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Subject: Info/ADD: Ballad of the White Seal Maid
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jun 16 - 11:41 PM

This is a song that might get lost, so I thought I ought to put it in its own thread.

it's called "The Ballad of the White Seal Maid", and it's on her CD There's A Light...

check out luicollins.com for more...

THE BALLAD OF THE WHITE SEAL MAID

There's a fisherman sitting alone on the land
His hands are his craft His boat is his art
A fisherman sitting alone on the land
A rock A hard rock in his heart

There's a selkie maid swimming alone in the bay
Her eyes are the seals Her heart is the sea
A selkie maid swimming alone in the bay
A pure white seal maiden is she

She comes to the shore and she sheds her sealskin
She dances on the sand Dances under the moon
Her hair falls in waves down upon her white skin
And only the sea hears the tune

Then standing the fisherman takes her sealskin
Staking his claim to a wife from the sea
He raises his hand holding up the white skin
Says, "Now you must come home with me"

Oh weeping she goes and still weeping she stays
Her hands are her craft Her babes are her art
A year and a year and a year more she stays
A rock A cold rock in her heart

But what is this hid in the fisherman's bag
It smells of the ocean It feels like the sea
A bonny white sealskin closed up in the bag
And never a tear more cries she

Good-bye to the house and good-bye to the shore
Good-bye to the babes that I never could claim
But never a thought to the man left on shore
For selkie's my nature and name

She puts on her skin and dives back in the sea
The fisherman's cries fall on water-deaf ears
She swims in her sealskin away out to sea
And the fisherman drowns in his tears


Thread #793   Message #864210
Posted By: Cluin
11-Jan-03 - 03:27 AM
Thread Name: Songs of Faery / Fairy / Fairies
Subject: RE: Songs of Faery

The lyrics to Lui Collins' "White Seal Maid" were actually written by Jane Yolen. It was a poem from her book Neptune Rising. Someone showed it to Lui who was caught by them. So she set the words to music and recorded it on her "There's a Light" album.

Mike Agranoff has lyrics for his recording of the song here:http://www.mikeagranoff.com/lyrics/WhiteSeal.htm
And here's the Lui Collins recording:
Any more information on this song or the story behind it?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Info/ADD: Ballad of the White Seal Maid
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jul 16 - 11:11 PM

I listened carefully to Lui Collins singing "The Ballad of the White Seal Maid" on Spotify—it comes from the album "There's a Light" (2011)—and I have one important correction:

Verse 3 line 4 should be: "And only the seals hear the tune."

And an unimportant one: Verse 8 line 2 should be: "The fisherman's cry falls on water-deaf ears."


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Subject: RE: Info/ADD: Ballad of the White Seal Maid
From: maeve
Date: 13 Jul 16 - 10:53 AM

Jim is correct about both corrections.


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Subject: ADD: Ballad of the White Seal Maid (Yolen/Collins)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 16 - 04:22 PM

Based on the posts above and punctuation I've added, here's a corrected version:

THE BALLAD OF THE WHITE SEAL MAID
(words by Jane Yolen, music by Lui Collins)

There's a fisherman sitting alone on the land,
His hands are his craft, his boat is his art;
A fisherman sitting alone on the land,
A rock, a hard rock in his heart.

There's a selkie maid swimming alone in the bay,
Her eyes are the seals, her heart is the sea;
A selkie maid swimming alone in the bay,
A pure white seal maiden is she.

She comes to the shore and she sheds her sealskin,
She dances on the sand, dances under the moon;
Her hair falls in waves down upon her white skin,
And only the seals hear the tune.

[verse of la-da improvisation]

Then standing, the fisherman takes her sealskin,
Staking his claim to a wife from the sea;
He raises his hand holding up the white skin,
Says, "Now you must come home with me."

Oh, weeping she goes, and still weeping she stays,
Her hands are her craft, her babes are her art;
A year, and a year, and a year more she stays,
A rock, a cold rock in her heart.

But what is this hid in the fisherman's bag?
It smells of the ocean, it feels like the sea;
A bonny white sealskin, closed up in the bag,
And never a tear more cries she.

Goodbye to the house and goodbye to the shore,
Goodbye to the babes that I never could claim;
But never a thought to the man left on shore,
For selkie's my nature and name.

She puts on her skin and dives back in the sea,
The fisherman's cry falls on water-deaf ears;
She swims in her sealskin away out to sea,
And the fisherman drowns in his tears.

from the Lui Collins album, There's a Light (2011)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrPaQKFipLA


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Subject: RE: Info/ADD: Ballad of the White Seal Maid
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 16 - 04:30 PM

Listen to this: The Selkie Bride, a traditional Scottish folk story animated by Walter McCrorie.


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