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Solstice

by Olivia Graham

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LYRICS:

In Albion there’s a kind of hush
That echoes all around
The holly bears a berry red
And snow belies the ancient mound
Where clan and kindred gather
To greet the solstice dawn
While three thousand miles across the sea
A pauper-king is born

The harp is strung in Albion
As a piper takes the tune
A woven dance betwixt the stones
Neath the ever-watchful moon
The deer goes running joyful
Across the moor so wild
While three thousand miles across the sea
A virgin bears a child

Now clothed in green the Holly King
Moves across the snow
Just as he’s done each winter-tide
Since the first one, long ago
He brings a kindly spirit
To the children of the Earth
Rejoicing in their dancing
He knows about that distant birth
A log upon his back
Upon the hearth to burn
A gift to mark the season
That hails the sun’s return

(Veni, veni Emmanuel)

Now children by the fire
Count each fleeting spark
As High-Priestess and Druid
Pay reverence to the passing dark
And blesséd they who cast their eyes
On that bright new star above
From three thousand miles across the sea
Comes a blinding, binding love

(Veni, veni Emmanuel)

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released December 10, 2021
Written by Olivia Graham
Vocals, piano and tin-whistle performed by Olivia Graham
Album artwork by Hannah Newton

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Olivia Graham York, UK

Olivia Graham is a singer-songwriter with a background in Celtic folk and trad music.

Her music touches upon the magical, mystical, folkloric and historic. A multi-instrumentalist, Olivia loves combining the sounds of all her different instruments to make a magical musical landscape for the listener.
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