|Single by Enya|
|from the album Watermark|
|Released||15 October 1988|
|Format||Cassette, CD single, 7" single|
|Recorded||1988Orinoco Studios, Londonat|
|Label||Reprise / WEA|
|Writer(s)||Enya & Roma Ryan|
|Producer(s)||Enya, Nicky Ryan|
|Enya singles chronology|
The song was released as the lead single from Enya's second studio album in October 1988. It became a global success, reaching #1 in several countries, including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top of the music charts for three weeks. In the US, the song peaked at #24 in early 1989. The song was also highly popular in the early 1990s and was featured on many pop music compilations.
Locations referenced in lyrics (in order of mention)
- Orinoco River, Venezuela
- Tripoli, Libya
- Yellow Sea
- Isles of Ebony
- Coral Sea
- Ebudae (also the title of another Enya song released at a later date)
- The Sea of Clouds, possibly Mount Huangshan, China
- Island of the Moon (Madagascar) (also an island in Lake Titicaca or Isle Maree)
- Ross Dependency
- Rob Dickins, one of the UK's top music industry executives is also referenced in the lyrics.
Uses in popular culture
Samples of the backing track are used in Rebel MC's hit single Tribal Bass (1991).
The song plays over the end credits of series 1, episode 6 of Peep Show and the music video is shown during the episode. The character named Jeremy also talks about Enya during the episode.
The song is also played during Rumpelstiltskin's announcement scene in the 2010 film Shrek Forever After.
- Celtic Woman – Celtic Woman and Celtic Woman: A New Journey
- Libera – New Dawn
- Sarah McCaldwin – Destiny
|UK||Silver||1 November 1988||200,000|
"Desire" by U2
|Irish IRMA number-one single
22 October 1988 – 12 November 1988 (4 weeks)
"Stand Up for Your Love Rights" by Yazz
"One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston
|UK number-one single
29 October 1988 – 12 November 1988 (3 weeks)
"The First Time" by Robin Beck
"Teardrops" by Womack & Womack
|Dutch number-one single
3 December 1988 – 17 December 1988 (3 weeks)
"Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson
"A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins
|Swiss number-one single
11 December 1988 – 8 January 1989 (5 weeks)
"Bring Me Edelweiss" by Edelweiss
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