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Loreena McKennitt The Mummers' Dance Lyrics

Last updated: 08/23/2014 06:14:45 AM

When in the springtime of the year
When the trees are crowned with leaves
When the ash and oak, and the birch and yew
Are dressed in ribbons fair

When owls call the breathless moon
In the blue veil of the night
The shadows of the trees appear
Amidst the lantern light

We've been rambling all the night
And some time of this day
Now returning back again
We bring a garland gay

Who will go down to those shady groves
And summon the shadows there
And tie a ribbon on those sheltering arms
In the springtime of the year

The songs of birds seem to fill the wood
That when the fiddler plays
All their voices can be heard
Long past their woodland days

And so they linked their hands and danced
Round in circles and in rows
And so the journey of the night descends
When all the shades are gone

"A garland gay we bring you here
And at your door we stand
It is a sprout well budded out
The work of Our Lord's hand"

Thanks to Peter Ranger for submitting The Mummers' Dance Lyrics.

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mummers dance | Reviewer: Jamey Goff | 8/23/14

This music is awesome. I feel as if I literally go to another plane when I listen to pieces of music that have depth like this one. It definitely changes my outlook and consciousness when I listen to it. Simply amazing.

I also love the wolves in the video, I am a caring member and supporter of "Defenders of wildlife".
I adopted a wolf pup I got to name him "Chinook" at 2 months old, with a certificate of adoption. Wolves need our support and protection before they become extinct. Which I pray God will not let that happen to such a beautiful majestic creature. I am part Lakota Indian so I feel a special connection to them. thank you Lorrena for this beautiful song!

Enchanted | Reviewer: Laly Maidana | 6/23/13

I came across this song in a long forgotten CD. I've always loved it, but I coudn't understand some of the words, being a Spanish speaker. I find it wonderful and should say there's no contradiction as regards God. Celtic or Catholic, this is about nature, the love of it.

music lover | Reviewer: Sara | 12/18/12

The mummers dance is referring to an Irish tradition somewhat like may day. usually young children take baskets of flowers and hang them on the doorknobs of friends to celebrate the arrival of spring. it was done at night or before sunrise so they wouldn't be seen. and the last line is referring to the Lord God. He is, afterall, the creator of all the beauty of nature.

Heart opening, soul lifting. | Reviewer: Malcolm Tearle | 10/30/12

Wow, how beautiful, I'm practicing my aunt's witchcraft, 'Freeman witchcraft,' and this music just fills me with the spirit of the old ways, Loreena Mckennitt is a beautiful woman in heart and soul, if we were in the times of King Arthur, I would happily be your knight, may she keep up the good work, love and blessings.

Meaning of 'Mummers Dance' taken from traditional plays and dances | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/2/12

Apparently from the following article the meaning of the term ‘Mummers dance’ comes from Celtic Irish traditions, particularly including Christmas celebrations, even some known as Christmas Rhymers and Hogmanay Men, performed during the Twelve Days of Christmas. There were often Biblical characters played by clergy such as in The Passion and Apostolic martyrdoms.

According to Wikipedia, there is also some confusion where some have referred to earlier Mystery plays. Apparently mummers plays went throughout Europe including Ireland and Great Britain. Earlier versions of the plays often had characters from public figures such as St George, but in Ireland often centred around people in Irish history. In the south of England, the heyday of mumming was during the late 19th to early 20th century, but stopped at the onset of WW1. It was at the time a tradition of earning extra money by performing plays around Christmas.

lorrd you say | Reviewer: michael | 11/9/11

to be honest as a pagan i see that last line and it makes sense. for example in wicca the lord is a male horned god and during the spring is reborn and so life returns to the earth . blessed be everyone

Love this song | Reviewer: Kimdra | 10/4/11

I have no idea how I came across this song, all I know is that I have always known it. Anyways, it's so beautiful, but I find the last line to almost ruin the entire image. I know the Irish have their own magical culture, but it's diluted by Christianity (I mean Catholicism, whoops), which has literally crushed the best part of their culture.

Soothing and Uplifting | Reviewer: Ali | 6/17/11

This piece of music is absolutely amazing. The Diversity in the style, tune, and instruments makes Loreena's music unique. I found Loreena Mckennitt's music by accident while I was searching one of Rumi's poems. If anyone knows how to do the swirling dance, they should try it with this song.

I think you got it all wrong | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/27/11

The Last Lyric says "The work of our Lord's hand"
Notice Lord is singular. Also notice that Lord refers to a male. And It says work of his hand. That sounds much more like Christianity if you ask me!

Amazing | Reviewer: DiAna | 9/15/10

My dad has been playing this song in the house since i was a baby. It wasn't until recently that I understood the magic of it. It is beautiful. Everyone should hear this song at some point in their lives.

Outstanding and beautiflu song | Reviewer: Tom Maher | 4/3/10

I heard this song long ago, but didn't hear the name. Then I googled what I thought it might be. But it wasn't till today that I finally got the name of the song and the lyrics and the singer's name. Loreena McKennitt sings like an angel!

Magical Music | Reviewer: John Stone | 10/6/09

This music is awesome. I feel as if I literally go to another plane when I listen to pieces of music that have depth like this one. It definitely changes my outlook and consciousness when I listen to it. Simply amazing.

A noteworthy song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/09

I love this song! I noticed many reviewers mentioned the movie "The Mists of Avalon" but I wonder if you have read the book..? The book is simply amazing! I guarantee that if you love this song you will truly love the book The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

I Love this Song. | Reviewer: Monique | 3/22/09

I first heard this song in Mists of Avalon and on website as well. I thought this song was so wonderful with instruments and lyrics make this song on my all time favorites. I love this kinda of music..:)

Music to soothe.... | Reviewer: Barbara Dineen | 2/4/09

Absolutely, this is a true work of enlightened enchantment. A wonderful mix of instruments, lyrics and Loreena's voice makes this song a beacon for women seeking the true goddess. I am so there in the mists of Avalon when I hear this song.......