Song Lyrics

We receive many, many requests for the lyrics for songs sung by Spiral Dance, so we've decided to include a Song Lyrics page on our web site

The vast majority of our songs are written by Adrienne and she maintains the copyright for these lyrics

However, if you wish to cover one of our songs, please Contact Us; we'd much rather know who and where the songs are going and let you share them with our Blessing!

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TRACK LISTING:

"WOMAN OF THE EARTH"
The Goddess and the Weaver
Man from the Stars
Joe Come Back
Holly Lord
Moonlight
Into the Green
Hour of the Wytch
Woman of the Earth

"OVER THE NINE WAVES"
The Gathering
Over the Nine Waves
Midnight Calls
Setanta's Cup
Flower of Ireland
Warrior Woman
The Raven's Shadow
Cattle Raid of Cooley
Day of Reckoning
Hollow Hills

"MAGICK"
Weaving the Summer
The Door
Magick
Raven's Lore
Faerie Tale
Song for a Selkie
Pan
Bloudwedd
Marooned on Venus
Blackthorn's Rune
Shadow Wood
Witch's Rune
Burning Times

"NOTES OF BEING"
Journey
Black Annis
The Dewy Dells of Yarrow
Boys of Bedlam
Hill of Avalon
Marie Celeste
Farewell Alexandria
Moon and a Tinderbox
Gartan Mother's Lullaby
The Ninth Wave
Earth Wassail
The Rape of Maude Bowen
Spiral Horn

"THE QUICKENING"
Holly Lord

Solstice Evergreen
The Quickening
Into the Green
Weaving the Summer
Tolven Stone
Harvest Song
Ride the Wind
The Oak
Beltaine Waltz/Grackle Cackle
Voodoo Bayou
Wayland's Steel
Here be Giants
Tarry Trousers

"WORTS 'N' ALL"
Song for a Selkie
Harvest Carol/Harvest Song
Pan
Voodoo Bayou
Derriere les Carreaux/Moninette/The Man in the Brown Hat
Man from the Stars
Magick/Black Annis/Garden of Light
Witches Rune
Black Water Deep
Burning Times

"FROM THE MIST"
Woman of the Earth
The Goddess and the Weaver
Magick
Pan
Black Annis
The Dewy Dells of Yarrow
Boys of Bedlam
The Quickening
Holly Lord
Tarry Trousers
Song for a Selkie
Voodoo Bayou
Burning Times
Rise Up

"THROUGH A SYLVAN DOORWAY"
The Sylvan Doorway
Fae Dance
Spirit of Albion
Asgard's Chase
Wyvern Rider's Tune Set
Gift of the Boinne
Rise Up
Winter's Dreaming
Witch's Tree
Pocket Full of Thyme
Sing the Stones
Of Gods and Other Men
Feet of Clay
Summer's Farewell
Step it out Mary
An Dro Tune Set

"WICKERMAN"
Wickerman
 
"THE GREEN ALBUM"
Spirit of the Green
 

WOMAN OF THE EARTH

The Goddess and the Weaver
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus
Arachnea weaves and she weaves so well
she weaves a passage where the God's will fly
Athena laughs as she casts her spell
while she watches from her loom on high

Athena, Athena, Goddess born lady you're a jealous one
and Arachea knows that you are watching her
waiting for her work to be undone
Athena, have you set the quest
will you take the weave and will you break the weft
or will you let this lady spin her tapestry
of a tale untold and then set her free

Arachne, Arachnea the Goddess Athena has a quest for you
and you must weave a story of the God's that rule
in all their mystery and you must tell it true
so Arachnea's woven for seven moons
she's spun with silver thread upon an apple wood loom
and she's told the story of the God's that rule
in all their mystery and yes she's told it true

so Athena came to earth disguised as a crone
to gaze upon the tapestry this mortal woman's sewn
and in and out the fabric that was stretched across the loom
the sins and secrets of the God's were shows

Athena, Athena, Goddess born lady you're an angry one
and as you spin your spell around Arachnea
to shift her shape into a weaving one
and as Arachnea sits and weaves upon her web
she casts her mind back and she remembers when
she told the story of the God's that rule
in all their mystery and how she told it true

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Man from the Stars
(Adrienne Piggott)

The sun has sank below my sill and the moon she rose, she rises
Orion comes down from the hill and he comes in many guises
there is a storm out on the sea but the clouds they are now lifting
I feel Orion follow me and I know he is shape shifting
and the shadow at the windows tell me that Orion's found me
so I must fly into the night and the black moon will surround me

I know Orion's watching me with eyes across the sky
and Orion's voice comes on the wind he calls me with a sigh
and I feel Orion take my hand his fingers are the air
there is no peace or no release when I know Orion's there
and the whisper of the wind it tells me that Orion's found me
so I must fly into the night and the black moon will surround me

And if Orion was an owl I know that he could see me
I long to hide but I must bide and I know he'll never free me
so now I wait for the mornings light and I'll watch Phoebus rise
my time's been lent his bodies spent and he'll return to the skies
and the crystals at the window tell me that the mornings here
Orion's gone, I'm all alone and I have no more to fear
so when night comes to your land look out across the skyline
and let the sun guide you tomorrow for tonight will be Orion's time

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Joe Come Back
(R. Tonkin)

Joe he's gone across the sea
sailed away a year ago
said he'd come and marry me
I sit waiting for my Joe

Chorus
Joe my Joe come back to me
from where ever you may be
Joe my Joe come back to me

Down upon the harbour side
there you'll find me every morn
hoping with the first day light
to see the white sails in the dawn

My Joe he is a fine young man
my Joe's a man of honour
I know he'll come back if he can
or take no other lover

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Holly Lord
(Adrienne Piggott)

Tonight the west wind blows through the hills bending the wheat
through the bracken over the gorse howling across the peat
elf-fires redden the sky and there's witches on the wind
and it's into the darkness of winter we go as the wheel of the seasons spin
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll fall the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

On the hills they'll light the bonfires to burn upon the sacred ground
shadows dance across the flames to the witch bell sound
spirits call with haunted voices from the other side
and it's into the darkness and out of the light as the earth turns with the tide
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll call the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

This night will mark the end and beginning of our year
we'll call out to the ones of old to make the future clear
beneath the moon of the elder tree and by the embers glowing red
they'll pass into the summer land until the winter's fled
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll call the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

And deep beneath the earth she'll lie cold and low
waiting for her sister of the spring to show
it's farewell to our Oaken Lord and with the Holly bide
and it's into the darkness and out of the light as the earth turns with the tide

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Moonlight
(R. Tonkin)

Come and see the moonlight on the water she said to me and took my hand
and on that warm and starry night we went and stood upon the golden sand
to gaze upon the silver path that glistened and spread across the midnight sea
she stepped out and turned around to face me, come and see the world with me
but with every step the water rose about me she said this only happens because you doubt me

Come and see the world from on a moon beam she said to me still standing there
all the troubles of your life will soon seem to fade away and you won't care
I stood with my waist beneath the water, she upon the silver light
she stepped higher turned around to face me, follow me into the night
but with every step the water rose around me she said this only happens because you doubt me

No my dear I fear I cannot follow the path you treat so easily
you may reach the moon but I must wallow upon the bottom of the sea
I could never stroll the skies beside you I could never live that way she said
you'll never know what's been denied you and on her light she sailed away
and with every step I left behind the water, but on a moonlit night I still can hear her laughter

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Into the Green
(Adrienne Piggott)

The wind in the willows Oh the winter nights have been so cold and long
blows through the willows and haunts us with her icy song
I hide in my pillows keep my nose from the cold night air
but out by the willows I know the sign of spring is almost there

Chorus
Where are you? Where are you? Where have you gone Jack in the Green?
I'll find you I'll find you I'll seek you out where the winter's been
look for you look for you hiding out in the summer land
Where are you? Where are you? Where are you Jack my green man?

Beneath the willows I watch the clouds in the summer sky
beneath the willows I dream the where the green man lies
there I will follow along the path of his leafy feet
I am the willow and I'm dancing in fields of meadowsweet

My arms surround him Oh I hold the green man close to me
his leaves are falling I know he'll soon be gone from me under
the willow the autumn breeze caresses me
under my pillow I've found the seed he's left for me

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Hour of the Wytch
(Adrienne Piggott)

As you walk across the moor feel the wind stir about you
a crescent moon in the sky and she's there to guide you
and the pounding in your head is there to remind you
the spells been cast aha ha the spells been cast

there's a feeling in the air as ancient as the standing stones
you hear voices everywhere and you know you're not alone
and you'll go to her in the night as the magick has been spoken
and the claims been made aha ha the claims been made

Each knot I make and then untie will stir the wind to fill the sky
into my looking glass I scry I see your face it passes by
I light night candles in a row, six to make your passion grow
two to lead you to my door and one is for the power
of the wytches hour, aha ha the wytches hour

When was this bargain made or did you dream it in your sleep
the lady's waiting there and it's a promise you must keep
for the power that you sought for just one day in your life
she must be repaid aha ha must be repaid

So you walk into her hall and the shadows surround you
there's the sweet smell of her scent and you feel her all around you
and then you taste her with your lips and you know the witch has found you
and the time has come aha ha the time has come

Fair am I when first you see, touch my spirit set me free
in the state you'll come to me the essence of this mystery
now the dark one do behold, all the secrets will unfold
reaching from the ages old do you feel the power
of the wytches power aha ha the wytches power

The night has left the sky and now you're all alone
there's no one but the dawn to escort you home
and the memory of that lady lingers with you still
and the love you made aha ha the love you made

There's a feeling in the air as ancient as the standing stones
you hear voices everywhere and you know you're not alone
and you'll go to her in the night as the magick has been spoken
and the claims been made aha ha the claims been made

Each knot I make and then untie will stir the wind to fill the sky
into my looking glass I scry I see your face it passes by
I light night candles in a row, six to make your passion grow
two to lead you to my door and one is for the power
of the wytches hour, aha ha the wytches hour

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Woman of the Earth
(Adrienne Piggott)

I am a woman of the earth and I stand between the sea and the sand
I guide the sun at each days birth, I hold the moon in my right hand
I am the nimbus in your sky, look through the crystal, see me fly
I am the lady of the lake, touch the sword feel the earth shake
And we'll walk the paths that the old ones walk
And we'll dance the dances they taught us
And we'll sing the songs that the old ones sang
For the magick now has caught us.

It's in the forest where the wild wolf hides, she waits for the pull of the new spring tides
And the call of the young horned man, she'll lie and mate with the rhythm of the land
And the spells she'll cast into the night, a spiral dance, a mid-summer rite
She'll kindle wood, light the fire, draw the circle, evoke desire
And she'll walk the path that the old ones walk
And she'll dance the dances they taught her
And she'll sing the songs that the old ones sang for the magick now has caught her

Throw the stones, read the runes, feel the power, draw down the moon
Rowan, Oak and Hawthorn tree, in the scrying bowl we see
Fire, water, earth and air, this ancient wisdom that we share
Look to the moon, seek the find, here is the power of woman kind
Come walk the paths that the old ones walk, come dance the dances they taught us
Come sing the songs that the old ones sang, for the magick now has caught us

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OVER THE NINE WAVES

The Gathering
(Adrienne Piggott)

From the snow capped mountains on the westward side
a bard and his lady came travelling
through the valley I watched them ride
along the path they'd been following
into the the realms where the ancients dwell
down deep into the shadowing
and waited till the wind lay still
and for the call of the Gathering

Nuada of the silver arm
your magic sword is true and keen
gather the people to your side
between sea and sand the war will be
take the North wind at your back
let your druids set their powers free
and banish the seagods from your shore
to sail upon the eternal sea

Chorus
And from the four cities of the northern lands
came four talismen to the De Dannna's hands
and against the seagods made their stand
and won the heart of Ireland

And with the shadow of the night
came Balor of the evil eye
and along his dreaded armies marched
to stand between the sea and sky
but shining Lugh, his spear he threw
enough to make the Seagod scream
and killed Balor of the evil eye
as fortold in the druid's prophecy

The father of the God's stands near
with a wondrous cauldron in his hands
to fee De Dannan's fighting men
and all who dwell within these green lands
you'll never hunger, you'll never thirst
you will never want for more to give you strength
to send the evil ones from Ireland's shore

The stone of Fal I watched them lay
deep in the soil of Tara
a magick stone, a stones that screams
when the rightful king stands upon her
accept your fate De Dannan Kings
the stone from whence your kingship came
as Danu guides you through all time
to the light of her eternal flame

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Over the Nine Waves
(R. Tonkin)

It's a tune, silly!

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Midnight Calls
(R. Tonkin)

Midnight calls and I will answer
now I say goodbye
you may seek me in the fading
stars of morning sky
as the daytime shadows lengthen
then I may return
as the sun hides in the hillside
I began to burn

Chorus
Who are you I hear you asking
who are you I hear you cry
in the answer lies the question
in the reason sits the why

Falling stars shall be my teardrops
moonbeams are my touch of love
comet blaze shall be my anger
sunrise says that I forgive
close your eyes against the starlight
touch the heavens with your mind
then you will begin to see me
never knowing what you find

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Setanta's Cup
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus
She wears a cloak from the otherworld
into the mist she'll fly
on the wings of a swan
her love waits there on the otherside

Druid's child, daughter of the moon
standing there in your pale robes on your wedding day
was the power in the cup, was the vision in wine?
Is there truth to your dreaming?
It's time you were away

Chorus

Lover of a God, chosen by the shining one
bound to his mystery she took his seed
she's coming back from her fantasy
back into reality
with a gift from a God, Ulster's need

Chorus

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Flower of Ireland
(R. Tonkin)

From the north came the Hound and he has said to me
who are you pretty maid laughing so free
mistress of riddling, mistress of making rhyme
I understand your words don't waste my time
since I have seen your face, met with your charming grace
no other woman can please me now
I am forever lost, tell me what is the cost
you place on giving your wedding vow

Flower of Ireland you've taken my heart
now we have met may we never more part
Flower of Ireland can you understand
I will not rest till you give me your hand

To the Hound I have said “show me what you are worth
give me good reason to plight you my troth
can you complete all the tasks I have set for you
that is the price of a love that is true”
Cuchulain says to me I will do all for thee
I will take any task you require
and when all is said and done then will the hound return
knowing that he'll have his hearts desire

Flower of Ireland you've taken my heart
now we have met may we never more part
Flower of Ireland can you understand
I will not rest till you give me your hand

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Warrior Woman
(Adrienne Piggott)
From the green land I come, across the plain of ill luck
I seek the shadowy one, where on the Isle of Skye
she waits for me, will she give to me her secrets?
Of her magick weaponry, Warrior Woman

Onto the bridge of fate I'll step, I must take care
I must not touchthe sea washed plain
down to clear water,where white horses fly
on the border of the ocean, this rising tide
will take me to you, Warrior Woman

Chorus
And the battle rage comes upon me
like a flare from the sun
and in a wave of red gold heat
I know the madness has begun
I'll break your heart, I'll break your bones
I am the hound of Ulster

And the shadows lay in wait, wrapped in a cloak of mist
her silence is a roar, and her power screams to me
mistress of the art, teacher of swordcraft
dressed in woad, Warrior Woman
and with the breath of time, speaking in her mother tongue
I'll take the knowledge on, and I'll discover
it's all within me, wrapped around my being
your name lives on, Warrior Woman

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The Raven's Shadow
(Adrienne Piggott)

On a cold and wintry night
two lovers lay by firelight
vows exchanged and limbs entwined
closed their eyes to dream a while
and in the warm glow as they slept
into the young man's mind a stranger
crept on silent wings with a measured step
came the Lady Morrighan

Awake, awake young hero
who is this woman you have bound yourself to?
Awake, awake young hero
who is this girl you've take to wife?
Arise, arise my hero
come follow me into the dawn of tomorrow
arise, arise my hero
come with me now or forfeit your life

As his young love gently slept
into the land of dreams he went
to find the voice that was Goddess
sent to seek the Lady Morrighan
and in that strange and distant land
a raven woman awaited him
but his love she'll never have
he'll not fly with you Morrighan

Beware, beware young hero
I mark this time now that you have mocked me
beware, beware young hero
when I felt love has now turned to hate
take care, take care my hero
a Goddess rejected will not be forgotten
take care, take care my hero
I'll have your life now you've sealed your fate

And in the morning's early light
he awoke with his young love by his side
the dreaming now had left his mind
but not the shadow of Morrighan

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Cattle Raid of Cooley
(R. Tonkin)

It's a song without words - or as us musicians call it, a tune!

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Day of Reckoning
(Adrienne Piggott)

Down beside the lake of dragons, deep within the castle walls
the warrior Queen of Connaught's planning for a hero's downfall
to her side she calls her mages, witches from the shadow world
to her side she calls the Raven Goddess of the battlefield
and in the darkest depths of night upon an icy wind they flew
to wait for the Champion to heed their battle call

Chorus
You took a slight from Ulster's hero
you lost your man and the wound went deep
now you've got a score to settle
now you'll see revenge is sweet
Queen Maeve, Queen Maeve, riding from your borders
Calitin witches at your head
conjuring the leaves into an army
turning the sky blood red

Upon the plain of Murthemne, thick with smoke and screams of war
tongues of fire lick the sky, slash of lightening, thunder roar
into the madness rode the hero, sword glowing in his hand
into the pall of death he strode against the Queen to make his stand
but the goblin brood screeched their curses, letting fly their poison spears
in a flash of steel they watched the bright warrior fall

Facing the phantom army, back against a standing stone
life blood has left his veins, hero light about him gone
and from the ranks of Queen Maeve's army Morrighan the raven came
to sit upon the dead man's shoulders, victory to proclaim
and in then night when all fell silent came a keening on the wind
a cry for Ulster's hero the Hound Of Cullen

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Hollow Hills
(Adrienne Piggott)

The sky was draped with a silver net
far flung out across the sea
and a mist descended on the land
echoes of ancient alchemy
and the people of the Goddess Danu came
from deep within the hollow hills
and took the tragic hero home
to the land of faerie

Grey clad they left in the spirit flight
into the maze of that enchanted land
between the realms of peerless light
where truth and dream walk hand in hand
and bound by their ancient law
as foretold in the prophecy
they took the tragic hero home
to the land of faerie

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MAGICK

Weaving the Summer
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus 1
Hail to the summer, hail to the summer
the season that drives the cold winter away
Hail to the summer, hail to the summer
light your bonfire today is Beltaine

Chorus 2
High on Mount Caburn we look down on Tolkien land
the mist rolls away catch the sun on the sea
the ring of the morris bells brings on the May morning
set free your spirit come dance up the dawn

Down west in Padstow the wee 'oss spins round and round
fired by the teaser who's calling him on
the rhythm of the drums in the hills up above the town
brings out the people for dancing and song

Chorus 1 & 2

In the old town of Hastings the streets lie in wait today
garlands of ivy and flowers are seen
we'll look for the man who wears a green leafy coat
release the summer please Jack In the Green

Chorus 1 & 2

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The Door
(Blackthorn)

Night spirit calling me into the darkness of the trees
calling me to where the green one lies
with lichen and moss on her oak-flesh thighs
spirals of woad decorate her skin
calling me wayward, drawing me in

Chorus
Moonbeams cast on the forest floor
are lighting my way to her secret door

Night spirit calling me into the darkness of the trees
calling me to where the green one sleeps
the mist of her breath on the ivy creeps
white as the owl that take the bird
soft as the cry that she has heard

Night spirit calling me into the darkness of the trees
calling me to where the green one breathes
shadow and light on the falling leaves
wet as the rain that roots the seed
with a promise that's kept in the darkening trees

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Magick
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus
Magickal fire your flames they burn higher
with you we aspire to reach for the sun
We'll meet at moonrise, connect with the ley lines
beneath the night sky dance and be one

Come stand within the circle that you and I have cast
within the boundary of this time we'll take the knowing path
hail to the elements, four quarters we command
freely we are here and between the worlds we'll stand

Power of the Earth I call you from the South
from the East the air come I call you now
the North to send in fire illuminate the night
water from the West bring power to this rite

Alternative verse (Northern Hemisphere)
Power of the Earth I call you from the North
from the East the air come I call you forth
the South to send in fire illuminate the night
water from the West bring power to this rite

And the Goddess and the God will join us on this night
with them our spells be carried and aid us in the sight
power to the circle for we are all kin
merry meet, merry part and merry meet again

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Raven's Lore
(Blackthorn)

Darksome night and darksome lore
the tale is told in the shade of the Tor
of how a young man's soul shall bear the mark
of a King Stag's horn and a Raven's heart

The old Horned One saith deep and slow
give to me the life you owe
and the brave young man who flees so fast
delivers his heart to the Kina at last

The challenge you fear is only death
and the secret that waits in your dying breath
so yield to the Raven, have no fear
she is the Dark Maid, she is the seer

And he cries …. “O where is the maiden so white and so fair
with the feathers of death in her shadowy hair
O where O where is the maiden dark
whose gift to me is her beating heart”

She said “come beloved and lie with me
upon the earth by the blackthorn tree
and high above and over the Tor
let the new horned moon keep Raven's lore”'

“When the moon's full dark so shall you run
through the woods in the guise of the old Horned one
and I as the Raven so fair and white
shall circle the Tor through the darksome night”

“And every time the moon wanes dark
and you and I share the sacred heart
then shall the womb of the land in the Tor
sound the rune of the Raven's lore”

And he cries …. “O where is the maiden so white and so fair
with the feathers of death in her shadowy hair
O where O where is the maiden dark
whose gift to me is her beating heart”

Darksome night and darksome lore
the tale is told in the shade of the Tor

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Faerie Tale
(Adrienne Piggott)

Through the dark and cold winter long
they hold together in ancient song
waiting for the spring to set them
free by oak and ash and rowan tree
and they dance all night till the sun does rise
and spread it's beams across the skies
then they'll speak their secrets wise
in the arms of the great stone circle

CHORUS
And if you go around widdershins
there's faerie folk who live within
it's nine times round you must dance and spin
in the arms of the great stone circle
light, light a fire in the night
jump through the flames as the flames burn bright
see the world through elfin sight
in the arms of the great stone circle

Sing to the moon when she is round
and luck for you will then abound
what you seek for shall be found
in the arms of the great stone circle
come with me at Halloween
and follow the march of the Faerie Queen
on Elf King hill she shall be seen
in the arms of the great stone circle

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Song for a Selkie
(Adrienne Piggott)

Clouds dance across the face of old Mother Moon
shadows slip beneath the waves
as the tide pulls me in
cries in the night from the kingdom of the wind
my longing for the ocean
the waves take me on my journey
storm swept coast lines stir in my memory
shades of forgotten isles
scenes from the mighty deep
lone sails in winter stray to the siren's song
in seas as black as night
they come to me as I sleep

CHORUS
Shadowy wanderers with dark fey eyes
watch me from the water line
their silent voices call to me
they won't reveal their mystery
I hear her breathing
song for a selkie

New horizons are beckoning to me my longing for the ocean
just a motion of the heart
echoes of another time are reaching out to me
the freedom of the ocean
it's time for me to follow
down to where the sun and moon shine with a cooler light
I'll slip beneath their passage
the waves take me on my journey

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Pan
(Adrienne Piggott)

From the hidden world music seeps
and with the sunlight crosses over
a soft voice from memory speaks of another land
figures moving just out of sight
in the shadows you can't quite catch it
moving through the dappled light stands the horned man

He's watching you, he'll follow you
he's taking time from the green wood
You'll hear his tune, it's on the wind
it's the pipes of Pan

And from the borrow mounds
from dark secret places
where salmon wisdom dreams in rivers cold and deep
beyond the hidden world
spirits stir at his passing
Pan walks on cloven hooves to where the old Gods sleep

Recall the tune you have the key
he'll lead the dance to the green man
with secret words he'll take you there
on the pipes of Pan

From the hidden world music seeps
and with the sunlight crosses over
a soft voice from memory speaks of another land
beyond the hidden world
spirits stir at his passing
Pan walks on cloven hooves to where the old Gods sleep

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Blodeuwedd
(Blackthorn)

Deft of hand, the fairest youth mortal ever saw
denied a wife by his mother, the wise one Aranrhod
two magicians with all of the their powers
by magick made him a bride out of flowers

Chorus
From broom and oak and meadowsweet
fair of face and breast and feet
conjured out of the otherworld
she became Bloduewedd

Blodeuwedd, baptised in the way of the old
and given to sleep with the fairest youth mortal ever saw
yet Bloduewedd was filled to the brim
with a passionate love for the Lord of Penllyn

Making love, three nights and bearing no delay
making love while the chieftain of the court was away
and when he returned to the Flower's bed
she discovered the art that would see him dead

Upon a hill, when passed a day and one long year
her love true, smote her husband with a poison spear
in the form of an eagle he screamed and flew
henceforth she slept with her lover true

Enchanters both, Gwydion and Math son of Mathonwy
heavy with grief, searched for the son of the prophecy
three songs to eagle's rotting flesh
returned Lleu Llaw Gyffes to his own likeness

“Better shall I be pleased the sooner I have relief”
so said Lleu and so said Math son of Mathonwy
on Blodeuwedd an enchantment was laid
“thou'll never be seen by the light of day”

Blodeuwedd made from flowers, flower bride
faithless bride, your owl self you cannot hide
I would do to thee that which is worse
Blodeuwedd here is thy curse

From flowers, fire, water, air
with magick in her flowing hair
conjured out of the otherworld
she became Bloduewedd

From broom and oak and meadowsweetfair of face and breast and feet conjured out of the otherworld
she became Bloduewedd

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Marooned on Venus
(Adrienne Piggott)

Moon dancing through your window
shimmer shadow across the floor
you can't sleep you feel so restless
have you never felt this way before?

Love is night and the tide is calling
you know you'd move with perfect synergy
and in your mind the movie's rolling
pulsing with sensual energy.........

CHORUS
And if she speaks in riddles, if she speaks in rhymes
and you understand the meaning set between the lines
and if you can lose yourself when you look into her eyes
and the sound of the wind is like a lovers sigh
then you're marooned on Venus.........

Day dreaming through your waking
it's time to get your feet back on the ground
and you think that it's yours for the taking
that it's the best thing that you ever found
but love is night and fickle Venus is calling
she's gone and put your head up in the stars
and it seems you'll never reach her
perhaps you should've just stayed there on Mars.........

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Blackthorn's Rune
(Blackthorn)

By the way of the little wood
where once the faerie hill fort stood
then on the hip of the stream that winds
and through the mist of the root that binds

by the pool, by the stone
where the wild stag comes alone
in the black the raven's wing
in the lays the salmons sing
beneath the blackthorn's groaning bough
upon the hill’s moon crusted brow
and with the owl's swift decree
then it is I'll come to thee
when all is not as it would seem
and the wind speaks through a dream
and the fire is in the sea
then it is I'll come to thee
not by storm nor by flame
yet by the way the darkness came.............

In the dawning's star pale light
in the need fire's embers bright
when the earth grip has your bones
and the wind your dying moans
then it is I shall appear
like the shadows creeping near
dreaming seeded in my womb
flaming arrows from my loom
when the moon cup crowns the hill
and the reeds are blowing still
wait by the magick apple tree
there it is I'll come to thee

When all is not as it has been
and the truth is as the dream
when the sword at last is free
then it is I'll come to thee
not by storm, nor by flame
yet by the way the darkness came

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Shadow Wood
(R. Tonkin)

Upon a fine and sunny spring morn Ellen and her friends went walking
to greet the colours of the dawn, to hear the sweet birds talking
as they wandered down the path, each girl sang as her mother taught her
“stay away from the Shadow Wood, stay and be your mother's daughter”

Chorus
Twisting, turning Shadow Wood, flowers of colours of the rainbow
those who seek the Shadow Wood bring their friends and lovers sorrow
those who seek the Shadow Wood will never come to know tomorrow

As the sun climbed over head Ellen and her friends descended
down the side of a valley green to where the path way ended
down beside the trees so tall with birds on every branch a singing
“stay away from the Shadow Wood, go and be your mother's darling”

As the sun began to set, shadows to the town came creeping
shadows with the shape and form of Ellen and her friends all weeping
voiced spoke in every house, come say goodbye to your daughter
she has gone to the Shadow Wood, she was taken in the slaughter

As the moon began to rise, Ellen and her friends went flying
into the depths of a golden cask in which a girl was lying
every mother saw her child, her face, her lips her falling hair
all twisted like the Shadow Wood into a single body there.

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Witch's Rune
(Doreen Valiente and Gerald Gardiner)

Darksome night and shining moon
East and South and West and North
harken to the Witches rune
here we come to call ye forth
Earth and water, air and fire
wand and pentacle and sword
work ye unto our desire
harken ye unto our word

Cords and censer, scourge and knife
power of the witch's blade
waken all ye unto life
come ye as the charm is made
lady of the sacred well
horned hunter of the night
lend your power unto this spell
work our will by magick rite
by all the power of land and sea
by all the might of moon and sun
as we will so mote it be
chant the spell and be it done
Eko eko azarak
Eko eko zornalak
Eko eko Cernunnos
Eko Eko Arada

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Burning Times
(Charlie Murphy)

In the cool of the evening, they used to gather
'neath the stars in the meadow circled near an old oak tree
at the times appointed by the seasons
of the Earth and the phases of the moon
in the centre, often stood a woman
equal with the others and respected for her worth
one of the many we call the witches
the healers and the teachers of the wisdom of the Earth
and the people grew in the knowledge she gave them
herbs to heal their bodies, spells to make their spirits whole
hear them chanting healing incantations
calling forth the wise ones, celebrating in dance and song

{Refrain}
Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innana

There were those who came to power, through domination
and they were bonded in their worship of a dead man on a cross
they sought control of the common people
by demanding allegiance to the Church of Rome
and the Pope declared the inquisition
it was a war against the women, whose power they feared
in that holocaust against the nature people
nine million European women died
and the tale is told of those, who by the hundreds
holding together chose their death in the sea
while chanting the praises of the Mother Goddess
a refusal of betrayal, women were dying to be free

{Refrain}
Now the Earth is a witch, and the men still burn her
stripping her down with mining, and the poisons of their wars
still to us the Earth is a healer, a teacher, a mother
the weaver of a web of life that keeps us all alive
she gives us the vision to see through the chaos
she gives us the courage, it is our will to survive

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NOTES OF BEING

Journey
(Adrienne Piggott)

She walks upon the castle wall
catching shadows cast by the moon
hearing voices from ghosts of old
strands of ancient memories

Chorus
She has touched the stone and she has cross the line
she will walk this path this journey back in time ….....alone

And he's waiting by the castle wall
a slip of memory he was once so real
and through the fabric of time she came
his lover from a future place

Chorus

A beam of light, a shift of stone
lightning snapping through a summer storm
where it's pulled her to the visions edge
and through the ages hear his beating heart

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Black Annis
(Adrienne Piggott)

By the ancient walls of Leicester town
follow the winding pathway down
don't linger for a minute or an hour
when the black moon is riding high
and the wind is screaming 'cross the sky
'tis the art of the Witches power
she's fey cursed they say beware you'll rue the day
that you strayed to Black Annis' bower

If you're on Dane Hills in the dead of night
be sure to hold your luck stone tight
for they say that the blue face hag waits near
and from the Earth where the leaves lie dead
she'll arise from her wintery bed
and with her darkness feed upon your fear
but the old crone is wise she'll shape-shift before your eyes and move her spirit through the atmosphere

For Black Annis is my name
and now that you've heard of my fame
it's with a lack of understanding you may slight me
for they say that I'm mad howling wild
but I am the earth mother's child
and I walk with the elements around me
don't forget that I the crone am much older that you know
shake the shadows from your mind and harken to me
maiden, mother, crone I be another aspect of the three
so bide your time until I call for thee

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The Dewy Dells of Yarrow
(Trad)

There lived a lady in the north you could scarcely find her marrow
she was courted by nine noble men on the dewy dells of Yarrow
her father had a bonny plough boy and she died love him dearly
she dressed him up like a noble lord for to fight for her on Yarrow
she kissed his cheeks she combed his hair as oft she'd done before-o
she gilded him with a right good sword for to fight for her on Yarrow
as he climbed up yon high hill and the came down the other
there he spied nine noble men a coming 'cross to Yarrow
did you come here for to drink red wine, did you come here to borrow
or did you come here with a single sword for to fight for her on Yarrow?
I came not here for to drink red wine and I came not here to borrow
but I come here with a single sword for to fight for her on Yarrow
there are nine of you and one of me and that's not an even number
but it's man to man I'll fight you all and I'll die for her on Yarrow
three he drew and threw he slew and two lay deadly wounded
when a stubborn knight crept up behind and kissed him with his arrow
go home go home my false young man and tell my sister Sarah
that her true lover John lies dead and gone on the dewy dells of Yarrow
as he climbed down yon high hill and she came down the other
there he spied his sister dear a coming 'cross to Yarrow
Oh brother dear I had a dream last night she said
I can read it into sorrow
my true lover John lies dead and gone on the dewy dells of Yarrow
this maiden's hair was three quarters long and the colour of it was yellow
she tied it round his middle side and she carried him home from Yarrow
she kissed his cheeks she combed his hair as oft she'd done before-o
her true lover John lies dead and gone and she carried him home from Yarrow
Oh father dear you have seven sons you could wed them all tomorrow
but the fairest flower amongst them all was the one that died on Yarrow
Oh mother dear make me my bed and make it long and narrow
for the one that died for me today I shall die for him tomorrow

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Boys of Bedlam
(D. Moran; N. Jones)

To see mad Tom of Bedlam ten thousand miles I'd travel
mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes to keep her shoes from gravel

Chorus
Still I sing bonny boys, bonny mad boys, Bedlam boys are bonny
for they all go bare and the live by the air and they want no drink nor money

I went down to Satan's kitchen for to get me food one morning
and there I spied souls piping hot all on the spit a turning

Chorus

My staff has murdered giants, my bag a big knife carries
to cut mince pies from children's thighs with which to feed the faeries

Chorus

And spirits white as lightening will on my travels guide me
the moon would quake and the stars would shake whenever they espied me

Chorus

And when that I have murdered the man in the moon to powder
his rod I'll break and his staff I'll shake and they'll howl the demon louder

Chorus

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Hill of Avalon
(R. Tonkin)

On the hill of Avalon I called out to the midnight power
to gaze into the water that would tell the future tale
and in the scrying pool I spied the mighty ship upon the tide
calling to their powerful god for wind to fill their sail

Chorus
Sail away, fly away, draw down the mist
shelter the people that nature has kissed
sail away, fly away, hide from the pain
wait till it's safe and come back again

On the hill of Avalon I sent a raven on the wing
to tell the tale to all the land and sing of things to come
sing of all that would be lost, sing about the priceless cost
to run and shelter from the beauty of the warlord drum

On the hill of Avalon I asked a boon from space and time
to keep this island and its treasures safe from any foe
as the mist comes creeping round I can no longer feel the ground
beneath my feet and then I'm certain that I have to go

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Marie Celeste
(Adrienne Piggott)

On the blackest night with the wind in her sails
her prow cut through the waves built by rolling gales
her silence was her shroud, from the dark sea was born
and she rode the ocean high through the eye of a storm

And tall stood her masts up where the sea birds fly
she's as cold as the grave, a silhouette against the sky
but there's no hand upon her wheel nor footsteps on her deck
could it be the ghostly light of the Marie Celeste

Her secrets lie aboard her, they'll remain there for all time
unseen shades will guide her through spray capped with rhime
upon the timeless sea roads with thunder at her door
locked inside grey doom she'll sail for ever more

Stars watch down from their vista still and deep
a voyage to nowhere in the winter of her sleep
she's cold to the heart and her soul shall get no rest
could it be the ghostly light of the Marie Celeste

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Farewell Alexandria
(Adrienne Piggott)

The shifting sands beyond the Nile reveal to all the lotus flower
she holds her lands with Roman lust, the key to Cleopatra's power
behind veiled eyes the serpent lies and like the sphinx she's there to taunt you
and with the pharaohs of the East her ghost will forever haunt you

Chorus
Through the smoke of wizardry you watched her through the falling darkness
with a stroke of alchemy you called her to your side
with a touch of sorcery you made her walk into your madness
down into the darkest places where your demons hide

Queen of Egypt, child of Isis, let the desert winds caress you
now you leave your lands in crises willing Caesar to possess you
like midnight skies her khol rimmed eyes follow you then they'll mock you
as the sacred cobra waits, quick as lightening she will strike you

Lady of the Nile how could you lose your lovers then your kingdom
you willingly walked into the darkness thinking that would be your freedom
but serpents songs with poison tongues wrap around you to destroy you
Isis and Osiris wait, into the valley of the gods they will draw you

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Moon and a Tinderbox
(Adrienne Piggott)

In the forest of midnight the Summer Bride stands
weaving the story of life with her hands
do you trust the telling for the tales are all true?
If you drink from her wine, it's a strong heady brew
and the smoke from the fire creeps like a vine
to wrap you in shadows and trap you in time

Chorus
Keeper, keeper of the darkness
with your tinderbox beneath the moon
beware the trickster in the flame
she'll make your shadows dance and swoon
she'll paint you pictures in the gleaming
and show you visions in the light
it's up to you to catch the meaning
keeper, keeper of the night

And the northern wind whispers her name
she's as ancient as from the oaks where she came
she's bound to the Earth like a tall standing stone
she's making the craft singing over the bones
and in the deepening sky sister moon rises higher
as she gathers her power to carry the fire

In the forest of midnight an eclipse of the sun
and the pulse of the trees says the dance has begun
a crimson light and your memory fades
a flight in the night and the visions are made
and the smoke from the fire creeps like a vine
to wrap you shadows and trap you in time

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Gartan Mother's Lullaby
(Trad)

Sleep oh babe for the red bees hum the silent twilight's fall
the bean sidhe from the grey rock comes to wrap the world in thrall
Lyn van Oh my child my joy my love and heart’s desire
the crickets sing you a lullaby beside the dying fire

Dusk is drawn and the green man's thorn is wreathed in rings of fog
Sheevra sails his boat 'till dawn upon the starry bog
Lyn van Oh the paley moon has brimmed her cusp in dew
and weeps to hear the sad sleep song I sing my love to you

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The Ninth Wave
(Adrienne Piggott)

She moves through the shadows 'tween darkness and light
she slips through the veil and hides with the night
her call is the West wind it comes from the sea
and calls 'cross the moors like a lonely beanshidhe

Chorus
And from Carrig Cliodna her lone sacred hill
she'll drift 'tween the worlds when the cold mist lays still
and follows the night sky within the moon's shade
on the wings of a sea bird she'll ride the ninth wave

She swims in the lakes full of wild salmon song
as dawn touches the sky with a fiery tongue
and drinks in their wisdom from deep water wells
to nourish their spirits with magick and spells

From mountains to earth to old faerie way
from forest to river between night and day
her heart will give all that she holds in her hands
and keep the great mysteries that lie in this land

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Earth Wassail
(Adrienne Piggott)

Here in this field we first will be seen
to drink this trees health such custom has been
so unto the earth we'll drink her good health
and hope she will prosper in bountiful wealth

It has been the custom as we've been told
by ancient house keepers in days of old
for young men and women together draw near
and fill up their bowls with cider and beer

WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL

Fill up your wassail bowl full to the brim
see, harnessed and garnished so neat and so trim
sometimes with laurel and sometimes with bay
according to custom to keep the old way

WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL

We hope all your apples trees prosper and bear
so you will have cider again the next year
for where you've a hogshead we hope you'll have ten
so you will have cider when we come again

We hope all your barley will prosper and grow
so you will have barley and beer to bestow
for where you've a bushel we hope you'll have ten
so you will have beer when we come again

WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL WASSAIL

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The Rape of Maude Bowen
(Candia/Tony McCormack)

This is a song by Inkubus Sukkubus, if you want the lyrics you'll need to contact them...

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Spiral Horn
(Adrienne Piggott)

Shape the fantasy, retell the story
of a fair creature who walks no more
on wild hills and moorland we search for the echoes
and retrace the footsteps that are long gone

CHORUS
With brooding heart and mind with cold man's dark scheming
they thought to win the prize of the spiral horn
lost beyond all time lost beyond all dreaming
tales are all we have of the gentle unicorn

Beast of mystery there in your woodland
none can tame your heart nor own your soul
swift of foot stay ahead of the hunters
for they seek your precious horn

The men of dark ages searched for a cure
to save them from poison to keep them from harm
upon your brow mother nature has laid it
but the hunter's dart will bring you down

Fair fair unicorn you we remember
in shadowed woods and crystal streams
standing alone in the forest of twilight
forever there you'll haunt our dreams

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THE QUICKENING

Holly Lord
(Adrienne Piggott)

Tonight the west wind blows through the hills bending the wheat
through the bracken over the gorse howling across the peat
elf-fires redden the sky and there's witches on the wind
and it's into the darkness of winter we go as the wheel of the seasons spin
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll fall the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

On the hills they'll light the bonfires to burn upon the sacred ground
shadows dance across the flames to the witch bell sound
spirits call with haunted voices from the other side
and it's into the darkness and out of the light as the earth turns with the tide
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll call the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

This night will mark the end and beginning of our year
we'll call out to the ones of old to make the future clear
beneath the moon of the elder tree and by the embers glowing red
they'll pass into the summer land until the winter's fled
and on this night Samhain when our fires are burning bright
we'll call the Holly Lord to begin our pagan rite
we'll come with sprigs of elder and we'll come with leaves of yew
as we step out of the old and dance into the new

And deep beneath the earth she'll lie cold and low
waiting for her sister of the spring to show
it's farewell to our Oaken Lord and with the Holly bide
and it's into the darkness and out of the light as the Earth turns with the tide

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Solstice Evergreen
(Adrienne Piggott)

It came as a scene from an old picture postcard
of Victorian ladies with skates on their feet
of ponds frozen over and boughs hung with ice tips
and through frosty panes watched the snow and the sleet
and the smoke ventured out from the soot blackened chimneys
and shimmered beneath an icy cold moon
but inside an evergreen stands in the corner
with a bright blazing fire to keep out the gloom

Chorus
There's holly and ivy and white mistleberry
the sun is in hiding his face he can't show
so fill up your glasses so we can be merry
and rosy red cheeks by the fire light glow

Under the street lights they'll gather together
their shivering voices will ring out with song
to sing in the Yule regardless of weather
and brighten the darkness all the night long
and the mummers perform their plays from the ages
in comes King George a man of courage bold
while out in the orchard we'll go wassailing
and sup on spiced cider to keep out the cold

Chorus

The holly and oak king are now changing places
And Jack Frost is wearing his new winter vest
While out in the wood pile old Jack Green is sleeping
To awaken in spring from his long dreamy rest
So on this Yule tide we'll gather together
Beneath the sign of the ancient god's horns
As the new year beckons through cold misty weather
We'll raise a toast as the sun is reborn

Chorus

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The Quickening
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus
Keeper of the sacred flame
from within the darkness came
new spring maid from winter's crone
the brightest queen of morning song

Brigid with your white wand sing
move us to the cusp of spring
see the ravens come on wing
'tis the time of quickening

Chorus

Sweet serpent rises from the earth
awaken fallen seeds to life
moving from the bright ones hand
soon fire burns within the land

Chorus

The smith that forges iron craft
light bringer on the spiral path
sage and healer guide the plough
drink from the white, red eared cow

Chorus
From the East the rising sun
keeps alive the sacred flame
the eternal fire for all the see
the giver of the prophecy

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Into the Green
(Adrienne Piggott)

The wind in the willows Oh the winter nights have been so cold and long
blows through the willows and haunts us with her icy song
I hide in my pillows keep my nose from the cold night air
but out by the willows I know the sign of spring is almost there

Chorus
Where are you? Where are you? Where have you gone Jack in the Green?
I'll find you I'll find you I'll seek you out where the winter's been
look for you look for you hiding out in the summer land
Where are you? Where are you? Where are you Jack my green man?

Beneath the willows I watch the clouds in the summer sky
beneath the willows I dream the where the green man lies
there I will follow along the path of his leafy feet
I am the willow and I'm dancing in fields of meadowsweet

Chorus

My arms surround him Oh I hold the green man close to me
his leaves are falling I know he'll soon be gone from me
under the willow the autumn breeze caresses me
under my pillow I've found the seed he's left for me

Chorus

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Weaving the Summer
(Adrienne Piggott)

Chorus 1
Hail to the summer, hail to the summer
the season that drives the cold winter away
Hail to the summer, hail to the summer
light your bonfire today is Beltaine

Chorus 2
High on Mount Caburn we look down on Tolkien land
the mist rolls away catch the sun on the sea
the ring of the morris bells brings on the May morning
set free your spirit come dance up the dawn

Down west if Padstow the wee 'oss spins round and round
fired by the teaser who's calling him on
the rhythm of the drums in the hills up above the town
brings out the people for dancing and song

Chorus 1 & 2

In the old town of Hastings the streets lie in wait today
garlands of ivy and flowers are seen
we'll look for the man who wears a green leafy coat
release the summer please Jack In the Green

Chorus 1 & 2

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Tolven Stone
(Adrienne Piggott)

There's a silver light over Brackenford Wood
along the way to where the grey cairn stood
on a summer's eve I was draws
to one who waited by the ancient stone
I'll wear my cloak of velvet green
with sprigs of yarrow in between
with silver ribbons in my hair
I'll go to the one who's waiting there
and the dewy grass shall be my bed
by the ring of stone I'll lay my head

Chorus
Stay close she said my amber child
I know you yearn for the spirit wild
don't walk the moor when your alone
and don't stray to the Tolven Stone

This great stone of antiquity
grants the gift of lust and fertility
on Midsummer's eve the young girls go
with skin to the air the stone pass through
so Amber child stay home 'till dawn
and don't stray to the Tolven Stone

In the silver light the one I met
free of spirit with no regret
and the dewy grass was our bed
by the ring of stone he laid my head
did the sweet night air grant you lust?
Did you lie in love and did you lie in trust?
Did you share his breath, as the stars grew dim?
Did you feel the life quicken within?
And in the misted morn she lay alone
and shivered by the Tolven Stone

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Harvest Song
(Adrienne Piggott)

Corn rows gleaming ripen in the heady air
summer's leaving the seasons turn forever
harvest gleanings taken from the fields so fair
tall stalks yielding from the seeds we've scattered

Bright moon follows sun since time has begun
see our bounty's come from the Earth we've gathered
sleepy summer days watch through golden haze
time to mark the ways and celebrate Lughnasadh

Fields of yellow lie beneath the harvest moon
days so mellow you could sleep forever
come tomorrow we'll see the seasons turn again
all will follow the spiral dance together

Mother Earth's decree light to dark as all will be
the harvest's in for you to see from the Earth we've gathered
farewell shining one the parting of the sun
all that dies is reborn so celebrate Lughnasadh

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Ride the Wind
(Adrienne Piggott)

As autumn blows the bones of winter in
scarlet leaves ride the wind
deeper nights come closing in
stay close to hearth and home
redgum burns in fireside
wood smoke drifts into the night
awaken in the chilly light
rejoice the harvest's home

Warm days leaving, winters creeping
make your nest and bide your time
chill winds reaching, Jack Frost's seeking
the call of winter time

Dusty sunsets and searching winds
shadows lengthen as the days draw in
signalling the summer’s end
the woods will soon be sleeping
clear is the air through golden days
soon mist will weave and light will wane
for now it is the time of change
the time of long nights dreaming

Bright flames leaping, dogs lie sleeping
warm your hands by fireside
chill winds reaching, Jack Frost's seeking
the call of winter time

Come said the leaves to the wind one day'
come over the meadows and we will play
put on your dresses of scarlet and gold
for the summer is gone and the days grow cold

Autumn rains still the dust
drowning leaves of red and rust
tree's stripped bare by sudden gusts
the weather cock is spinning
toadstools mark the forest floor
beneath the bare limbed corridor
the coldest time returns once more
and the dark time is beginning

Warm days leaving, winter's creeping
warm your hands by fireside
chill winds reaching, Jack Frost's seeking
the call of winter time

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The Oak
(S. Knightley/K. O'Loughlin)

Steve Knightley is one half of Show of Hands, contact him for his wonderful lyrics...

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Beltaine Waltz / Grackle Cackle
(P. Gooding)

No words, just music!

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Voodoo Bayou
(Adrienne Piggott)

Long River Road she is shrouded in mist
dances the voodoo from the bones she has blessed
cursed be the man who has darkened her grave
cursed be the one who made her his slave
and the Spanish Moss is dripping from the oaken tree boughs
she's dancing in the veil between here and now

Out across the bayou a steamy light glows
you can feel that swampy rhythm as is powers thru your soul
and she knows he will follow to seek and to find
that toffee skinned woman who's playing with his mind
and there's secrets in the hot night air sending shivers down his spine
and knowing in the watchful gaze of dark eyes so fine

She calls upon the Bokor to paint his skin black
he's lost in hoodoo coma and he's never coming back
invoking down the Loa see the flames ignite
she'll weave and wind her poison ties and lock him in the night
trapped inside the murky waters was the price he had to pay
as the Mississippi levee throws a shadow cross the way

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Wayland's Steel
(Adrienne Piggott)

Through the mists of long ages past
in a time of great gods and alchemy
beneath dark stones and caverns deep
worked a strange and mystic sorcery
born in thunder from the mountain
awakened by an ancient flame
forged by immortal power
the mighty swords of Wayland came

White metal upon the anvil rings
shining steel on iron lay
cooled in the dew of early morning
runes of prophecy carved along the blade
who has seen this shadowy smith?
From the dwarves of Iceland learned his trade
the noble craftsman of magick metal work
the mighty swords of Wayland came

Follow along the ancient way
to where the silent cromlech lies
hear the stones speak in whispers
timeless voices sing his praise
for such power won't stay hidden through time
within the secret of the blades
from the blacksmith of the immortals
the might swords of Wayland came

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Here Be Giants
(Adrienne Piggott)

Within the dreaming, crimson rushing
by Logan rock stands Castle Treen
the walls were built when dawn came blushing
raised by enchantment from the sea
surging waves protect this mighty keep
but deep within the chasm lies the key
strong will can take you at low water
'cross the gap to break it free

Chorus
And who would walk the pathway old
that leads to this fey misted land
what powers raised this giant hold
the place where the great Gods stand

Beneath the dreaming dark illusion
it shimmers where the great walls rise
could the Gods detect intrusion
in the halls where sleeping Maen lies?
So guard the keep and claim the key
Maen's ones will stand defiant
a fortress to the great folk be
this is the land of Gods and Giants

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Tarry Trousers
(Trad)

Yonder stands a fine young beauty
who she is I do not know
go and court her for her beauty
let her run say yes or no


Pretty girl I've golden riches
pretty girl I've house and land
pretty girl I've worldly treasures
and all will be at your command

What do I care for your golden treasures?
What do I care for your house and land?
What do I care for your worldly treasures?
All I want is a nice young man

My love wears the tarry trousers
my love wears a jacket blue
my love sails upon the ocean
so young man away with you

Why do you wish for so much beauty?
It is a flower that will decay
like the rose that blooms in summer
when winter comes it fades away

What do I care for your golden treasures?
What do I care for your house and land?
What do I care for your worldly treasures?
All I want is a nice young man

My love wears the tarry trousers
my love wears a jacket blue
my love sails upon the ocean
so young man away with you

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WORTS 'N' ALL

Derriere Les Carreaux / Moninette / The Man in the Brown Hat
(Trad/Trad/C. Stapleton)

A set of tunes we learned from Blowzabella

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Jardin de Lumiere (Garden of Light)
(P. Gooding)

No words here!

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Black Water Deep
(Adrienne Piggott)

Close your eyes against the sunlight where scarlet pools lie deep
like the rivers and the lochs where the water spirits sleep
beneath the rocks and stones there's secrets that they keep
down below black water, below black water deep

Beneath the lowering sky where darkness reaches green
on a hill above a burn a proud mare was seen
wild were her eyes her flanks were strong and lean
gazing down into black water, into black water deep

Along the open road a traveller came by and by
the darkling pool the proud mare he did spy
grazing all alone with no one by her side
down beside black water, beside black water deep

His journey had been long the travel had been slow
and weary were his feet with many miles to go
he thought to take the horse and upon her back he'd go
and ride away from black water, from black water deep
ride away from black water, from black water deep

So to the horse he came with freedom on his mind
and holding to her mane upon her back he climbed
but kelpies won't be tamed so never shall her ride
away from black water, from black water deep

Her scream pierced the sky worse than a banshee's shriek
the mare reared up high as sparks flew from her feet
and with a roar like thunder from the bank did leap
down into black water, into black water deep

So beware the shape shifter that lives beneath the tides
it's down by the river the bold kelpie rides
and in the watery grave the ghosts of travellers bide
down below black water, below black water deep
down below black water, below black water deep

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THROUGH A SYLVAN DOORWAY

The Sylvan Doorway
(Adrienne Piggott)

Green shadows bow to the rising sun
By the way the ancient track way runs
Cool mist dances in the morning light
And skips around the stones
He walks upon the forest path
The antlered one with oaken staff
Stories lie where his feet pass
Among the roots and rocks and bones

The legend whispers through the leaves
Visions in the sunlight weave
The waking of the day reveals
Where the magic lies
On the threshold between the worlds he stands
Guardian of these hidden lands
The greenwood's call at his command
'Tween water earth and sky

Spirits of the wild the ancient folk
Who dwell beneath the leafy cloak
Of eucalypt red gum elm and oak
And dance the shadowed pathway
Hear the dreaming lines they sing
In this realm of the woodland king
You know the Green Man's song will bring
You through the sylvan doorway

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Fae Dance
(Adrienne Piggott)

In a ruby sunset
Hidden in the darkling leaves
The winds of night will take you
Into a twilight dream
Step onto the old path
To where it may be leading
Flames leap to firing life
Rising and receding

Beneath the cool earth
New life's beginning
Cold of dark and warmth of light
The barrier is thinning
Glowing in the firelight
This magick place before us
Come dance and set your spirit free
Sing the long night's chorus

Chorus
Dance dance weave and spin
Do you know the place you're in?
This is where it all begins
In this land so wild and fae
Come closer to the fire bright
Flames will give you second sight
Welcome to this endless night
For you've come to the land of faerie

Dark strangers bid you welcome
To the forest of your dreams
Time waits in stillness
And nothing's as it seems
Come trace the labyrinth
Reality has ceased to be
A Rowan staff beats the time
And sings with energy

The night sighs deeply
It has a secret to tell
On a jasmine scented breeze
Her voice will weave the spell
Her song will carve a rune
Her spirit will sing the rhyme
And with an endless rhythm
You'll dance the tune of time

Chorus

Sister of the greenwood
Of earth and sky
Spirits of the sacred grove
This realm within you bide
The wild folk beat their drums
A call to the knowing
Dancing to the ancient beat
Feel your wildness flowing

Chorus

Weave the moon steal the stars
Think not of morning
But now it's time to sing you home
A new day is dawning
There's only embers left
From the fire that stirred your soul
And the sylvan echo
Of her voice from long ago…

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Spirit of Albion
(Damh the Bard)

The lyrics for this wonderful song, written by Damh the Bard can also be found HERE

The crane the wolf the bear and the boar
No longer dwell upon these shores
You say that the Goddess and God have gone
I tell you they live on
In the cities and hills
And in circles of stone
The voices of the Old Ways
The Spirit of Albion is calling you home

An isle so fair an isle so green
Known by many names
Feel the pulse the pulse of the land
The blood boils within your veins
Someone go down to the Holy Well
And raise the Spirits there
Lay a feather on a stone
With a flame and a lock of hair

From Manwydden's crashing sea
To the moor and the Highland Glen
From the Faerie Hills home of the Sidhe
To the veins of the Broad and the Fen
Someone go down to the Holy Trees
Of Oak and Ash and Thorn
Utter a charm in the verse of three
Till the Summer King is born

Ride the white horses carved into the hills
Walk to the Hanging Stones
Bow to the might of Cerne Abbass' height
Feel the peace in the Ancestors' homes
Someone go down to Wilmington
Where the Giant guards the way
Step into the Otherworld into the womb
Where centuries pass like a day

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Asgard's Chase
(Adrienne Piggott)

As the sun sank on the twelfth day and the night wind screamed
Across the threshold of time I felt them ride it wasn't something I dreamed
And through the hidden gateway I know the storm will come
I've heard the roll of thunder it's the beating of their drum
And I have seen the storm clouds torn and tossed across the sky

Chorus
'Tis wild the hunt and darkly fey that rides the wind from Asgard's way
From icy peaks to lonesome moor the spirit chase will pass your door
And within this unearthly night take you the warning heed the cry
Behind locked doors you must stay for the hunt is wild and darkly fey

As the moon rose on the twelfth night and the sky was torn
By a screaming gale a Valkyries wail and the host was born
And on the back of wild eyed she wolves Odin's troop did ride
Across the veil of midnight with bleak hounds by their side
Beware the voices of the lost souls they'll call you as you dream

Chorus

In the last hours of that dread night as to your bed you keep
Hold close your heart hold close your mind they'll steal them as you sleep
For the fey ones are riding and the wild hunt has come
But soon will leave for the shadowed hills with the rising of the sun
No more to ride on hallowed ground till twelfth night comes again

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Wyvern Rider's Tune Set
(Paul Gooding)

Three tunes - Pour Evie, Get into Jail Free and Shards of Glass; the first written on the day of Paul's daughter's birth, the second written in Austin, Texas at the CMA Gathering and the third written in honour of our departed friend Deb.

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Gift of the Boinne
(Louise Hewett / Adrienne Piggott)

It came to my hearing not so long ago
Of a woman lived under the wild rivers flow
With reeds for her blanket and reeds for her bed
And the visions of power grew wild in her head

Oh Grainne, Oh Boinne, Oh Brighid my queen
I bring you the gifts of the visions I've seen
I bring you my body, my voice and my hand
To keep the old magick held deep in your land

She came to the bank with the moon in her hair
She came from the old water dragon's dark lair
And there from the bank saw the mound shining bright
With the first star of rising with bright silver light

From the mound shone a vision of bright blazing gold
With the serpents and spirals from the mysteries old
And from her body birthed from her in song
Came the visions in symbols she's carried so long

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Rise Up
(Adrienne Piggott)

Rise up rise up rise up rise up rise up old mother moon will you rise
Rise up rise up - light the skies up - rise up old mother moon will you rise

Between the worlds we stand, the words been spoken
Circle's cast and it can't be broken
Call in the power from each direction
We'll soon be dancing in the arms of the night

Weave the circle cradled in crystal
Lady of the silver wheel I see you rising
And with moon tide we'll greet the night bride
Beneath the big sky bathe in her light

Fly on dark wings from the east
Whisper night wind your breath is so sweet
The energy and flames of desire
From the north send us fire

From the west bring us water
A cool gift from the river God's daughter
And the pulse of the great South Land
Hail to you earth where we stand

Whisper mother moon shimmer through the dark sky
Ride through the night and show me where your secrets lie
Dressed in the stars you'll wear a silver gown
Invoke the Goddess and we'll draw the magick down

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Winter's Dreaming
(Adrienne Piggott)

I'll tell to you a tale - of a winter's dreaming
A sad and dark tale of endless night without a dawn
When frost lay on bare branches beneath moonlight's silver gleaming
And in the shifting shadows a cursed love was born

On the breath of velvet wings between night and waking
To feed an ancient hunger to the village he was bound
For a single candle flickered when all should be sleeping
And through a frosty window pane the sloe eyed one he found

In the moving candlelight she knew that he was watching
A cold and pale stare that chilled her to the very bone
For in his dark mind a sweet memory echoed
Of jeweled eyes and painted lips a love he once had known

Chorus
Come away come away come away
And take the night with me
Just one touch and I'll go with you just one kiss and you'll be mine
Just one taste and I'm bound to you until the end of time

So cold was his touch and deep was his thirsting
The rhythm of her danced in the hollow of his veins
And pulsing through her being the need for him growing
A rush of life eternal when the taste of blood is wine

Caught within an earthly dream with the bright moons staring
In the stillness borne of ages she gifted him with life
His was the song that was sung in the beginning
The need for sweet release in the blessing of the night

Chorus

In the chill of the dawn did you hear the wild wolves calling?
You awakened from the dream to know that he had flown
And now that the morning and the grave has come between you
Too late the days returning and your heart lie all alone

For at the next moonrise she will make the journey
To satisfy the hunger and to leave this mortal plain
Down the corridor of darkness to where he is waiting
To the winter's dreaming and the endless night again

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Witch's Tree
(Adrienne Piggott)

Five miles in from the cold North Sea
Just a stone's throw from the River Tees
Stand the ruins of the church of the Trinity
Long long time passing
And by the ruins of the church of the Trinity
There's stood for many centuries
The proud and dark witch's tree from
A long long time ago

As folk lore tells it has been said
South of the village a woman lived
With healing in her hands and knowledge to give
Long long time passing
And she'd go to where the great oaks stood
Down into the shadowed wood
To gather herbs when the moon was full
A long long time ago

And to the village on a summer's day
Ring a rosy came the plague
"Evil is upon us" she heard them say
Long long time passing
The healer woman they sought to blame
And to her cottage in anger came
To burn the witch with a holy flame
A long long time ago

In their madness they will blame her, violate and shame her
So to the church on sacred ground in desperation she did flee
But the holy man would not hear her and barred the great doors to her
And with the evil of the Roman church denied her sanctuary

To the iron gate with burning torches high
In fury they screamed the witch must die
Her life to take in vain they tried
Long long time passing
But supreme magick she did conjure
From mother earth to make her stronger
A tree she formed forever longer
A long long time ago

In the year of 1983
Vandals burned the Trinity
But not the proud witches' tree
It still stands from long ago

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Pocket Full of Thyme
(Adrienne Piggott)

Sing a song of summer a pocketful of thyme
There are four and twenty magpies perched upon the line
There's home brewed beer for drinking enough to make you sigh
There's cherries from the orchard and there's berries from the vine
There's jugs upon the table filled with ruby wine
And the briar and the bramble around each other climb
Come away come away see what we'll find
In the green wood at midsummer time

Bright Aine waits with her hazel wand in hand
There's meadow sweet and rue growing where she stands
She'll be stepping out with the horned man
There's plenty bees a buzzing and the air is warm and sweet
We're dancing in a ring of stone the earth beneath our feet
Mother Nature's in her glory feel the rhythm of her beat
Come away come away see what we'll find
In the green wood at midsummer time

Chorus
Come Jack come Herne come Robin Goodfellow
Step out the measure with you we will follow
Come Pan come Puck come the Green Knight
We're off to the woods on Midsummer night

There's faces in the leaves their green beards hanging down
Old Woodwise has laid his cloak upon the ground
And the Oak King is wearing his bright summer crown
We'll dance the solstice in with the coming of the light
The wheel again has turned and now is at its height
And sweet scented summer shows us all is bright
Come away come away see what we'll find
In the green wood at midsummer time

Chorus

So come let's celebrate 'neath bark and leaf and limb
With honey cakes and mead it's now time to begin
To reel in nature's lust and we'll sing the summer in
Come away come away see what we'll find
In the green wood at midsummer time

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Sing the Stones
(Adrienne Piggott)

There's darkness moving 'round us they've sown a savage seed
It flies on wings of fury it takes with hands of greed
They've come to drain the lifeblood that flows within our lands
They've come to track the ley lines where our emblems stand

And they say we must accept their final crushing blow
But the tribes have come together so the answers surely no
Their dark minds will not heed us they've sealed us with their fate
But it seems they have forgotten there's a guardian at every gate

So now the time has come to sing the stones to sleep
To camouflage their power and the secrets that they keep
Until a new dawning of our ancient rites
When we will come together to awaken the sacred sites

The stones speak in whispers voices from the mother's womb
There's a warning from the night wind of impending doom
You claim peace is not a answer but invasion is a must
So do we watch while you turn mother earth into a barren husk

If you face us with extinction we need to know why
And how you make the distinction of who will live and who will die
You'll break apart the harmonies and tear away our kin
So we'll call upon the guardians from above below within

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Of Gods and Other Men
(Richard Jones)

The words for this song were taken from a book by Richard Jones, find out more about it HERE

I shall tell you tales of heroes
And Gods who walked as men
On mountains where the wild wind blows
Or across the darkling fen
I shall tell you tales that minstrels told
Of vengeful queens and warriors bold
Of kings who sleep and ne'er grow old
In caves their dreams residing

I shall tell you tales of outlaws
And hounds that roam the night
Of secret realms through hidden doors
Where ancient giants fight
I shall tell you tales of long-lost lands
Buried now 'neath shifting sands
Where dancing maids have long held hands
In stone their spirits writhing

So come gather by the fire
Let the moonlight be our stage
The stars shall be our choir
And the darkness be our page
Bring forth the souls of days gone by
With a thousand tales they'll fill the sky
Till the glowing embers fade and die
And the night's cloak folds around us

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Feet of Clay
(Philip Day)

Priestess with her robes of blue and green
And her eyes ablaze she leads our praise
Of heavens' queen
And she with her flaws and her feet of clay
Leads us in the dance the spiral dance
Of the Goddess way
And she chants Isis Eros Pan and Aphrodite

The priest casts off his very words and his human ways
He leads our praise of the Horned God
And he with all his peacock stance and his feet of clay
He leads the way in the Labyrinth dance
And he chants Isis Eros Pan and Aphrodite

The dancers we stumble through our lives but
The Goddess glows she helps us grow
See through our lives
And we in perfect dance with chance with our feet of clay
We find our way in the spiral dance
And we chant Isis Eros Pan and Aphrodite

Growth is not sudden or complete
It comes with time cause to find we cannot cheat
The labyrinth through which we all must run
See through the mists the path that twists
But it brings us home And we chant Isis Eros Pan and Aphrodite

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Summer's Farewell
(Louise Hewett)

We'll follow the old track way down to the river
Through knee long dew wet grass the robes of the dusk
At the pict stone we'll leave the best milk and some butter
For the old god who lives in the gold barley husk
Three willows there are that do grow by the river
Wild magick is locked in their knotted tree roots
We'll gather together and summon that wildness
And dream of the Corn God's bright green barley shoots
Oh honey comb maiden brown apple tree mother
We call on your power and sing you Wassail
Your radiant brow lights the dim days of winter
The sheaves that you cradle vow bread and brown ale

And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler's old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And to-morrow's uprising to deeds shall be sweet *

The willow spreads leaf quilts upon the dark river
A summer brown hare bids the full moon farewell
See there the far lights of the village are shining
Where blacksmiths and bards have their own tales to tell
We'll stop at the circle of stones near the river
Where a bonfire is burning its embers to ash
The pipes and the drums send us weaving and wheeling
A dance to reflect the blue night's starry sash
Oh Hazelnut gardener old man of the forest
We call on your power and sing you Wassail
Your radiant brow is the life of the greenwood
The seeds that you sow are the heart of the ale

And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler's old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And to-morrow's uprising to deeds shall be sweet *


We'll follow the old track away from the river
To ale and good company to butter bread
We'll toast at the hearthside the long days of summer
And wend in the darkness our way home to bed
Our Lady of Leaf Bud now stands in the shadows
Her gown stained with blackberries rosehips and blood
The Green Man stands proud in his crown of ripe acorns
That soon shall be hidden beneath winter's hood
Oh Queen of the Three Crowns oh mistletoe flower
We call on your blessing and sing you Wassail
The air's getting cold and the night's getting longer
But the King of the Wheel spins a magical tale

And low the old Inn and the lights and the fire
And the fiddler's old tune and the shuffling of feet
Soon for us shall be quiet and rest and desire
And to-morrow's uprising to deeds shall be sweet *


*Italicised lines from the William Morris poem 'The Message of the March Wind'

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Step it out Mary
(Trad)

In the village of Kildorey lived a maiden young and fair
Her eyes they shone like diamonds she had long and golden hair
A countryman came riding up to her Daddy's gate
Mounted on a milk white stallion he came at the stroke of eight
I've come to court your daughter Mary of the golden hair
I have gold and I have silver I have lands beyond compare
I will buy her silks and satins and a gold ring for her hand
I will build for her a mansion she'll have servants to command

Chorus
Step it out Mary my fine daughter
Step it out Mary if you can
Step it out Mary my fine daughter
Show your legs to the countryman

Oh kind sir I love a soldier I've pledged to him my hand
I don't want your gold nor silver I don't want your wealth nor land
Mary's father spoke up sharply you must do as you are told
You will marry him on Sunday and you'll wear that ring of gold
In the village of Kildorey there's a deep stream running by
They found Mary there at midnight she drowned with the soldier boy
In the cottage there is music you can hear the Daddy say
Step it out Mary my fine daughter Sunday is your wedding day

Chorus

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An Dro Tune Set
(Trad / Ian Luff)

Jan Mijne Man and Go Mauve, learned from the playing of the very excellent Blowzabella

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WICKERMAN

Wickerman
(Adrienne Piggott)

Remember the time of sickles and scythes
Beneath the blue of late summer skies
Greet the god of grain, mother of corn
The welcome brew of John Barleycorn
Share the bread, taste the ale
Of field and vine, hedge and vale
To the gods of old we sing Wassail
And gather for the burning of the Wicker Man

Chorus
Burn, burn Wicker Man burn
Fire in the night, feel the season’s turning
The kindred flame of winter’s return
Will rise at the burning of the Wicker Man

The veil between the worlds is thin
Summer ends, darkness begins
The white owl in the eucalypt waits
As the crone opens the Summerland gates
And from her cauldron all is transformed
As the guardians of the past return
And from their shadowy realms are drawn
And are welcomed by the flames of the Wicker Man

Along the pathway the Giants come
Walk the heartbeat of the earth to the rhythm of the drum
Hobbyhorses with bright ribbons fly
Wild green men weaving fire pass by
Painted faced mummers with bells on their feet
Move with the music as the Morris sticks beat
Out a rhythm of bedlam, come we shall meet
And dance around the flames of the Wicker Man

From the flames a spirit messenger flies
A serpent leaps into the dark southern sky
We stand with our clan under stars on this night
And ask the old gods to witness to this rite
So to the fire with your flaming torch come
The wintering time of this land has begun
Now we’ll await the return of the sun
For all that’s left are the ashes of the Wicker Man

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THE GREEN ALBUM
 

Spirit of the Green
(Adrienne Piggott)

Through fire light and dark the winter called

“Come greet an early morning with the frost upon the land”

A halo binds the moon with ice crystals in the air

And the skeletons of trees like guardians do stand

 

The harvest is long over and we’ve passed through Samhain’s gate

The misty woods are sleeping, for Bridhe’s sweet kiss they wait

The wind it cuts like a knife and for the bones of Jack Frost keens

But the Winter King must now bow down to the champion of the green

 

And the lord of the woodland is waiting in the leaves

Through the forest and the hedgerows the song of life he weaves

With his feet deep in the soil he watches over the greenwood

He’s a messenger from nature, this ancient wise god

 

Chorus

Hey ho it’s the green man Jack, running through the woods singing up the summertime

And you know you will never look back from where the spirit of the green will take you

 

There is poetry in the breezes that tell of things to come

With the dancing corn and swaying wheat beneath the summer sun

Lay down among the blossoms sacred to the flower bride

Lost in scented fields filled with flowers wild

Lady of the lakes and fields, lady of the woods

I feel your verdant energy pulsing in my blood

Your silver skin of bark and moss upon your thighs

With Ivy twirls and briar curls, you watch with hidden eyes

 

Can you tell the Green man is waiting in the leaves

Through the forest and the hedgerows the song of life he weaves

With his feet deep in the soil he watches over the greenwood

He’s a messenger from nature, this ancient wise god

 

Chorus

 

Strength of Oak and sage of Yew, Rowan, Ash and Thorn

The summer king has claimed his bride so all will be reborn

The spirit of the wildwood calls, the language of the trees

Protect the woodlands of the earth as the forest gods decree

Without the essence of the green our world can never be

Drawing breath around us from the earth into the trees

From soil and shoot, stem and root; by leaf and bark and limb

We keep alive the wisdom of the Lord and Lady Green

 

And the Wildman of the woods is watching from the leaves

Through the forest and the hedgerows the song of life he weaves

With his feet deep in the soil he watches over the greenwood

He’s a messenger of nature, this ancient wise god

 

Chorus

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If you have any questions about the lyrics, please E.Mail Adrienne


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