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Storms In Africa

video to watch; download the lyrics and the song (two variants) in mp3 format (part I - 4:04 ; part II - 3:01), video and pictures in HQ. Storms in Africa, composed and performed by Enya,
 
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lyrics by Roma Ryan, produced by Nicky Ryan, was released as a single in the UK in June 1989. Originally sung in Gaelic on the Watermark album, the song was re-written with English lyrics and re-arranged to a faster tempo for its single release. Was included on the soundtrack for film Green Card (1990). It was used as musical theme by Ansett Airlines, Australia and became one of the New Age reference songs. The video is based on part II lyrics.
Storms In Africa lyrics by Roma Ryan with HQ pictures original from video (click to enlarge in high resolution)

Enya Storms In Africa video picture 1
Sands in Africa - Enya Storms In Africa video picture 1
  Though I walk through

warm sands in Africa,

winds will grow soon

to storms in Africa.
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Enya far to go picture 2
  How far to go

I cannot say

How many more

Will journey this way?
 
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Black earth and ivory video picture 3
  Dark skies fall on

black earth and ivory.

Far from your sun

clouds now close over me.
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Enya journey this way video picture 4
  How far to go

I cannot say

How many more

Will journey this way?
 
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Rains wash the earth video picture 5
  Storms have come!

rains wash the earth away.
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Dark skies video picture 6
  Dark skies fall down

into another day.
 
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Rains have now come video picture 7
  Rains have now come

from storms in Africa.
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Enya through storms video picture 8
  Time will go on

through Storms in Africa.
 
Listen or download Storms in Africa mp3 (4:04) sung by Enya, original from album tracks:

Lyrics original in Gaelic on the Watermark album:

nanananana ... nananana ... nananananana ... nananana ...
Cá fhad é ó ... nananana ... nananana... Cá fhad é ó ... nananana ...
nanananana ... Siúl tríd na stoirmeacha ... nananana ...
nananannana ... Dul tríd na stoirmeacha. nananana ...
Cá fhad é ó ... nananana ... an tús don stoirm? ...nananana...
Cá fhad é ó ... nananana ... an tús go deireadh?
Tóg do chroí! nanananana ... Siúl tríd na stoirmeacha. nananana ...
Tóg do chroísa! nanananana ... Dul tríd na stoirmeacha. nanananna ...
Turas mór ... nanananana ... Tar tríd na stoirmeacha ... nananana ...
Turas fada ... nanananana ...
Amharc tríd na stoirmeacha ... nananana ...
  English lyrics:

How far is it from ... / How far is it from ...
Walk through the storms. / Go through the storms.
How far is it from / the start of the storm?
How far is it from / the beginning to the end?
Take heart! / Walk through the storms.
Take heart / going through the storms!
A great journey.
Come through the storms.
A long Journey.
Look through the storms.


Listen or download Storms in Africa (part II) mp3 (3:01) sung by Enya, original from album tracks:
 
Reviews
Storms In Africa, the third track from Enya's album Watermark, was re-recorded in English for the single, and was originally set for release in February, but they didn't meet the deadline. Even though WEA gave them an extension, they were still late. One of the reasons for that was constant promotion work around the world. So here we are in June 1989, and Enya has to reintroduce herself to the world. WEA paid L20,000 for a two-and-a-half minute slot on prime time London television, reaching an estimated 10 per cent of London homes. The advert showed sections of the two previous single videos as well as 'Storms'. Tony McInnes from WEA says, "We thought the advert would not only bring attention to Enya again after a long time, but also find new customers for the album." (Record Mirror, June 1989)

"And if I dare say it, Enya has come to glory as the earthly manifestation of a holy trinity with Nicky Ryan, father, producer, and his wife Roma, holy spirit and lyricist. I don't believe that any of the three could exist, or would want to exist independently, for the synthesis is absolutely perfect, the balance so delicate, that the next step up could only be Rapture and Heaven." (Molly McAnally Burke, Oct 1991)

Enya quotes "I've heard from so many people, the different times they want to listen to it, the different influences they see, the different things they read into the music and at this stage it's everyone to their own story. It's out of my hands now. It's theirs. They'll listen to it when they want and conjure up what images they want to see." "Sitting in silence - I just love it. This is one of the rooms I just like to sit in. It's quiet, so you can sit and think. Or just do nothing. It's lovely - although it can be embarrassing if someone walks in and finds you sitting in silence and staring."
 
Also, you are invited to watch others Enya videos as Amarantine, And Winter Came, Anywhere Is, Book Of Days, Caribbean Blue, Evening Falls, How Can I Keep From Singing, It's In The Rain, My! My! Time Flies!, On My Way Home, Only If, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Storms In Africa, The Celts, The Memory of Trees, Trains And Winter Rains, Wild Child, Aldebaran, I Want Tomorrow, March of the Celts, Deireadh an Tuath, The Sun in the Stream, To Go Beyond, Fairytale, Epona, Triad: St Patrick Cu Chulainn Oisin, Portrait, Boadicea, Bard Dance, Dan y Dwr, Journey of the Angels, White is in the Winter Night, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Dreams are More Precious, Last Time by Moonlight, One Toy Soldier, Stars and Midnight Blue, The Spirit of Christmas Past, Silent Night Oíche Chiúin (Chorale),