Homecoming Song (Fields of the North)

from by Michael Kelly

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A song of homecoming, written when I was just beginning
my trek back to Vancouver, BC after much time spent
abroad in far-flung corners of the United States. I've
had several folk suggest that it would make a good anthem
for An Tir, and while I don't expect it to ever be officially
recognized as such, I would like to dedicate it to anyone
that should find themselves distant for any length of time
from the Pacific Northwest. The 'lions' mentioned in the
fourth verse refer to the mountain peaks that overlook
Vancouver, British Columbia.

For those unfamiliar with the SCA, 'An Tir' refers to an area
that covers most of the Pacific Northwest.


From my planned and proper course, I falter towards the source
Of the road that I've traveled so long
With each passing mile I tread, I can't Help but be lead
By the wind and its homecoming song

An Tir, my home, how far have I roamed
Since the Day from your shores I set forth
In my heart, I only yearn once more to return
To the rolling green fields of the North

I remember well the day my path led me astray
From the place that I loved most on Earth
For my fortunes to be made, a bard and rover by trade,
Must I stride from the land of my birth


Good and merry friends I've found in each homestead, in each town
That I've stayed in to sing for my bread
But though kind is every face, they just can't take the place
Of the long distant home that I fled


I will see the Western shore, as so many times before
And the Lions' peaks dusted with snow
I will walk the wooded glens with my kin and long lost friends
And lament at the time I must go


When my pockets brim with gold, and my tales have all been told
Then perhaps I can rest on that day
But until that is arranged, my fates are unchanged
And I know that I long cannot stay


In my heart, I only yearn once more to return
To the rolling green fields... of the North


from Fields of the North, track released October 12, 2000
Guitar, Vocals, Melody, Lyrics - Michael Kelly



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