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Past Present is the twelfth album by Irish folk group Clannad, released in 1989. It is a compilation of the band's work up to 1989. It includes two new songs not found on any previous or (to date) successive Clannad album, "The Hunter" and "World of Difference". Three singles were released to promote the compilation: "The Hunter", "In a Lifetime" (re-issue) and the band's only double A-side "Hourglass"/"Theme from Harry's Game". A book of sheet music for all songs except "Stepping Stone" was also produced.

Track listing

  1. "Theme from Harry's Game" – 2:26
  2. "Closer to Your Heart" – 3:28
  3. "Almost Seems " – 4:48
  4. "The Hunter" – 4:53
  5. "Lady Marian" – 3:19
  6. "Sirius" – 5:34
  7. "Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair" – 5:56
  8. "Second Nature" – 3:19
  9. "World of Difference" – 4:00
  10. "In a Lifetime" (a duet with Bono) – 3:07
  11. "Robin " – 2:49
  12. "Something to Believe In" – 4:44
  13. "Newgrange" – 4:02
  14. "Buachaill Ón Éirne" – 3:07
  15. "White Fool" – 4:37
  16. "Stepping Stone" – 3:52


Chart (1989) Peak

UK Albums Chart 5


Past Present is a sheet music book by Irish band Clannad. The book was published to coincide with their album and video of the same name. The book provides sheet music for all songs except "Stepping Stone". The book is now out of print, but can be found in libraries around the world (click on ISBN in infobox). Credits in the books vary depending on the edition, of which there are two.


  1. "Theme from Harry's Game"
  2. "Closer to Your Heart"
  3. "Almost Seems "
  4. "The Hunter"
  5. "Lady Marian"
  6. "Sirius"
  7. "Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair"
  8. "Second Nature"
  9. "World of Difference"
  10. "In a Lifetime" (a duet with Bono)
  11. "Robin "
  12. "Something to Believe In"
  13. "Newgrange"
  14. "Buachaill Ón Éirne"
  15. "White Fool"


The video for Past Present is still widely available online, although has not been republished by the record companies involved. Rumours have been brought to the forefront on a possible DVD release, although no evidence has been shown to prove the foundations of these.


  1. Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) – opening sequence
  2. Harry's Game
  3. An Mhaighdean Mhara
  4. Closer To Your Heart
  5. Something To Believe In
  6. Teir Abhaile
  7. Robin (The Hooded Man)
  8. Newgrange
  9. Hourglass
  10. Buachaill Ón Éirne
  11. The Hunter
  12. In A Lifetime
  13. Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) – closing sequence

Times vary between scenes with the closing credits on some USAmarker versions of the video showing the full track Almost Seems (Too Late To Turn) at the end of the VHS.

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