Mountaineering Melodies No. 13:
The sun does rise
Nightime has come when all was still
Moon shone the way as we climbed the hill
When we arrived we raised our hands
Now the dawn has come now we understand
The sun does rise in the eastern sky
And love soon comes watch over I
Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart: The sun does rise, 1994
Forget that both tune and lyrics of this song owe more than a little to Lee Marvin's Wanderin' Star. What matters here is The Voice. Dolores O'Riordan (out of The Cranberries normally) has, with three consecutive wonderful pieces of singing - Linger, Dreams and now this - staked a claim for being the Brian Lara of current vocalists, especially when she appears onstage wearing her shiny silver 501s.
Hailing from Limerick, home of that other immortal lyric: "There was a young woman from Bude...", O'Riordan is not content with showing up the likes of Clannad and Moira Kerr for what they are - airy, aimless warblers - but also displays an uncanny knowledge of the hills. Maybe in her case it's the Reeks or Galtymore, the Burren or Brandon, but the Celtic Connection ensures it could just as well be Sgurr na Ciche or Cruachan.
Further proof came in the shape of a recent badly broken leg (with which she appeared on Top of the Pops) - the result of a fall whilst skiing. But whether competent or not, Dolores has invaded your editor's heart and made it wobble all over the place...
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