The song combines folk and rock instruments. The (amplified) instruments associated with rock music are:
- drum kit
The (acoustic) instruments associated with folk music are:
- violin (fiddle)
A layered (contrapuntal) texture is created through the following:
- A rhythmic pattern on the drum kit.
- A bass line played by bass guitar.
- Chords on the synthesizer and accordion.
- Counter melodies on the melody instruments.
- Phrase 1: Call (in Gaelic).
- Refrain 1: Response (vocables).
- Phrase 2: Call (in Gaelic).
- Refrain 2: Response (vocables).
The overall structure:
- VERSE 1
- VERSE 2
- VERSE 3
- VERSE 4
- VERSE 5
- VERSE 6
- VERSE 7
- VERSE 8
- It is in the key of G Major.
- The piece is entirely diatonic.
- G, E Minor and C are the 3 main chords.
- It has a modal feel.
- The intro established the chord sequence Em-G
- This changes to C-G-Em-G in Verse 4
- In verse 7, the chord sequence changes to Am7-Em-Em-G for 1 verse
- returning to C-G-Em-C in verse 8
- alternating C-G chords in the outro
Rhythm And Metre
- The time signature is 12/8.
- Frequent syncopation in vocal and instrumental lines.
- Use of cross rhythms at the start of the song are created by a hi hat.
The shaker and hi-hat play every two beats giving the rhythm a TRIPLE feel.
- The piece is pentatonic.
- Mainly syllabic.
- Alternates between 1 bar phrases.
- The dynamics build with the texture of the song,
- dropping considerably in verse 7
- A long FADE OUT brings the song to an end