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Thread #89193 Message #1682246
Posted By: Jim Dixon
01-Mar-06 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mayday / May Day (Casey Neill)
Subject: RE: Lyrics of Casey Neill's song 'Mayday'
I found this song quoted in an academic paper called "Environmental Activist Music as Community-Building Ritual" in a publication called "Spotlight on Teaching" published by the American Academy of Religion:
The threads of these traditions are woven together by activists in innovative ways, juxtaposing disparate elements and creating a bricolage of previously unassociated elements. A masterful example of such a song is Casey Neill's "May Day:"
Welcome in the wondrous Spring, and the oncoming Summer,
The festival of Beltane, and the nectar of the lovers.
It's the holiday of pagans, and the holiday of labor,
And we merry meet at the mountainside, and praise the Creator, praise the Creator!
May Day! May Day at last! May Day! May Day at Last!
Hearken the future. remember the past.
So pass the jug of wine, pass the honey mead,
Pass the pipe around again, petals snow from the cherry trees,
And we consecrate this season on this eve with our own sweet copulation.
The joy we share together here will smash the state of the nation!
The song begins with a quiet, slow section, reminiscent of 1960's folk song, which it soon blends with quicker, rowdier elements, blending in more modern energy with the modes of a traditional Irish reel. These subtle but effective musical juxtapositions are mirrored by the ideological ones; activist themes are placed beside pagan ones ("It's the holiday of pagans, and the holiday of labor"), and Casey claims that their pagan and activist rejoicing will "smash the state of the nation."