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Earth, wind, fire water

GUEST,Sharon 21 Mar 03 - 05:19 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 21 Mar 03 - 05:46 AM
Micca 21 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM
*daylia* 21 Mar 03 - 09:02 AM
GUEST,alinact 21 Mar 03 - 11:16 AM
GUEST,google 04 Apr 11 - 05:08 PM
GUEST,Gerry 04 Apr 11 - 07:34 PM
Seamus Kennedy 05 Apr 11 - 12:37 AM
GUEST,Paul Burke 05 Apr 11 - 01:53 AM
GUEST,SteveT 05 Apr 11 - 05:42 AM
ClaireBear 05 Apr 11 - 02:16 PM
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Subject: Earth, wind, fire, water
From: GUEST,Sharon
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 05:19 AM

Looking for Earth Day songs related to the (1)the four elements and/or (2)simplicity. Of course, I already know about 'Simple Gifts'.


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 05:46 AM

Well, there's one performed by Libana:

The earth, the air, the fire, the water,
Return, return, return, return,
The earth, the air, the fire, the water,
Return, return, return, return,
I-ay-I-ay-I-ay-I-ay
I-oh-I-oh-I-oh-I-oh
I-ay-I-ay-I-ay-I-ay
I-oh-I-oh-I-oh-I-oh

You can here it here (click) on Libana's home page!


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: Micca
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM

and there is , of course
"Lady spin your circle bright
spin your wheel of peace and light
Earth, air, fire and water
help us on this night"
usually repeated continuously, as a chant. good for Circle dances


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: *daylia*
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 09:02 AM

I always liked this one:

"Air I am, Fire I am, Water and Earth and Spirit I am".

We'd repeat the verse, improvising harmonies, changing it to a 'round' spontaneously etc. And improvise other verses too, like

"Touch and heal, touch and heal, take our dreams and make them real"
"Weave and spin, weave and spin, this is how our dreams begin"

Lots of fun, great for circle gatherings.

For more "Earth Songs", not necessarily of a 'pagan' bent,
click here.

daylia


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: GUEST,alinact
Date: 21 Mar 03 - 11:16 AM

One refrain from the Incredible String Band's Koeeoadi There goes

earth water fire and air
met together in a garden fair
put in a basket bound with skin
if you answer this riddle
you'll never begin

There are a lot of references to the elements in ISB songs. The best site for their lyrics is


here

Allan


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: GUEST,google
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 05:08 PM

is this a witch's chant!


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 04 Apr 11 - 07:34 PM

Happy Earth Day to you/Happy Earth Day to you/Happy Earth Day dear planet/Happy Earth Day to you.

Tom Lehrer has a song about the elements, although in his version there are rather more than four. He also has a song about simplicity, called New Math. The last line of each verse is It's so simple/So very simple/That only a child could do it.


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 12:37 AM

"Away out here they have a name for Rain and Wind and Fire;
The Rain is "Rain", the Wind is "Wind" and they call the Fire "Fire".

From "Paint Your (Volks)Wagon", I believe.


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 01:53 AM

What about the Fifth Element, that left before they became famous?



(Apologies to T. Pratchett)


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: GUEST,SteveT
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 05:42 AM

I've sung this one a few times and use the chorus if there's an "audience" who want to sing a lot, otherwise I just repeat the chorus verse at the end. I do have a tune but would have to email it to you if you wanted it.

CHILDREN OF THE EARTH

"Chorus"
We are children of the earth, air fire and water
[But] don't you know that they're not ours to keep?
For we borrow them at birth, share them for a season
Give them back when we lay down to sleep.

We are children of the earth, it gives us grain to feed us
But don't you know that it's not ours to keep?
Though it shelters us from storms, with stars above to lead us
Stars will fade as we lay down to sleep

Chorus

We are children of the air, the breath that moves within us
But don't you know that it's not ours to keep?
Though it raises us on high, to soar on wings with eagles
We breathe out and we lay down to sleep

Chorus

We are children of the fire, it gives us heat to warm us
But don't you know that it's not ours to keep?
For the sun shines but a day and then the dusk enfolds us
The sun will set as we lay down to sleep

Chorus

We are children of the water, the blood that courses through us
But don't you know that it's not ours to keep?
For the tides they ebb and flow as the moon she calls unto them
The tides will ebb as we lay down to sleep

Chorus

So treat this earth with care, the air, fire and water
Don't you know that they're not ours to keep?
We cannot own these things, they're not ours to be broken
Our children need them when we lie asleep.


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Subject: RE: Earth, wind, fire water
From: ClaireBear
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 02:16 PM

Ray Price wrote a chant/song/recitation that would be kind of cool to do with a bunch o' like-minded folks. Here it's performed by Ray and my friend Shira Kammen:

Prayer for the Land


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