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Thread #121235   Message #2644682
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
31-May-09 - 04:11 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: None But One / Nonesuch (Jean Ritchie)
Subject: RE: Nonesuch (None but One) lyrics
I've just used Nonesuch for one of Ron Baxter's new lyrics written for our Demdyke! show concerning the arcane folk-lore of Lancashire. This one's his personal take on the various Green Men in the region.

Their God died, nailed to a tree
Why in His temple should I be?
Yet there my image you will see
Carved in wood or stone.
Though He arose, as doth the Spring,
New life unto this world to bring
He's not me, and I'm not Him
For Him I do not know.

I dwell with the greenwood trees
And when they rustle in the breeze
'Tis then that folk think they see me,
And perhaps they do.
Through Summer sun, through Winter cold
I'm there with oak, and ash, and thorn.
I'll never die, 'cause never born,
Forever I've been here.

Yet in May some still are found
As the pipe, and tabor sounds
Bedecked in leaves they dance around
Doing homage unto me.
But of their homage I've no need
Of their worship I take no heed
Let them believe, what they believe,
It matters not to me.

For I amů..just what I am
Though that you'll never understand
Jack in the Green, or the Green Man
You may call me what you will.
Though He arose, as doth the Spring,
New life unto this world to bring
He's not me, and I'm not Him
For Him I do not know.


No recordings of it so far, but for accompaniment I use one of my Hungarian Citeras (This One) - very much in dulcimer family!