The Memory of Trees

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The Memory of Trees
Album cover: Enya, dressed in a very long, dark gown and matching cap, sits on a stone throne. Her body leans to the right; her chin rests on a folded arm on the armrest as she glances at the viewer. Her name appears on a circular wall decoration above the throne; the album title is engraved on the dais beneath her feet.
Studio album by Enya
Released 5 December 1995 (1995-12-05)[1]
Genre New age, Celtic, pop
Length 43:24
Label WEA (UK)
Reprise (US)
Producer Nicky Ryan
Enya chronology
The Celts
The Memory of Trees
A Day Without Rain
Singles from The Memory of Trees
  1. "Anywhere Is"
    Released: 20 November 1995 (1995-11-20)
  2. "On My Way Home"
    Released: 22 November 1996 (1996-11-22)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

The Memory of Trees is a 1995 studio album by Irish musician Enya. The album sold more than 9 million copies and, in 1997, won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.[1][6]

Enya composed each song on The Memory of Trees; all lyrics are by Roma Ryan. Enya and Nicky Ryan collaborated on the arrangements. The album was recorded, produced, engineered, and mixed by Nicky Ryan at his private recording studio, Aigle Studios. The album's mastering engineer was Arun Chakraverty, who previously remastered The Celts (1992). The executive producer was Rob Dickins.

The cover art derives from the oil painting The Young King of the Black Isles (1906) by Maxfield Parrish, whose work also inspired the aesthetics of some of Enya's music videos, specially "Caribbean Blue". Elizabeth Emanuel designed Enya's dress for the album's photo shoot. Sooky Choi, the album's graphic designer, also laid out the album art and liner notes of The Celts.

In 2009, a limited edition remastered exclusive to Japan was released on SHM-CD with three bonus tracks.[7] It is available on iTunes, Amazon and others.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Roma Ryan, all music composed by Enya.

No. Title Length
1. "The Memory of Trees" (Instrumental) 4:18
2. "Anywhere Is"   3:58
3. "Pax Deorum"   4:58
4. "Athair ar Neamh"   3:39
5. "From Where I Am" (Instrumental) 2:20
6. "China Roses"   4:47
7. "Hope Has a Place"   4:44
8. "Tea-House Moon" (Instrumental) 2:41
9. "Once You Had Gold"   3:16
10. "La Soñadora"   3:35
11. "On My Way Home"   5:08
12. "Oriel Window" (Bonus track on WEA Japan release) 2:22
Total length:

All lyrics are in English except those of "Pax Deorum" (Latin: "Peace of the Gods"), "Athair Ar Neamh" (Irish: "Heavenly Father"), and "La Soñadora" (Spanish: "The Dreamer"). "From Where I Am" and "Oriel Window" are piano solos; "Tea-House Moon" is an instrumental.

"The Memory of Trees" was used in the score of the American television film Shot Through the Heart (1998); "Once You Had Gold" was used in the score of the American romantic comedy film Knocked Up (2007); and "Pax Deorum" was used in the score of the American documentary film For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) and also as an unreleased track on the 1986 BBC documentary 'The Celts'. On 24 July 2011, Yamagata Broadcasting Company of Japan used "China Roses" in its sign-off on the occasion of its final analogue television broadcast.[citation needed] An instrumental version of the song "Athair Ar Neamh" was played when Sofia Hellqvist walked down the aisle during her wedding to Sweden's Prince Carl Philip.


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[8] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[9] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[10] Platinum 50,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[11] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[13] Gold 21,714[13]
France (SNEP)[14] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[16] 3× Platinum 600,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[17] Platinum 100,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[18] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[23] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c The Memory of Trees at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (1995-12-08). "The Memory of Trees Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ Heckman, Don (1995-12-02). "ALBUM REVIEWS : Musical Spirits Continue to Inspire Enya". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Enya - Memory of Trees CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  5. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1996-01-25). "Enya: The Memory of Trees : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 73. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  6. ^ Warner Brazil: Enya Biography
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1996 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  10. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Enya – Memory of Trees" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Enya in the field Interpret. Enter Memory of Trees in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  11. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees". Music Canada. 
  13. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enya; 'The Memory of Trees')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > June 1997 > Certified Awards (April 1997)" (PDF). Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  18. ^ "Polish album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  19. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados > 1995–1999". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392. 
  20. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Memory of Trees in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Enya – The Memory of Trees". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1996". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 

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