Songs

Ancient Mother, Ancient Father
by Z Budapest
Ancient Mother, I hear you calling.
Ancient Mother, I hear your song.
Ancient Mother, I hear your laughter.
Ancient Mother, I taste your tears.
Ancient Mother, I feel you calling.
Ancient Mother, I sing your song.
Ancient Mother, I share your laughter.
Ancient Mother, I dry your tears.
Ancient Father, I hear you calling.
Ancient Father, I hear your song.
Ancient Father, I hear your laughter.
Ancient Father, I taste your tears.
Ancient Father, I feel you calling.
Ancient Father, I sing your song.
Ancient Father, I share your laughter.
Ancient Father, I dry your tears.

Bring Back The Light
by Gypsy
Spin Merry Meet, Merry Meet in good measure.
Follow along as you join in the dance.
Sing Merry Meet, Merry Meet in the Circle.
Come on along as you join in the song.
Bring back the Light.
Light never ending.
Through dark of night, this call we are sending.
With all our might.
Bring back the Light.
Bring back the Light.
Our hearts are open.
On Solstice night
We are invoking
The Lord of Light.
Bring back the Light Queen of the Stars,
Queen of the Moon,
Queen of the Horns and Queen of Fire.
Lord of Life, Seed of Light
Flame that warms the coldest night.
Queen of the Stars, Queen of the Moon,
Queen of the Horns and Queen of Fire.
Hearken to the Witches’ Rune,
Work our will as we desire.
Lord of Life, Seed of Light
Flame that warms the coldest night.
Bring to us the Waxing Light,
Be with us on Solstice night.
Bring back the Light.
Light is descending.
To Earth tonight,
Light never ending.
To Earth tonight
Bring back the Light.

The Burning Times
by Charlie Murphy
In the cool of the evening, they used to gather,
‘Neath the stars in the meadow
Circling that old oak tree.
At the times appointed,
By the seasons of the earth,
And the phases of the moon.
In the center, 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 who grew through the knowledge she gave them.
Herbs to heal their bodies,
Spells to make their spirits whole.
Can’t you hear them chanting, healing incantations,
Calling forth the wise ones,
Celebrating in dance and song.

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter; Kali, Innana. (X 3)

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, an inquisition,
It was a war against the women, whose power they feared.
In the 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.

Now the Earth is a witch, and the men still burn her,
Stripping her down with mining, and the poison 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.

City Pagans
by Kenny and Tzipora
We have hidden in the valleys
We’ve hidden in the woods
In the cities we were nameless
And our rites remained in hoods.
But the time has come upon us
To rebuild the cup of joy
From the cities great and mighty
Sparta, Crete and Troy.
We have loosed the call among us
To our kinfolk near and far
Our gods respond and answer
“Spread more beauty and more cheer.
Though once the price was costly
We require from you this:
Love and trust and friendship
And the sacred five-fold kiss.”
Now the burning times have ended
And Gaea awaits her call
From the distant country farmlands
And the cities great and tall.
For deep within the cities wait
The power of rebirth
To greet the gods of ancients
And their duties to the earth
Once the gods had flourished
In the hills and mountains high
But now their children need them
In the cities hear their cry!
The age of science welcomes
Once again the myth of old
Of promises unbroken
Yes, our children will be told.
The age of science welcomes
Once again the myth of old
Of promises unbroken
Yes, our children will be told.

The Earth Is Our Mother
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of her
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of her
Chorus:
hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan
hey yana, ho yana, hey yan yan
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take
Her sacred ground we walk upon, with every step we take.
Chorus…
The sky is our Father, we must take care of him
The sky is our Father, we must take care of him
Chorus…
The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them
The rivers are our sisters, we must take care of them
Chorus…
The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them
The trees are our brothers, we must take care of them
Chorus…

Hal-an-Tow
Chorus:
Hal-an-Tow, jolly rumbal-o
We were up long before the day-o
To welcome in the summer time
To welcome in the may-o
Summer is a comin in
And winter’s gone away-o Take no scorn to wear the horn
It was the crest when you were born
Your father’s father wore it
And your father wore it to (Chorus…)
Oh Robin Hood and Little John
They both gone to the Fair-o
And we shall to the merry green wood
To hunt the buck and hare-o
What happened to the Spaniards
That made so great a boast-o
That they shall eat the goose feather
Well we shall eat the roast-o
The lord and lady bless you
With all their power and might-o
And send their peace upon us
And bring peace by day and night-o (Chorus…)

Lord of the Dance
by Gwydion Pendderwen
She danced on the water, and the wind was Her horn
The Lady laughed, and everything was born
And when She lit the sun and its’ light gave Him birth
The Lord of the Dance first appeared on the Earth (Chorus):
Dance, dance, where ever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, you see!
I live in you, and you live in Me
And I lead you all in the Dance, said He!
I danced in the morning when the World was begun
I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun
I was called from the Darkness by the Song of the Earth
I joined in the Song, and She gave Me the Birth!
I dance in the
Circle when the flames leap up high
I dance in the Fire, and I never, ever, die
I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea
For I am the Lord of the wave’s mystery I sleep in the kernel, and I dance in the rain I
dance in the wind, and thru the waving grain
And when you cut me down, I care nothing for the pain;
In the Spring I’m the Lord of the Dance once again!
I dance at the Sabbat when you dance out the Spell
I dance and sing that everyone be well
And when the dancing’s over do not think that I am gone
To live is to Dance! So I dance on, and on!
I see the Maidens laughing as they dance in the Sun
And I count the fruits of the Harvest, one by one
I know the Storm is coming, but the Grain is all stored
So I sing of the Dance of the Lady, and Her Lord:
The Horn of the Lady cast its’ sound ‘cross the Plain
The birds took the notes, and gave them back again
Till the sound of Her music was a Song in the sky
And to that Song there is only one reply:
The moon in her phases, and the tides of the sea
The movement of the Earth, and the Seasons that will be
Are the rhythm for the dancing, and a promise thru the years
That the Dance goes on thru all our joy, and tears
We dance ever slower as the leaves fall and spin
And the sound of the Horn is the wailing of the wind
The Earth is wrapped in stillness, and we move in a trance,
But we hold on fast to our faith in the Dance!
The sun is in the southland and the days grow chill
And the sound of the horn is fading on the hill
‘Tis the horn of the Hunter, as he rides across the plain
And the Lady sleeps ’til the Spring comes again The Sun is in the Southland and the days lengthen fast
And soon we will sing for the Winter that is past
Now we light the candles and rejoice as they burn
And we dance the Dance of the Sun’s return!
They danced in the darkness and they danced in the night
They danced on the Earth, and everything was light
They danced out the Darkness and they danced in the Dawn
And the Day of that Dancing is still going on! I gaze on the
Heavens and I gaze on the Earth
And I feel the pain of dying, and re-birth
And I lift my head in gladness, and in praise
For the Dance of the Lord, and His Lady gay I dance in the stars as they whirl throughout space
And I dance in the pulse of the veins in your face
No dance is too great, no dance is too small,
You can look anywhere, for I dance in them all!

Oak and Ash and Thorn
by Rudyard Kipling
Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs,
(All of a Midsummer morn!)
Surely we sing no little thing,
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Oak of the Clay lived many a day,
Or ever AEneas began.
Ash of the Loam was a lady at home,
When Brut was an outlaw man.
Thorn of the Down saw New Troy Town
(From which was London born);
Witness hereby the ancientry
Of Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!
Yew that is old in churchyard-mould,
He breedeth a mighty bow.
Alder for shoes do wise men choose,
And beech for cups also.
But when ye have killed, and your bowl is spilled,
And your shoes are clean outworn,
Back ye must speed for all that ye need,
To Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! Ellum she hateth mankind, and waiteth
Till every gust be laid,
To drop a limb on the head of him
That anyway trusts her shade: But whether a lad be sober or sad,
Or mellow with ale from the horn,
He will take no wrong when he lieth along
‘Neath Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But–we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth-
Good news for cattle and corn–
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs
(All of a Midsummer morn):
England shall bide till Judgment Tide,
By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

The Scotsman’s Kilt

By Mike Cross
A Scotsman clad in kilt left the bar one evening fair
And one could tell by how he walked he’d drunk more than his share
He staggered on until he could no longer keep his feet
Then stumbled off into the grass to sleep beside the street.
Ring ding diddle diddle i de o
Ring di diddle i o
He stumbled off into the grass to sleep beside the street.
Later on two young and lovely girls just happened by,
And one says to the other with a twinkle in her eye
You see yon sleeping Scotsman who is young and handsome built
I wonder if it’s true what they don’t wear beneath their kilt.
Ring ding diddle diddle i de o
Ring di diddle i o
I wonder if it’s true what they don’t wear beneath their kilt.
They crept up to the sleeping Scotsman quiet as could be
Then lifted up his kilt about an inch so they could see
And there behold for them to view beneath his Scottish skirt
Was nothing but what God had graced him with upon his birth
Ring ding diddle diddle i de o
Ring di diddle i o
There was nothing there but what God gave upon his birth
They marveled for a moment then one said we’d best be gone
But let’s leave a present for our friend before we move along
They took a blue silk ribbon and they tied it in a bow
Around the bonnie spar that the Scot’s lifted kilt did show
Ring ding diddle diddle i de o
Ring di diddle i o
Around the bonnie spar that the Scot’s lifted kilt did show
The Scotsman woke to nature’s call and stumbled toward a tree
Behind a bush he lifts his kilt and gawks at what he sees
Then in a startled voice he says to what’s before his eyes
He said, “Lad I don’t know where you’ve been but I see you won first prize”
Ring ding diddle diddle i de o
Ring di diddle i o
He said, “Lad I don’t know where you’ve been but I see you won first prize”

We Come From the Mountain
We come from the mountain
Living in the mountain
Go back to the mountain
Turn the world around We come from the river
Living in the river
Go back to the river
Turn the world around We come from the fire
Living in the fire
Go back to the fire
Turn the world around We come from the sky
Living in the sky
Go back to the sky
Turn the world around We come from the ocean
Living in the ocean
Go back to the ocean
Turn the world around We come from the circle
Living in the circle
Go back to the circle
Turn the world around

We Won’t Wait Any Longer
by Gwydion Pendderwen
Chorus:
We won’t wait any longer
We are stronger than before.
We won’t wait any longer
We are stronger….
We have trusted no man’s promise.
We have kept to just ourselves.
We have suffered from the lies in all the books upon your shelves.
And our patience and endurance through the Burning Times and now have given us the strength to keep our vow. (Chorus…)
You have grazed away the Heather and erased the Sacred Grove.
You have driven Native peoples from the places that they love.
Though your greed has been unbounded you have felt the pangs of shame every time you trod upon the Mother’s name. (Chorus…)
Though you thought you had destroyed the mem’ry of the Ancient Ways
Still the People light the Bale fire every year on Solstice Day.
And on Beltane eve and Samhain
You find us on the Hill invoking once again the Triple Will. (Chorus…) Through the ages many races have risen and have gone.
But dispersed among the nations of the world we linger on.
Now the time has come to take
The Ancient Cauldron of Rebirth
And fulfill our ancient pledges to the Earth.
We won’t wait any longer
We are stronger than before
We won’t wait any longer
We are stronger….

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