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Leo O'Kelly (born 27 November 1949, Carlow, Co. Carlow, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is mainly known as a member of the Irish folk duet Tír na nÓg. After the band broke up, he produced albums on Polydor and EMI labels for other Irish artists like Restless Night (Ray Dolan album) in 1975 by Ray Dolan who wrote "Hey Friend" on the first Tír na nÓg LP. In 2000, Leo released his first solo album called Glare, then Proto in 2003 which consists in a collection of songs that he recorded between 1975 and 2001 whose one is a cover with Mark Gilligan of Nick Drake's "Northern Sky" and another is a vocal improvisation by his son, Aaron O'Kelly, at the age of 1. His third album, Will, was released in February 2011 and features the poems of John McKenna set to music.


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The heavens hang low here in Venezuela, so proud the mountains shine a thousand miles away
The breeze blows free through the grasslands of Venezuela, we're living at the edge of the world
We pray for the day, we long for the night to come, through the ozone layer the yellow star blazed on

It's only a mythology; we never know whatever is it couldn't be better
Still only our sadness holds us apart, sorrow holds us together

We reel in the glare here in Venezuela, through the shimmering haze we watch the telescopes turn
We swoon in the stare here in Venezuela, we fall and wither on a shadowless plain

Never surmount, no, never surpass, no, never surrender
How wearily, how bravely we drive the animals home
In this Paradise the light just burns our faces
Come the day those rays will shine on through

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Written by: Leo O'Kelly

Submitted on January 02, 2018

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