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For lands afar and mine


Way back in early 2003, I wrote about hearing the Indigo Girls perform "Finlandia" with Joan Baez at a concert in Berkeley in the mid-'90s.

At the time, I noted that I couldn't find a recording of them singing the song. Somehow I failed to follow up on that posting two years ago, when I finally found their version of "Finlandia" in the iTunes Store, on their Rarities album, for the usual iTunes price of 99¢.

It came up in my music rotation just now, and I had to stop what I was doing and turn up the volume and close my eyes. Just stunning.

This is my home, the country where my heart is;

Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;

But other hearts in other lands are beating

With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

As I noted in my earlier entry, it's my very favorite patriotic song. And this is a particularly excellent rendition of it, with magnificent harmonies. If you haven't heard it, go give it a listen.

(To be precise, the song is technically called "Song of Peace"; words by Lloyd Stone to the tune of Sibelius's "Finlandia." But I think almost everyone who knows it just calls it "Finlandia.")


I have loved that song for most of my life. It's been going through my head since you posted this - a fine earworm.

Looks like there are a few videos on YouTube of Indigo Girls singing the song with various folks. The best one I found was a dressing room rehearsal with Missy Higgins, which has the advantage of having been recorded in a quiet room.

Nice video! Thanks much for the link.

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