Album version 3:45 English 2015

About the song

Another key track is ‘The Humming’, a song that muses on the cycle of the universe and how change affects everything. As Nicky recalls: “It began when, after writing the melody line, Enya started humming a small part of the melody. It’s rather appropriate as the title refers to the sound of the early universe which is at around 47 octaves below the lowest note on the piano keyboard. Scientists have compressed this extremely low frequency vibration that the Planck space telescope picked up so that it would be audible to us. It has a humming sound.”Dark Sky Island Press Release

Notes on ‘The Humming’

The title refers to the sound of our early universe. Obviously, the sound is totally inaudible to the human ear, but scientists have now been able to compress their findings from the Planck Space Telescope, so that they can give us an audible rendering of the waves at the beginning of our universe, the result of which could be described as a constant humming sound.

The lyric moves on from this beginning and muses on how, from the smallness of the sub-atomic domain to the gigantic regions of the heavens, there is a certain irony that one constant in the flow of existence is change. One thing can become another. Atoms can become molecules. The two elements of Hydrogen and Oxygen can become water. At the end of its cycle of life as a sun, the sun itself can change to become a supernova. These supernovae seed our planets and earthforms. Trees decay and fall, and from their demise a family of fungi arise to help with regeneration in the cycle of life. Clouds that are born from risen water can then dissolve into rain, which falls to become river or ocean, which once again, in some part, becomes the risen water forming the clouds. Man is only one part of the whole cycle. What a wonderful, complex system surrounds him.

But, even more interesting, is the fact that scientists now say that the universe is mostly made from dark energy, of which we know little about. Then, roughly 25% of the balance is dark matter (still invisible and still mysterious), and the last 4% or 5% is matter – stars, clouds, trees, you, me.

And all the time as we are travelling through our lives, observing clouds and stars, researching and examining, gathering information, living our day-to-day existence, beyond all of this is the humming of the waves of our early universe.Roma Ryan, Warner Music promotional booklet
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The Humming was the first song from Dark Sky Island previewed for the general public. A 23-second excerpt appeared on Enya’s official site on 16 September 2015 accompanied by a short video featuring a starry sky. At the time the title of the track wasn’t known.


and all the light will be, will be
and all the future prophecy
and all the waves; the sea, the sea
and on the road are you and me

and all the winds are like a kiss,
and all the years are nemesis,
and all the moments fall in mist,
and all is dust, remember this.

And all the light will be, will be
and all the waves, the sea,
and all the waves; the sea, the sea
and all the light will be

and all the dust will drift away,
and all the nights, and all the days,
and all the heavens go their way.
and only change is here to stay,

And all the light will be, will be
and all the waves, the sea,
and all the waves; the sea, the sea
and all the light will be

and all the stars without a name,
and all the skies that look the same,
and all the clouds that fade and then,
then all of this begins again…

lyrics by Roma Ryan
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd