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|Mother, Forgive Them|
(words & music by Mordewis ap Llys)
Mother Forgive Them
Mordewis ap Llys
Remember the burnings, the hangings, the shame,
Your dying in prison defending the Names
Remember the taunts and the curses and stones,
The smell of your flesh and the snapping of bones
But you cannot remember the tears their God shed
As He counted the millions of dead.
Mother, forgive them.
You swear now it never shall happen again
As you gather your strength and you sharpen your pen
But the Earth does not heal sowing bones into blood;
New life comes from seeds planted deep in the mud
The lesson we've taught them these thousands of days
Is that they could not bury our ways.
Mother, forgive them, and teach us to love them.
Do not play the game -- we could all learn to hate.
Remember the Laws: Threefold will be out fate.
The freedom to hate is no freedom at all
But love, trust and memory will cause it to fall
And never forget the old women who died
Without ever knowing we cried . . .
Mother forgive them, and help us to teach them
What we do . . . and what they've done!
copyright ©1998 by Gerald L. Bliss (Mordewis Gaeafbran ap Llys) . All Rights Reserved. Written on the French Broad River near Alexander, NC in Elizabeth Eames' bus, 8/23/98.
copyright 1998 Gerald L Bliss (same person)
Mordewis ap Llys [a Witchvox Sponsor] ...
Mother, Forgive Them
(by Mordewis ap Llys)
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This isn't the sweetest tune I've ever written, but it is my witchiest one. You want sweet, listen to "Raven and Crow". I wrote this song for a workshop on "The Burning Times" to be given here in Asheville. Upon presenting it to the presenter, she informed me that she didn't like the word "forgiveness", and not only refused to let me perform it, she banned me from attending the workshop. This was odd, since it was a Public Invited event at UNC-Asheville.
I hope you like the song.
Recorded: 1998 Ashevile NC, Free Radio Asheville
Guests/Players: Mordewis ap Llys, aka Moss Bliss, that is, me
Technical Notes: just me and my 12-string guitar, 2 mics on one channel, no balance, recorded over the air on a boom box - PS: If you clicked on it before and the link didn't work, please try it again! I swear it works now!
Artist Profile: check my Witchvox profile, Mordewis ap Llys
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