The Mummers' Dance

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"The Mummers' Dance"
The Mummers' Dance single.jpg
Single by Loreena McKennitt
from the album The Book of Secrets
B-side
  • "The Mystic's Dream"
  • "Marrakesh Night Market" (live)
  • "The Dark Night of the Soul" (live)
ReleasedNovember 1997 (1997-11)
Length
  • 6:08 (album version)
  • 4:01 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)Loreena McKennitt
Producer(s)
Loreena McKennitt singles chronology
"The Bonny Swans"
(1995)
"The Mummers' Dance"
(1997)
"Marco Polo"
(1998)

"The Mummers' Dance" is a song written and performed by Canadian Celtic fusion singer Loreena McKennitt, released as a single from her sixth studio album, The Book of Secrets (1997), in November 1997. The song refers to the seasonal mummers' play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits. Its lyrics indicate a springtime holiday.

As remixed by electronic music production duo DNA, "The Mummers' Dance" reached number 10 in Canada and No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Adult Top 40 chart, and No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart. It was used as the theme for the TV series Legacy. It was also used in the trailer for the film Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore, and in the soundtrack of the Brazilian telenovela Corpo Dourado. A music video was also produced for the selection.

Track listings[edit]

Canadian CD single[1]
No.TitleLength
1."The Mummers' Dance" (single version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance" (album version)6:08
3."The Mystic's Dream"7:40
CD-maxi[2]
No.TitleLength
1."The Mummers' Dance" (single version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance"6:08
3."Marrakesh Night Market" (live)6:44
4."The Dark Night of the Soul" (live)6:20

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "The Mummers' Dance"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States November 1997 Adult album alternative radio [16]
December 9, 1997 Contemporary hit radio [17]
February 17, 1998
  • CD
  • cassette
[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mummers' Dance (Canadian CD single liner notes). Loreena McKennitt. Warner Bros. Records. 1997. CD 22507.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ "Loreena McKennitt – The Mummers' Dance". australian-charts.com. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3476." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3486." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  8. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Loreena McKennitt Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Hits of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 68, no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  12. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1998". Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  14. ^ "Canada's Top 200 Singles of 2001". Jam!. Archived from the original on July 26, 2002. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  15. ^ "Canada's Top 200 Singles of 2002 (Part 2)". Jam!. January 14, 2003. Archived from the original on September 6, 2004.
  16. ^ "Radio Not 'Mum' About McKennitt's New Single". Radio & Records. No. 1227. December 12, 1997. p. 38.
  17. ^ "New Releases". Radio & Records. No. 1226. December 5, 1997. p. 38.
  18. ^ Sandiford-Waller, Theda (February 7, 1998). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight". Billboard. Vol. 110, no. 6. p. 93. ...slating a Feb. 17 in-store date for ['The Mummers' Dance'].

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