The Mummers' Dance

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"The Mummers' Dance"
Single by Loreena McKennitt
from the album The Book of Secrets
Released September 1997 (North America)
Format CD single
Genre Folk, world, new age
Length 6:08 (Album version)
4:01 (Single version)
Label Quinlan Road
Writer(s) Loreena McKennitt
Producer(s) Loreena McKennitt, Brian Hughes, Donald Quan
Loreena McKennitt singles chronology
"The Bonny Swans"
"The Mummers' Dance"
"Marco Polo"

"The Mummers' Dance" is a single by Canadian Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt from the album The Book of Secrets[1] in 1997. The song was a surprise hit in the United States, reaching #3 in Adult Top 40, #17 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and #18 on The Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The song is the theme song of the TV series Legacy. It was also featured in the trailer for the film Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore, and in the soundtrack of the Brazilian telenovela Corpo Dourado. The song was also made into a music video.

The song was frequently used on the late-night syndicated radio talk show Coast To Coast AM, when show host Art Bell hosted the show.

The song refers to seasonal Mummers Play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits.

It also featured on the albums Live in Paris and Toronto, Nights from the Alhambra, The Olive and the Cedar and the compilation The Journey So Far – The Best of Loreena McKennitt.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Length
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
CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "The Mummers' Dance" (Single Version) 4:00
2. "The Mummers' Dance" (Album Version) 6:08
3. "The Mystic's Dream"   7:40


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1997–98) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 10[4]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 23
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 8
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 14

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 83

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