I found the tune for this song when I was ‘noodling’ on my guitar in the most beautiful chalet overlooking Loch Ness whilst Cerri and I were on holiday in Scotland last April. It was a cracking anthemic tune and it needed lyrics to back that up. So over this and last year, a few sets of lyrics for this song bypassed the blog, straight into the bin. For the past two days I’ve been writing these, and I knew that finally I’d hooked the right words and the Awen was flowing.
This is a devotional song, an anthem to the Pagan Horned God. Yes, I know, I’ve written about him a few times before, but to me he is the male principle of Nature, and deserving of praise and reverence many, many times.
I hope you enjoy the lyrics, and the song, when it is released later this year on my new studio album.
Antlered Crown and Standing Stone – Damh the Bard
I am the face within the leaves,
I am the voice within the trees,
I am boy, I am man,
The face of the changing land,
And I have been your constant guide,
From your caves on the mountainside,
We have walked hand in hand.
Everywhere that I have been,
My passing turns the grey to green,
The birds sing to the dawn,
And the land has awoken.
Now my Lady lays with me,
Our love weaves its tapestry,
Eternal threads, unbroken.
I am lover, I am father,
I am Horned God and King,
I’m the life in all of Nature,
That is reborn every Spring,
Call of stag and cry of eagle,
I am Child of Barleycorn,
And I am the Antlered Crown and Standing Stone!
I am the oats, the corn and grain,
A bearded man with a crooked cane,
Cut me down, I must die,
For the land to be born again,
But don’t you cry and don’t you grieve,
For soon the Wild Hunt I will lead,
On the night of Samhain.
The air is cold,
The sky is grey,
Where am I this Winter’s day,
Bones of trees, fallen leaves,
The time of the Winter Queen,
But through the wind and snow and rain,
Know a part of me remains,
The Holly stands, evergreen.
(Copyright Damh the Bard 2012)