The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20317   Message #2647229
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
03-Jun-09 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Tree Song / Oak, Ash and Thorn (Kipling)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tree Song / Oak, Ash and Thorn (Kipling)
As with Kipling's Puck's Song, A Tree Song fits the morris tune London Pride / Idbury Hill quite snugly. Although a committed Bellamist I sing both of these to this tune to enhance the ritual potency as embodied in Kipling's verse, although in the case of Puck it was initially because I couldn't figure out the one Bellamy wrote.

Anyway, just uploaded a recording of Puck's Song onto my Myspace page: - all live in real-time: citera, low-D 3-hole pipe, Shruti box & singing...

Trackway and Camp and City lost,
Salt Marsh where now is corn -
Old Wars, old Peace, old Arts that cease,
And so was England born!

She is not any common Earth,
Water or wood or air,
But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye,
Where you and I will fare!