Mike Scott: Bring ’em all in

levitin-songsI’ve been reading Daniel J. Levitin’s stimulating book, The World in Six Songs. How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature, in which he explores how we co-evolved with the music we make. He comes up with six categories of song: Friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love. These songs, he says, have been sung for tens of thousands of years. His book is full of insights blending his experience as a music industry professional (he has worked on albums by k.d. lang, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, David Byrne and many more) with his research in the neuroscience of music perception. Songs of love, he says, are about something bigger than just ourselves. One of his main selections in this catergory is “Bring ’em All In” by Mike Scott, the lead singer of the Irish band, the Watermen.

Mike Scott

Rob Halligan and Gareth Davies Jones

Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in,
bring ’em all in, bring ’em all into my heart
Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in
bring ’em all in, bring ’em all into my heart

Bring the little fishes, bring the sharks
bring ’em from the brightness, bring ’em from the dark

Bring ’em from the caverns, bring ’em from the heights
bring ’em from the shadows, stand ’em in the light

Bring ’em out of purdah, bring ’em out of store
bring ’em out of hiding, lay them at my door

Bring the unforgiven, bring the unredeemed
bring the lost, the nameless, let ’em all be seen

Bring ’em out of exile, bring ’em out of sleep
bring ’em to the portal, lay them at my feet

Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in,
bring ’em all in, bring ’em all into my heart
Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in
bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in to my heart

englischlernen mit liedern :-) learning english with songs

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Anne

Teaching English for business communication skills, writing online for learners, translating, sailing whenever I can, from Washington, D.C.

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