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Bardic Circle Featuring...
(words & music by Words by Isaac Bonewits, Tune by Rogers & Schlitz)
On a cold Samhain midnight, the God we were invoking,
When an old man walked out from the woods, and calmly cut a gate.
And as we stared astonished, he strode into our circle,
Smiling sweetly, as he said, "I hope I'm not too late."
He said, "Kids I've spent nine lifetimes, readin' people's auras,
"And knowin' what their powers were, by the way they cast each spell.
"And I can see by lookin' that you've all run out of magic.
"For a taste, of your chalice there, some truths to you I'll tell."
So we handed him our chalice, and he drained it in one swallow.
Offered him the pentacle – he inhaled all of our cakes!
And we all got weirdly quiet, as he belched, and started talking,
"If you're gonna, practice magic kids, you gotta learn just what it takes:"
You got to know when to banish, know when to vanish,
Know when to back away, and know when to stand.
You never count your karma, when you're dancin' in the circle;
There'll be time for counting karma, in the Summerland!
"Now every wizard knows, that the tough part of the old ways,
"Is knowin' when to keep your peace – and when to pick a fight!
"See the Gods gave you your magics, well knowin' you was mortal;
"Expecting little, save that you, would try to use 'em right!"
You got to know...
And when he'd finished speakin', he gave us all a big smile,
Jumped up lightly to his feet, and led us round the ring.
And when the dance was over, we look both high and low --
He was gone, but still we had, some wisdom we could sing:
You got to know...
copyright 1983 Isaac Bonewits
Isaac Bonewits [a Witchvox Sponsor] ...
(by Words by Isaac Bonewits, Tune by Rogers & Schlitz)
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One of my most popular songs, I wrote it because I was sick of "fluffy bunny" Pagans who refuse to actually use their magic to stop evil.
Recorded: Todd Alan & Lady Pythia’s home, Kent, Ohio, 1988
Guests/Players: Todd Alan played synthe-guitar for this well-known Kenny Rogers tune, with my own twist to the lyrics. Many friends from the Kent Ohio Pagan community and the Chameleon Club gathered to join in on the choruses.
Technical Notes: Todd Alan recorded this with rented equipment in his living room, in 1988.
Artist Profile: Isaac is almost as notorious as a Pagan songwriter and singer as he is as a writer, speaker, and teacher. His songs tend to be Pagan Folksongs, Ritual Songs, and Country & Wicca romps.
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