This is the tenth song from Secret Garden’s album Songs from a Secret Garden, from 1995.
“The Rap is a strange story. I originally wrote it as a Norwegian traditional tune in 4/4 time. Fionnuala Sherry and I recorded a demo of it in my home studio. It was the last song that late evening, and it had no title. Fionnuala said Lets do the rap, and ever since the title has been The Rap. One night during the recording of the CD in Iceland, I heard the tune in 5/4 time in a dream. When I woke up the next morning, I was singing it in the way I had dreamt it. The subconscious had been making a successful twist and all of a sudden, The Rap began to swing. We welcomed the Irish influence with the use of whistles, pipes, and drums. The rhythm seems complicated, changing from 5/4 to 6/4, but Im sure you will find the melody quite natural and easy to sing, without having to count!” -Rolf Lovland