Long Journey Home

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If on every ocean the ship is a throne
And for each mast cut down another sapling is grown
Then I could believe that I'm bound to find
A better life than I left behind

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
For the colours bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold

So I had to leave from my country of birth
As for each child grown tall
Another lies in the earth
And for every rail we laid in the loam
There's a thousand miles of the long journey home

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
For the colours bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
For the colours bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold

But as you ascend the ladder
Look out below where you tread
For the colours bled as they overflowed
Red, white and blue
Green, white and gold

Long Journey Home (Anthem)
Written byElvis Costello & Paddy Moloney
Performed byThe Chieftains with The Irish Film Orchestra, Anúna & Elvis Costello
Produced byPaddy Moloney
Orchestra arranged & conducted byFiachra Trench
Chorus arranged byMichael McGlynn
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Paddy Moloney - tin whistle, uilleann pipes
Kevin Conneff - bodhrán
Derek Bell - harp
Matt Molloy - flute
Martin Fay - fiddle
Fiachra Trench - piano
Arty McGlynn - guitar
James Blennerhassett - double bass
Paddy Glackin - fiddle
Robbie Casserly - drums
The Irish Film Orchestra
Anúna - choir
Recorded1997, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
ReleasedJanuary 13, 1998
SinglesLong Journey Home, 1998 (full-length version & radio edit)
CollectionsThe Chieftains: The Wide World Over: A 40 Year Celebration, 2002 (radio edit) -
The Chieftains: The Essential Chieftains, 2006 (full-length version)
SoundtracksLong Journey Home, 1998 (full-length version)
Various Artists collectionsLong Journey Home (sampler), 1998
Length4:18 (full-length version)
3:20 (radio edit)

First known performance:
June 5, 1999, San Francisco, CA
Last known performance:
March 17, 2006, New York, NY - last full performance
November 20, 2009, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon - partial performance
     (2 known performances, 1 as a snippet)


Long Journey Home (soundtrack)Long Journey Home album cover.jpg

Single: Long Journey HomeLong Journey Home CD single front insert.jpg

The Chieftains: The Wide World Over: A 40 Year CelebrationThe Chieftains The Wide World Over album cover.jpg

The Chieftains: The Essential ChieftainsThe Chieftains The Essential Chieftains album cover.jpg

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Template:Elvis Costello covers: Long Journey Home

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