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Offline Morgan Dreadlocke

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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2008, 01:51:02 AM »
Uriah Heep
Lady in Black

She came to me one morning
One lonely sunday morning
Her long hair flowing
In the midwinter wind
I know not how she found me
For in darkness I was walking
And destruction lay around me
From a fight I could not win
Ah ah ah ...

She asked me name my foe then
I said the need within some men
To fight and kill their brothers
Without thought of love or god
And I begged her give me horses
To trample down my enemies
So eager was my passion
To devour this waste of life
Ah ah ah ...

But she wouldnt think of battle that
Reduces men to animals
So easy to begin
And yet impossible to end
For shes the mother of our men
Who counselled me so wisely then
I feared to walk alone again
And asked if she would stay
Ah ah ah ...

Oh lady lend your hand outright
And let me rest here at your side
Have faith and trust
In peace she said
And filled my heart with life
There is no strength in numbers
Have no such misconception
But when you need me
Be assured I wont be far away
Ah ah ah ...

Thus having spoke she turned away
And though I found no words to say
I stood and watched until I saw
Her black coat disappear
My labour is no easier
But now I know Im not alone
I find new heart each time
I think upon that windy day
And if one day she comes to you
Drink deeply from her words so wise
Take courage from her
As your prize
And say hello from me
Ah ah ah ...

 A haunting little ditty in A minor. Google up Heep's "The Wizard" fer another goodie.

There exists an acoustic version 'o ELP's "Lucky Man" minus all the electronic foo foo. Just Mr Lake playin' his 12 string. Its awesome.


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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2008, 06:59:48 AM »
The Scorpions - Still Loving You

Time, it needs time
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can bring back your love someday
I will be there, I will be there

Fight, babe, I'll fight
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can break down the wall someday
I will there, I will be there

If we'd go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Your pride has built a wall, so strong
That I can't get through
Is there really no chance
To start once again
I'm loving you

Try, baby try
To trust in my love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, our love
Just shouldn't be thrown away
I will be there, I will be there

If we'd go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Your pride has built a wall, so strong
That I can't get through
Is there really no chance
To start once again

If we'd go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Yes, I've hurt your pride, and I know
What you've been through
You should give me a chance
This can't be the end
I'm still loving you
I'm still loving you

I'm still loving you, I need your love
I'm still loving you, Still loving you baby

I'm still loving you, I need your love
I'm still loving you, I need your love

I need your love

Giacomo and Lady Victoria of Empty Hats do this one occasionally as a love ballad with just his guitar and her violin. Their voices together are amazing. Giacomo always teases not to let the Queen know that they're doing such a song and the original artist is never mentioned *chuckling*

[edit] Just checked, this song is on Giacomo/Carl Asch's newest CD. I'll be looking for it at Lady of the Lakes in a couple of weeks. Who knows, maybe the birthday fairy will be good to me and I'll be able to get that and Empty Hat's new CD too!
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2008, 07:24:07 AM »
It's a good CD (actually both of them, but I was thinking of Carl's in particular there), Esc, I've got it and enjoy playing it frequently.  I hope the birthday fairy is particularly generous to you!

Morgan, a lot of the early bands (even those who weren't hybrids like The Pentangle and Fairport Convention) paid homage in one way or another to Renaissance styles, either in sound or thematically.  Greg Lake's guitar work just shines anyway, wonderful tone and presence.

Athena, Heart used Renaissance garb and themes frequently. 
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2008, 10:57:20 AM »
Road to Your Soul - All About Eve

Behind me, a caravan weighed down
With bad dreams and ghosts of apologies
There's no room, no room inside
For a hitcher with a suitcase of pride

Before me, a stallion pulls like the moon
Sun through the trees tells me I'll be there soon
The wind cries, 'cause she saw me crying
About the times I find myself lying.

I must have fallen by the wayside
The wheels crack beneath my foolish pride
Give me a sign in your direction
And show me to road to your soul.

Unhitch the wagon 'cause it hinders me
I'll hitch my skirts up and go carelessly,
Barefoot and riding bareback
Wind in my hair, it feels like honesty.

Close the chapter on a journey...
Burn the book and give me sanctuary,
In your arms it feels like...
In your arms it feels like...
It feels like home.



The video is a bit cheesy (it WAS the 80's after all) though it has a definite ren feel. I love the caravan and her clothes!
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2008, 11:02:13 AM »
The Pearl Fishermen - All ABout Eve

The milkmoons dwell in their quiet shells
Where they fell from the heaven
Two pearl fishermen hold their breath again
Fight to the death again for the same prize
Oh my brother, one of us loses
One must drown and the other she chooses
The jade of the blue offers diamonds to you
But you find it's not true when the sun sets
You dive far below
Where the sun doesn't go
Where your brother won't know
And you hear her saying:
''Oh my lover, now that you've found me
Now your brother is bound to be drowned
I don't know why you'd feud over me
All those pearls lay asleep on the sea bed''
The pearl in his hand
She's just a grain of sand
She's dressed up as snow
in the moonlight
She's porcelain
on his sallow skin
He's been taken in
by illusion
Oh my brother, we're both of us losers
I don't know why she ever did choose us
To call one her lover and bury the other
So I'll hold my breath 'til the story is over


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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2008, 11:39:11 AM »
Also REM's Losing My Religion.
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2008, 12:06:05 PM »
There are a bunch of metal bands in europe doing songs about medieval times

Anything by Hammerfall, Falconer and some of the Blind Guardian stuff if done in the right style would be awesome as Faire songs.

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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2008, 12:07:38 PM »
I can't remember the guy's name, but I used to have this vinyl album called "12-string Moonrise". It was mostly fingerstyle guitar instrumentals, but there were a few songs, too. One was "The Minstrel and the Highwayman." I don't remember it all. Really, I'm surprised I remember any of it, it's been so long since I heard it.

When I stole your woman, you miserable cur
I was not merely making you angry
Now you stand with your crossbow and your ragged, theiving lot
And await me outside of this tavern

CH: And it's not that I sing for my living
It's just that you hate for yours
Given time, I know I could love her
Given time, she would never be yours

Now I toast this fair lady, and I unsheathe my blade
As you pound on the door, fierce incessant
There be several men here who will stand by my side
To teach you your life's final lesson

There's more, but that's what I can remember. I think there's something about the crossbow only having one shot before the two will come to grips.

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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2008, 05:38:24 PM »
There are a bunch of metal bands in europe doing songs about medieval times

Anything by Hammerfall, Falconer and some of the Blind Guardian stuff if done in the right style would be awesome as Faire songs.

Skalds & Shadows from BG's newest disk, and Harvest of Sorrow from (I forget which one) come to mind immediately.

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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2008, 06:07:06 PM »
Lord of the Rings, and The Bards Tale as well


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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2008, 07:20:46 PM »
Uncletim:  That would be John Stanfield.  There's not a lot available about him on the web, but there are many great unsung musicians, especially in the days of vinyl.

Athena:  Definitely had thought of "Losing My Religion," as well as "The One I Love," by REM.  "LMR" would need a lyric change or two ("spotlight" is too modern a word), but "TOIL" would be fine as is.  They're one of my favorite bands of that era.  Thanks for introducing me to All About Eve!  Those two are excellent choices as well.

Today I was listening to King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black."   "The Night Watch" would be a good choice to rework, although it's about looking at a painting and not in the moment:

Shine, shine, the light of good works shine
The watch before the city gates depicted in their prime
That golden light all grimy now
Three hundred years have passed
The worthy captain and his squad of troopers standing fast

The artist knew their faces well
The husbands of his lady friends
His creditors and councillors
In armour bright, the merchant men

Official moments of the guild
In poses keen from bygone days
The city fathers frozen there
Upon the canvas dark with age

The smell of paint, a flask of wine
And turn those faces all to me
The blunderbuss and halberd-shaft
And dutch respectability

They make their entrance one by one
Defenders of that way of life
The redbrick home, the bourgeoisie
Guitar lessons for the wife

So many years we suffered here
Our country racked with spanish wars
Now comes a chance to find ourselves
And quiet reigns behind our doors
We think about posterity again

And so the pride of little men
The burghers good and true
Still living through the painters hand
Request you all to understand
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2008, 09:05:18 PM »
SHARE THE END


Here come the priests, each one wailing and bemoaning
Lordy, they got their heads bowed down
Here come the madmen, they're too excited for atoning:
"Burn the mosque," they're shouting, "Burn it down!"

Save me a place, surround me with friendly faces
All of us have gathered here to share the end -
To watch the world go up in flames

Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...

Here come the kings, Let's dispense with their apologizing
Just bring on the acrobats and clowns
Here comes the rumble, Hang on for universal dying
Please ignore the baying of the hounds

Save me a place, surround me with friendly faces
All of us have gathered here to share the end -
To watch the world go up in flames

Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us some time to work things out...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us some time to work things out...
Please, Lord we're not ready
Give us a day
Give us an hour...


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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2008, 09:09:57 PM »
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Definitely had thought of "Losing My Religion," as well as "The One I Love," by REM.  "LMR" would need a lyric change or two ("spotlight" is too modern a word)

How about "that's me in the torchlight"  :)

There are many songs by metal bands that would work at faire. One song that always comes to my mind is "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden. The subject matter is not period (it's about The Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War) but there's just something about the arrangement...I'd love to hear an acoustic version.
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2008, 09:22:42 PM »
Very cool choice, WW!

As you know, Athena, I'm a great aficianado of Tom Rapp.  His second recording was entitled "Balaklava," and includes some actual re-recording of the trumpet as it was sounded on that day of the by the very trumpeter.
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Re: Non-Renaissance Songs That Would Make Great Faire Songs
« Reply #29 on: November 03, 2008, 11:11:10 PM »
Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre

Far have I travelled and much have I seen
Darkest of mountains with valleys of green
Past painted deserts the sun sets on fire
As he carries me home to the Mull of Kintyre

Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre

Sweep through the heather like deer in the glen
Carry me back to the days I knew then
Nights when we sang like a heavenly choir
Of the life and the times of the Mull of Kintyre

Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre

Smiles in the sunshine and tears in the rain
Still take me back where my memories remain
Flickering embers go higher and higher
As they carry me back to the Mull of Kintyre

Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre

Mull of Kintyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre


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