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Harvest Of The Moon

  • (Peter Knight)

    All the husbands and the wives
    We were dancing for our lives
    All to the tune of Elsie Marley
    Instead of gathering up our differences
    And throwing them in the air
    And giving them to the wind that shakes the barley

    And the children they were watching
    Every girl and every boy
    As we danced to the tune of Elsie Marley
    But they'd heard another tune
    From the harvest of the moon
    That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley

    The Bridget she declared
    That she was not prepared
    To watch us dance to the tune of Elsie Marley
    She said I'll sing you all a song
    And you'll want to sing along
    If you listen to the wind that shakes the barley

              And the song that she sang
              Could be heard for miles around
              The air was full of harmony
              You should have heard the sound
              As we gathered up our differences
              And threw them in the air
              And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

    All the husbands and the wives
    We were dancing for our lives
    All to the tune of Elsie Marley
    Until we gathered up our differences
    And threw them in the air
    And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

    Then all of us declared
    That we were not prepared
    To dance our lives away with Elsie Marley
    For we'd heard another tune
    From the harvest of the moon
    That rides upon the wind that shakes the barley

              And the song that she sang
              Could be heard for miles around
              The air was full of harmony
              You should have heard the sound
              As we gathered up our differences
              And threw them in the air
              And gave them to the wind that shakes the barley

    As sung by Steeleye Span

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1996:] Brighid was a major pagan goddess throughout the Celtic lands. Brigantia, which once comprised most of the North of England was named after her. Elsewhere in Europe she was known as Brigan or Brig. Her other names include Brigid, Brigit, Brid and Bride. By any of these names she represents the triple goddess, i.e. the Maid, the Mother and the Crone. As the Moon goddess she personified its various phases, and her attributes were enchantment, ripeness and wisdom. To the Irish she was the goddess of fertility, inspiration and healing. Around 520 A.D. supposedly lived St. Bridget of Kildare, who became a Christianised version of all the pagan Bridgets that went before her. In this song she represents the re-emerging goddess of the feminine principle in mankind; bringing harmony and healing to all our troubled relationships. (Peter Knight, notes Steeleye Span, 'Time')

  • See also
    Harvest of the Moon
    About Elsie Marley

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