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GUEST,EllenA Req: Lord of the May (I rede you beware)-A.Fisher (11) Lyr Req: Lord of the May (I rede you beware) 17 Jul 17


I would be grateful for help in finding lyrics to "Lord of the May," sung by Archie Fisher. It's a great song, and I'd like to sing it, but, alas, I cannot quite make out all the lyrics and have been unable to find them anywhere.

I heard Archie Fisher perform the song live at a house concert earlier this year (unfortunately, I didn't think to ask him about the words at the time!). He described this as a shape-changing ballad, and I think it's supposed to be one where a father accidentally kills his daughter while hunting. I believe that at least part of the refrain was taken from Robert Burns (see The Bonie Moor Hen), but the rest does not appear to be related to that poem.

Below is what I have transcribed so far -- the **ASTERISKED** parts are the ones I can't quite make out.   Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!


LORD OF THE MAY (I rede you beware of the hunting?); (Archie Fisher)

         [INCOMPLETE]
 
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
For the Lord of the May has sorrow for, aye,
his daughter away wi' the faeries was ta'en
 
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
After mony's the year, to bring him some cheer
The Lord of the May to the hunting has gane
 
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
***??But he drew out (not?) his bow at a deer on a robe***??
***??but the bonnie white bird it sat on the stair (satin was stained?)
 
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
***?? For his arrow he shot but it harm-ed her not ***??
***?? For it died in the heart of his daughter (Elaine?) (his daughter's ___)? ***??
 
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
I rede you, beware o' the hunting, young man
The Lord of the May has sorrow for, aye
his daughter away by the faeries was ta'en
 
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Here's a link, for those of you who are on Spotify:
Lord of the May (Archie Fisher)

THANKS!


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