One of my fav songs!

Loreena Mckennitt

The Mummer’s dance


When in the springtime of the year

When the trees are crowned with leaves

When the ash, and oak, and the birch and yew

Are dressed in ribbons fair.


When owls call the breathless moon

in the blue veil of the night

The shadows of the trees appear

Amidst the lantern light.


We’ve been rambling all the night

And some time of this day

Now returning back again

We bring a garland gay.


Who will go down to those shady groves

And summon the shadows there

and tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms

In the springtime of the year.


The song of birds seem to fill the wood

That when the fiddler plays

All their voices can be heard

Long past their woodland days.


And so they linked their hands and danced

Round in circles and in rows

And so the journey of the night descends

When all the shades are gone


“A garland gay we bring you here

and at your door we stand

It is a sprout well budded out

The work of our Lord’s hand.”


We’ve been rambling…

The first time I heard this song, was when I watched the TV series “Legacy” in the late 1990’s. It makes me think of gypsies and nature witches, young girls dancing in white frocks, running through a field.

About dada4nonsense

I am a 30-year-old (23 at heart) who loves anything nonsensical

Posted on March 16, 2013, in Songs and lyrics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am a huge fan of Loreena McKennitt. I often play the album, An Ancient Muse, to help me feel better.

  2. I only have “The book of secrets” album.

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