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Thread #37334 Message #3584245
Posted By: GUEST,Mike Yates
15-Dec-13 - 06:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Green Grow the Rushes - pagan version
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Green Grow the Rushes - pagan version
I'm quite intrigued by the so-called "Pagan" version. Can anyone say if this is actually old, or, as I suspect, a recent composition by some "New Age" Pagans (or whatever they like to call themselves). Does anyone know any actual publication dates for these versions? I recall once being told that Ewan MacColl had said that the line "The playing of the merry organ" in "The Holly and the Ivy" was originally "The playing of the merry old Gods". Though I find it hard to believe that he would have said such a thing!