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(words & music by Damh the Bard)
As the sunrise
on the shortest day
my crying greets the dawn.
Tears of dew form on the web
As I am reborn.
Feel new life spring
from the Earth,
As the Mother of All Life
Though I am a child
I will soon become a man.
Feel the warmth upon your skin,
Sense the animal inside.
As every creature on the land,
Feels the rising tide.
The natural rhythms
of the land,
As the Goddess takes my hand,
Into the Forest Green
with the Horned Man.
The waves of corn
have turned to gold,
My time is drawing near.
I see my Lady smile at me,
Inside I feel no fear.
As She raises the scythe
above Her head.
Blood spills on the Earth
as I fall dead,
In the Otherworld
I guard Her throne
'til She returns
copyright 1997 Damh the Bard
Damh the Bard ...
(by Damh the Bard)
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I first wrote this song back in 1997, and it first appeared on the Spiral Castle album None but Seven in 1998. After the band split I carried on playing it live, and people kept asking where they could get a copy. The Spiral Castle album had been unavailable for about 4 years, so thought it was about time I re-recorded it, and did so on my Spirit of Albion CD that was released in 2006. This is the version you can hear.
The song is a love song between the Pagan God and Goddess of the land, and tells of their story through the Wheel of the Year - from the God's birth at the Winter Solstice, through their meeting, and lovemaking, at Beltane, to his sacrificial death at Lughnasadh, and entry into the Otherworld at Samhain.
I wanted the song to give this message of love - not only of their love for each other, but also of my love for them, and of the land. I think if I was ever to re-record it again, I would add one more verse, that being a repeat of the very first verse, thus bringing the song full circle, back to the God's rebirth at the Winter Solstice.
Recorded: Caer Bryn Studios - Southwick, Sussex, England
Guests/Players: Damh the Bard - guitars, mandolin, all vocals.
Guest - Jim Faupel - guitar solo
Technical Notes: Twin acoustic guitars EADGBE
Artist Profile: I am a modern-day Bard whose spirituality, and love of folk tradition, is expressed through my music, storytelling and poetry. Drawing on the Bardic traditions my performances are both entertaining and educational, weaving a tapestry of myth, peace, and anthems that speak directly to the heart, but never without a good splash of humour.
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