“The Stolen Child” by The Waterboys (and W.B. Yeats) (1988)

1 12 2008

I’ve always loved The Waterboys.  Maybe it’s that full, proud pint of Irish blood I estimate coursing through me  (and you have at least half of that!).  Their music just resonates.  These are great musicians who exquisitely blend Irish music with rock and roll.

Their music is usually pretty stompin’ and fiery.  I picked this song because not only is it beautiful, but the words come from a poem penned by the great William Butler Yeats.  You get a lot of artistic and emotional bang for your buck with this track.

As your father, all I really want is for you to be happy and healthy.  And to be able to protect you from any and all harm at every moment of the day.  That’s not the way the world works, especially when it’s time for you to start your own life.  Frankly, that scares the hell out of me.

This track moves me, and it gives me hope.  I’m not sure why—and I may be grossly ignorant of the intent—but when I listen to this, and the words of Yeats, it reminds me that you will be just fine.  I know you’ll be able to take care of yourself.

Come away, human child to the water
Come away, human child to the water and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand

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