Tuesday 16 December 2008

Pagan Yule songs Pt2

I've been sent quite a few titles of great Yule songs with pagan themes after I asked for suggestions on A Bad Witch's Blog earlier this month. If you have any further nominations, please leave the details on comment below. Then, in the next few days, I'm going to post a poll of all the nominations so we can vote on our favourites.

Here are songs suggested so far, although some of them are themed albums rather than individual songs:

Jethro Tull's Ring Out Solstice Bells from the album Songs from the Wood
The Dolmen's Bringing the Outside In
Loreena McKennitt's To Drive The Cold Winter Away
The traditional carol The Holly and The Ivy
Mother Tongue's themed album This Winter's Night
Hawkwind's recent album Yule Ritual
Emerald Rose's Santa Claus is Pagan, Too

I have also been sent details of a few websites offering pagan words to traditional Christmas carols. Although I don't really feel these qualify as original pagan Yule songs for my poll, they are highly entertaining.

I've posted some links at end, but here is one of my favourites:

Hark The New Age Pagans Sing!
Words by Coeis and Morrigant to the tune of Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
Glory to the Holly King,
Peace on Earth and mercy mild,
God and Goddess reconciled,
Hear us now as we proclaim,
We have risen from the flames,
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
In the God and Goddess' names
Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
Glory to the Holly King!

Herne by highest love adored,
Herne the ever-reborn Lord,
At all times behold Him come,
Offspring of the Holy One,
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail Incarnate Deity!
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
in the God and Goddess' names
Hark the New Age Pagans Sing,
Glory to the Holly King!



Unknown said...

How about 'Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow' by Jethro Tull (from the Broadsword and the Beast album)? Does that classify?

Badwitch said...

I think that counts. It's a song I like, too.

Erik said...

Coming a bit late to this party, but I'm happy to share the lists I blogged last year, here and here...

and of course I've added some new stuff this year, especially "For I Am Winterborn" by Unto Ashes.

Badwitch said...

Erik, thanks very much for the link to your blog and your great list of pagan Yule songs. There seem to be more than I originally thought - I'll certainly try to find copies of the ones I don't already know.

Shame it is too late to add some of them to the poll.