Friday, 24 June 2011

The Pan Within by The Waterboys


The Pan Within is a song by Mike Scott of the Waterboys that has an obvious pagan inspiration in the name of the god Pan. In the lyrics (see below), Pan is identitfied with nature, both external and internal, with references to the stars and the wind and hints of sexual love attaining a spiritual dimension through harmony with the elements.

This gives the song a 'New Age' hippy feel rather than a true pagan character, but, performed by inspired musicians like Mike Scott and Steve Wickham as it is in this 2006 performeance in Germany, it comes alive with spiritual power.



The Pan Within

Come with me
on a journey beneath the skin
Come with me
on a journey under the skin
We will look together
for the Pan within

Close your eyes
breathe slow we'll begin
Close your eyes
breathe slow and we will begin
To look together
for the Pan within

swing your hips
loose your head, and let it spin
Swing your hips
loose you head, and let it spin
And we will look together
for the Pan within

Close your eyes
breathe slow and we will begin
Close your eyes
breathe slow and we will begin
To look together
for the Pan within

Put your face in my window
breathe a night full of treasures
The wind is delicious
sweet and wild with the promise of pleasure
The stars are alive
and nights like these
Were born to be
sanctified by you and me
Lovers, thieves, fools and pretenders
and all we gotta do is surrender

Come with me
on a journey under the skin
Come with me
on a journey under the skin
And we will look together
for the Pan within
When to be with you
is not a sin
When to be with you, oh just to be with you
is not a sin
We will look together
for the Pan within

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