Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mike Scott

Mike Scott whose mother is an English teacher was familiar with poetry and literature from a young age. He and The Water boys have brought rock and roll to the poet WB Yeats. One of my favourites of his poems is The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it inthe deep heart's core.
W.B. Yeats 1865-1939
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12 comments:

Sausage Fingers said...

Nice one...

Rog said...

This is my favourite Waterboys Track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P237zpWbPRM

"It started up in Fife and it ended up in tears"

Pat said...

Sausage Fingers: glad you like it.

Rog: thanks I'll have a listen. They are quite new to me.
Just listened - s'good! He's not a love child of Sir Bob's is he?

Macy said...

Pat - If the Waterboys are new to you, and you like Yeats, you'll love The Stolen Child.
Trust me

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I think your favorite Poem would lend itself to be put to music, Beautifully, too....!

Pat said...

Macy: yes you are right - it's beautiful. Why have I never heard of him?

Naomi: yes I must do some delving.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

what a beautiful poem, pat - and who does not love yeats! and paired with rock/roll! what a combination - thanks so much for the intro as i was not familiar with mike scott either -

mapstew said...

Did you know Sharon (Shannon) never stops smiling?! :¬)

Pat said...

Gypsywoman: he has such a wild romantic look too - which helps.

Mapstew: No - she must be great to have around.

AndrewM said...

I like Fisherman's Blues - youtube it.

LL Cool Joe said...

My partner used to be a big Waterboys fan.

Pat said...

AndrewM: when I have a moment - I have guests arriving!¬!

LL Cool Joe: what happened?