Love's Tattoo

from by James Olin Oden

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There are two words in this song that need explanation. The first is the word tattoo. In this case it is being used as the drum beat found at a military gathering of the same name. That is at these military tattoo's one can hear the drum's tattoo. In the song it is love's tattoo being sought. The next term is ríastrád which is the old Gaelic word used in the Cattle Raid of Cooley to describe how Cú Chulainn (the story's hero) would physically transform before battle. In his case the transformation was scary and downright frightening such that he was called the distorted one. I have co-opted this term in this song and combined it as "love's riástrád" to describe a transformation that is equally as horrific to the enemies of love.


The sun's going down,
And I can hear the sound,
Of fiddles lightly bowing,
Voices a crowing,
Couples gently flowing round the fire.

The moon riding high,
The stars high above,
Light my crooked path,
Never had to ask,
I make my way through the darkness, through the darkness.

I need someone,
To show me the song,
That my out of step heart might beat love's tattoo!

Assemble together!
Strike the banner!
Hatred’s come a calling,
Brothers and sisters are falling.
Give it no place or quarter in our hearts.

Wind gently blow,
Away all our fears,
Till we're all but blinded,
Transformed and beknighted,
Till complete is love's ríastrád.



from Deeper Dance, released May 1, 2016
Autumn Rose Brand - Violen
Caitlin Cary - Vocals
James Olin Oden - Classical Guitar, Vocals
Kaitlin Grady - Cello



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James Olin Oden Raleigh, North Carolina

It's always been about what moves the heart. The songs I sing are compelling stories whose telling must be told over and over again. The stories range from dark acts that should not be forgotten to the silly revelries that we should never forsake. My hope is that as my heart is moved by the music so too may yours be moved.

Sláinte Mhór...James

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