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Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)

Barbara 07 Jun 10 - 08:55 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)
From: Barbara
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 08:55 PM

Hi gang, I'm looking for the words for this song.
Chorus goes:
"The Wheel of the Year goes round and round
The Wheel of the Year goes round
Turn top to the bottom and the bottom to the top
The wheel of the year goes round and round"
I also like to know a bit more about it. Who wrote it, where it's recorded, that kind of thing.
Thanks,
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 07:24 PM

Awright, awright, nobody knows it, hmmm?
Here's what I trancribed from a tape:
CHORUS:
The wheel of the year goes round and round
The wheel of the year goes round
Turns top to the bottom and the bottom to the top
The wheel of the year goes round and round

Oh the seed [heads?] die and the grass doth [ring?]
At harvest time it is sweet and mown
Then the [fig?] [pig?] doth die[lie?] and the grass doth spring
and the wheel of the year goes round and round

At Llamas time the [ship?] we black
And in the dark the fires we ban
And the sun goes down and the moon comes up
All things work together in the Weaver's plan

Oh dark is light and light is dark
I'll tell you a riddle if you'll bend to me an ear
Oh death and life are but one thing
Like sides of a penny or the wheel of the year

Our thanks to yonder good gray knight
Who bends his neck to the coming of the [sights?]
For all that liveth feed on death
All things that die serve the cause of life

Are there ones like this for other pagan holidays, if this one is just for Llamas?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR (Shira Kammen)
From: Barbara
Date: 22 Aug 10 - 06:12 PM

I found another set of words and the attribution, so here's the corrections.
THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
(Shira Kammen on The Almanac: Time and the Turning Wheel CD 2003)

CHORUS:
The wheel of the year goes round and round
The wheel of the year goes round
Turns top to the bottom and the bottom to the top
And the wheel of the year goes round and round

Oh the seed doth die and the grass doth spring
At harvest time it is reaped and mown
Then the grass doth die and the seed doth spring
and the wheel of the year goes round and round

At Llamas time the sheep we bless
And in the dark the fires we ban
And the sun goes down and the moon comes up
All things work together in the Weaver's plan

Oh dark is light and light is dark
I'll tell you a riddle if you'll bend to me an ear
Oh death and life are but one thing
Like sides of a penny or the circle of the year

Our thanks to yonder good grey knight
Who bends his neck to the coming of the scythe
For all that liveth feed on death
All things that die serve the cause of life

Anyone tell me anything more about this?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 02:04 PM

That would be Lammas time in verse 2 line 1.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 03:12 PM

I searched with Google Books for several phrases in your song, and didn't find much, but what I did find is rather interesting:

The line "The wheel of the year goes round and round" appears in a song called JOHN BARLEYCORN which is a substantially rewritten version of the traditional song, written by Terry Lamb and Maria Kay Simms. It appears in Witch's Circle: Rituals and Craft of the Cosmic Muse by Maria Kay Simms (St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1994), page 390.

The line "dark is light and light is dark" appears in the Holy Bible: New Living Translation (NLT) (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1996, 2004), page 521:

"What sorrow for those who say
that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark,
that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter."
—Isaiah 5:20

I couldn't find that exact phrase in any other translation. The King James version has:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"

Pat Robertson, in his book The New World Order (1991) seems to be describing the Antichrist when he says:

"In some cases he would have to make people understand that dark is light and light is dark."

I'm not sure who is quoting whom here, or if the expressions are coincidental. Draw your own conclusions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wheel of the Year (goes round and round)
From: Barbara
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 07:41 PM

Here's a Lammas song, only a bit late.
Blessings,
BArbara


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