"SAINT STEPHEN'S DREAM" has something to do with three trips taken to Ireland over the course of 15 years, two of them disastrous, one healing. There's a little Paris in there, too.
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LEAD VOCAL: Douglas Imbrogno
BACKING VOCAL:
Heidi Muller
LEAD GUITAR:
Ryan Kennedy
BASS/PERCUSSION:
Chuck Biel
RHYTHM GUITAR:
Douglas Imbrogno, Bob Webb
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REFERENCES:
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The 'Via Dolorosa' is a reference from a Latin country, not a Celtic one, of course. Blood from both mix and toss in my family.
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Visit Inis Mor, a strange, spectral island off Galway, a 'thin place,' as the Irish say, where the space between earth and heaven is thinner.
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'Mara': Buddhist reference to the spirit of worldly temptation and distraction.
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'Charon': Back to Western references and the river Styxx.
/ Ryan 'Bean' Kennedy rules on guitar.

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All songs by Douglas Imbrogno (except 'Lights' by Rebecca Skeen Webb, 'Rosie's Lullaby,' by Bob Webb and 'Scarborough Fair,' traditional) Copyright 2004.

 

"SAINT STEPHEN'S DREAM"
words & music by Douglas Imbrogno (copyright 2004)
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For Lisa


Graveyard on Inis Mor in the Arran Islands off Galway, Ireland / photo by Douglas Imbrogno


Walking down the Via Dolorosa/ staring at the flapping of a crow/ Carrying a book by Buddhagosa/ Thinking of a lover long ago.

On a curving road in Connemara,/ sky above is incandescent blue/ Once again, I'm wrestling with Mara/ Then my thoughts again they turn to you.

CHORUS:

Waltzing across the waves/ Standing upon the graves/ of Druids, priestesses and missionaries of the stones/ Floating above the clouds/ Staring down at the crowds/ who dream of owning pieces of this empire made of bones.

Stumbling through the Place de Trocadero/ moonlit puddle shining at my feet/ The Way is difficult and it is narrow/ There's a cafe where we used to meet./ In the blooming Wicklow Mountain heather/ Orange sun behind a Celtic cross./ Meditating on the changing weather/Are these tears of love? Or tears of loss?

CHORUS:

Drowning in foreign seas/ Crawling upon my knees.../ With gorgons, minotaurs and goblins out of Charon's stream/ Standing on Eire's soil/After these years of toil./ Glad to have at last awakened from Saint Stephen's Dream.

INSTRUMENTAL

Waltzing across the waves/ Standing upon the graves of Druids, priestesses and missionaries of the stones.../ Standing on Eire's soil/After these years of toil./ Glad to have at last awakened from Saint Stephen's Dream... from Saint Stephen's Dream.