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Composer: Archie Fisher

Golden Bough - The Witch of the West-Mer-Lands lyrics

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Pale was the wounded knight
Who bore the rowan shield
Loud and cruel were the raven’s cried
That feasted on the field

Saying black water cold and clear
Will never clean your wound
There’s none but the Witch of the West-Mer-Lands
Can make thee hale and sound

So turn turn your stallion’s head
‘Til his red mane flies in the wind
And the rider of the moon goes by
As the bright stars fall behind

And queer was the paling moon
When his shadow passed him by
Below the hills were the brightest stars
When he heard the owl cry

Saying why do you ride this way
And wherefore came you here?
I seek the Witch of the West-Mer-Lands
Who dwells by the winding mere

And it’s weary by the owl’s water
In a mist he found their way
‘Til through a cleft in the Kirkstane pass
Where the winding waters lay

He said “Lie down my brindle hound
And rest ye my good gray hawk
And thee my steed may graze thy fill
For I must dismount and walk

But come when you hear my horn
And answer swift the call
As sure as the sun will rise this morn
You’ll serve me best of all”

And it’s down to the water’s brim
He’s born the rowan shield
And the golden rod he has cast in
To see what the lake might yield

And wet rose she from the lake
And fast and fleet went she
One half the form of a maiden fair
With a jet black mare’s body

And loud long and shrill he blew
‘Til his steed was by his side
Over head the gray hawk flew
As swiftly he did ride

Saying “course well my brindle hound
Fetch me the jet black mare
Stoop and strike my good gray hawk
And bring me the maiden fair.”

She said “Pray sheath thy silvery sword
Lay down thy rowan shield
I see by the briny blood that flows
You’ve been wounded in the field.”

And she stood in a gown of velvet blue
Bound ‘round with a silver chain
She’s kissed his pale lips once and twice
And three times ‘round again

And she’s bound his wounds with the golden rod
Full fast in her arms he lay
And he has risen hale and sound
With the sun bright in the day

She said “Ride with your brindle hound at heel
And your good gray hawk at hand
There’s none can harm the knight who’s lain
With the Witch of the West-Mer-Lands
Songs list of album: Celtic Music from Ireland, Scotland & Brittany (1998)
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09    Breton Tunes [instrumental] lyrics Add lyrics   -
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13    The Cold North Wind lyrics Add lyrics   -
14   The Carrion Crow lyrics  
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17   Fond Farewells lyrics  
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19   Power of the Harp lyrics  
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33   Black Jack Davey/The Drunken Piper lyrics   -
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