Harbour of Tears

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Harbour of Tears
Harbour of Tears.jpg
Studio album by Camel
Released 15 January 1996
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre Progressive rock
Length 62:14
Label Camel Productions
Producer Andy Latimer
Camel chronology
Dust and Dreams
Harbour of Tears
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.0/5 stars[1]

Harbour of Tears is a studio concept album by English progressive rock band Camel. It tells the story of an Irish family who are painfully separated as their young ones depart to the United States to seek a better future. Released in 1996, it was their twelfth studio album.

Title and lyrics[edit]

Band vocalist and guitarist Andrew Latimer learned that the last sight of Ireland his grandmother's family would have seen was Cóbh Harbour, a deep water port that witnessed the fracturing of thousands of families as their sons and daughters departed towards America. Thus the album was titled as the common alias of the port, 'Harbour of Tears'.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Susan Hoover and Andy Latimer, except where noted.

  1. "Irish Air" (Traditional Gaelic) – 0:57
  2. "Irish Air" (Instrumental Reprise) (Latimer) – 1:57
  3. "Harbour of Tears" – 3:13
  4. "Cóbh" (Latimer) – 0:51
  5. "Send Home the Slates" – 4:23
  6. "Under the Moon" (Latimer) – 1:16
  7. "Watching the Bobbins" – 7:14
  8. "Generations" (Latimer) – 1:02
  9. "Eyes of Ireland" – 3:09
  10. "Running from Paradise" (Latimer) – 5:21
  11. "End of the Day" – 2:29
  12. "Coming of Age" (Latimer) – 7:22
  13. "The Hour Candle (A Song for My Father)" (Latimer) – 23:00 (actual music 8:03)


Additional musicians[edit]

Other credits[edit]

  • Mixed by Andy Latimer and Colin Bass
  • Sleeve design by Jon Storey


  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. "Harbour of Tears - Camel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011.