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Tam Lin - Steeleye Span  

“And when you lay down on your final word,
it will be no comfort to me.
I have lived by the pen and I’ll die by the sword,
when it’s time to set me free.”
- Steeleye Span, We Shall Wear Midnight

I just got super emotional listening to these lyrics because the final word Terry Pratchett lay down was about Tiffany, even though this was written long before he died.

Steeleye Span:

Are amazing in concert. I know this. I’ve just got back from seeing them. They sound a lot more prog rock/folk metal live, and the energy is amazing. The new album, Dodgy Bastards *loves* sounds great, and they played Edward and The Dark Morris.

I might have the body and dress sense of an emo Britpop/power metal lover, but I have the heart and stomach (and sometimes dress sense when it comes to velvet flared jackets) of a 1970s hippy.

And. AND. Last time I went to see them, I touched - TOUCHED - Maddy Prior. This time I shared a joke with her, and we laughed together. LAUGHED.

I was the youngest there by about a quarter of a century, apart from Jessie-Mae, and she’s only there because she’s the violinist.

The Blacksmith
  • The Blacksmith
  • Steeleye Span
  • Hark! The Village Wait
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Lyrics

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter.
With his hammer in his hand
He looked so clever
And if I was with my love
I would live forever.

But where is my love gone
With his cheeks like roses
And his good black Billycock on
Decked around with primroses.
I fear the shining sun
May burn and scorch his beauty
And if I was with my love
I would do my duty.

Strange news is come to town
Strange news is carried
Strange news flies up and down
That my love is married.
I wish them both much joy
Though they can’t hear me
And may God reward him well
For the slighting of me.

Don’t you remember when
You lay beside me
And you said you’d marry me
And not deny me.
If I said I’d marry you
It was only for to try you
So bring your witness love
And I’ll not deny you.

No, witness have I none
Save God Almighty
And may he reward you well
For the slighting of me.
Her lips grew pale and wan
It made a poor heart tremble
To think she loved a one
And he proved deceitful.

A blacksmith courted me
Nine months and better
He fairly won my heart
Wrote me a letter.
With his hammer in his hand
He looked so clever
And if I was with my love I would live forever.

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Song of the Day:  Steeleye Span - The King

Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas, January 5

  • Rogues of a Nation
  • Spanning the Years
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Rogues in a Nation  ||   Steeleye Span 

Farewell to all our Scottish fame,
Farewell our ancient glory.
Farewell even to our Scottish name,
Sae fam’d in martial story.

Now Sark runs over the Solway sands,
And tweed runs to the ocean,
To mark where England’s province stands.
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation.

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If people didn’t know, Steeleye Span and Terry Pratchett collaborated on an album a couple years ago of what essentially amounts to Discworld filk with a really amazing pseudo-medieval/folk/rock vibe.

And it’s all on YouTube.

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We are the Nac Mac Feegle, the wee free men. No king, no queen, no master, we will not be fooled again

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Cold Haily Windy Night - Steeleye Span