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I do my best thinking while driving. I drive a Fiat Panda.

Kýrie, eléison

When I was in my twenties I was lucky enough to work overseas for a while and then do some travelling. Working or travelling, my music was always with me. I was on a train in Europe one day, travelling alone, and had then been away from home for nearly a year and a half.

In the middle of the beauty of the foreign landscape I had worked so hard to visit, I was suddenly overcome with feelings of being homesick and sad; forlorn and alone.

I wanted suddenly, yearningly, intensely, to be home with my family and friends – those who loved me unconditionally.

And as the train rolled on and put the foreign miles behind me, this song was playing in my ears on the then-soundtrack of my life. It brought tears to my eyes and a sudden determination that it was now time to return home to South Africa and reclaim my rightful place.

These many years later, the same song returns now in my mind: to bring comfort to those who may read this and might need it now as much as I did then.

“Kýrie, eléison, down the road that I must travel

Kýrie, eléison, through the darkness of the night.”

Kýrie, eléison.

(Kýrie, eléison means “Lord, have mercy” in Biblical Greek.)

(The video link features the original Mr Mister song as performed by: Ringo Starr and his All Star Band – featuring Richard Page and Steve Lukather)

Kyrie lyrics
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison
Kyrie

The wind blows hard against this mountain side
Across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide
Setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories
My body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine
Is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going, will you follow?
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old
Of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road
Or only wished what I could be?

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going, will you follow?
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

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2 thoughts on “Kýrie, eléison

  1. jean ogilvie on said:

    Hey Viv. Thanks for the reminder of a beautiful song.

  2. Frank on said:

    What a great song and stunning lyrics.
    Thank you

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