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Thread #33102   Message #439686
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
13-Apr-01 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Reynardine (from Pentangle)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Reynardine as performed by Pentangle
I'm back. How nice to get helpful responses in only 24 hours. (Last night was Holy Thursday, you know. It's the kick-off for "National Catholic Week", which involves cleaning and decorating the church, then music Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. Then brunch with the gang, and finally bird-watching to rest up from it all.

The guy who told me to join a regular choral group if I wanted to improve my voice was right on. (He's Welsh.)

Anyhow, about the song Reynardine. There are two definite versions floating around. In one, (as seen in the DigiTrad)Reynardine is a merely human outlaw or oppressor. In the other, he is a shape-shifter, an evil one, who leads the young woman away to the mountains, where "she fell into a coffin" and then is revived. But we can assume, I think, that she is now a zombie or revenant, and not her real self anymore.

The second version has the words, "her rosy cheeks and ruby lips", words I am familiar with from the American song "The Lily of the West". I wonder if this means that Pentangle's song had lived in America for a while.