John O'Dreams lyrics

by Planxty ft. Christy Moore

When midnight comes and people homeward tread
Seek now your blanket and your feather bed
Home comes the rover, his journey's over
Yield up the night time to old John O' Dreams
Yield up the night time to old John O' Dreams

Across the hill, the sun has gone astray
Tomorrow's cares are many dreams away
The stars are flying, your candle is dying
Yield up the darkness to old John O' Dreams
Yield up the darkness to old John O' Dreams]

Both man and master in the night are one
Some things are equal when the day is done
The prince and the ploughman, the slave and the freeman
All find their comfort in old John O' Dreams
All find their comfort in old John O' Dreams

When sleep it comes the dreams come running clear
The hawks of morning cannot reach you here
Sleep is a river, flow on forever
And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams
And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams

Song Details

Lyrics: Bill Caddick - English folk singer-songwriter and guitarist,

Music: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "The Pathetique".

Brief: John O'Dreams signifies sleep, and the song portrays all people as being equal when they are asleep. No matter if you are a prince or a ploughman, a slave or a free man - when the day is done and you are asleep, all things are equal. It is here where we all find comfort... in old John O'Dreams.

Category: Folk

Popular Recording Artists: Planxty ft. Christy Moore (featured), Gordon Bok, Jean Redpath, Garnet Rogers and The Clancy Brothers with Robbie O'Connell, Henri's Notions, John McDermott, Emily Smith, Arcady, Céide, Tommy Fleming, Niamh Parsons, The Dublin City Ramblers, Malachi Cush, ...

Logo John O Dreams by Christy Moore is featured on the album Listen - (April 17, 2009).

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