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These Walls

We welcome you to this our land
To every nation near and far
Throughout this world so full of wonder
We stand beneath a shining star

We have no need of gold or riches
All that we ask is what you see
The sun to sparkle on the water
And sit beside our family

These walls are more than what you see
More than the stone that kept us free
They are the heart that beats within
A country proud where all is king
These walls that stand so proud and strong
Have inspired a thousand songs
A thousand stories they can tell
And hold you in their mystic spell

If I could have but just one wish
It would be that all could come
To share with us all that we love
And sit beneath our setting sun

When your time with us has ended
And you are sitting far away
Remember this our time together
And in your hearts, we hope we’ll stay

The Story Behind The Song

I love Croatia, its people, food, weather and just about everything else except the language, which is a nightmare to learn. I also love the music, and in particular Klapa which is an acapella choir singing traditional songs, sung with great emotion and always perfectly in tune. The tourists love it, but they will listen to an entire Klapa concert and not understand a single word. I thought it would be nice to have a song in English which welcomed tourists and said how proud Croatians are of their city of Dubrovnik. With that purpose in mind, I wrote this song in the hope that one of the many local klapa choir would sing it.