own inner light
That she may find me as I search for her by night
Track Name: Tugaim Dhuit mo Lámh
Curfa:
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh, a rún
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh

Bhí me i m’ óinseach chun tú a thrasnú
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh
Bhí eagla orm ansin, ach anois
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh

Ghortaigh ‘s d’fhag daoine eile mé
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh
Ach tá a fhios agam 'mbeidh tú dílis dom
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh

Riall eagla ‘gus pian tharam cheanna
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh
‘nois tosaím a bheith beo le muinín ‘is grá
Tugaim dhuit mo lámh

Translation:
Chorus:
I give you my hand, my love
I give you my hand

I was a fool to have passed you by
I give you my hand
I was afraid then, but now
I give you my hand

Others have hurt and left me
But I know you will be faithful to me

Fear and pain have ruled me before
But now I choose to live by trust and love