New Lyric – Brighid

A couple of years ago, during an Imbolc ritual, I made a promise to Brighid that I would write a song for her. Last week I made good on that promise and I hope that

She is pleased with her song. I’ll be playing it at my forthcoming concerts over the next few weeks, so I hope you all like it too!

Brighid

(Verse 1)

There’s a tree by the well in the woods that’s covered in garlands,

Clooties and ribbons that drift in the cool morning air,

That’s where I met an old woman who came from a far land,

Holding a flame o’er the well, and singing a prayer.

(Chorus)

Goddess of fire, Goddess of healing,

Goddess of Spring, welcome again.

(Verse 2)

She told me she’d been a prisoner trapped in a mountain,

Taken by the Queen of Winter at Summer’s End,

But in her prison she heard a spell the people were chanting,

Three days of Summer, and snowdrops are flowering again.

(Verse 3)

She spoke of the Cell of the Oak where a fire is still burning,

Nineteen Priestesses tend the eternal flame,

Oh but of you, my Lady, we are still learning,

Brighid, Brigantia, the Goddess of Many Names.

(Bridge)

Then I caught her reflection in the mirrored well,

And looked deep into her face,

The old woman gone, a maiden now knelt in her place.

From my pocket I pulled a ribbon,

And in honour of her maidenhood,

I tied it there to the tree by the well in the wood.

(Chorus)

Goddess of fire, Goddess of healing,

Goddess of Spring, welcome again.

(copyright Damh the Bard 2011)

17 Comments

  1. Ishtar Babilu Dingir July 18, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Lovely. I’m very close to Brigid myself, and welcome any new material about her. She is the true Spirit of these Blessed Isles, and I’m so happy to see a resurgence of interest in her. You may be interested to read my blog post about her. The Way of Brigit ~ An Ancient Route to Self Transformation: http://ishtarsgate.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/the-way-of-brigit-an-ancient-route-to-self-transformation/

  2. rebekah July 18, 2011 at 8:38 am - Reply

    beautiful dave x

  3. Persephone McNair July 18, 2011 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Lovely <3

  4. Bronzewing July 18, 2011 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Oooh lovely! Gave me goosebumps!

  5. Sam July 18, 2011 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! I love it!

  6. Magickal Intentions July 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    I’m sure the Lady, herself is VERRRY pleased !

  7. laoi gaul-williams July 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    such wonderful words~Brighid is a large part of my path and this rings so close to home. i am so looking forwards to hearing the song
    blessings
    xoxox

  8. Ghinn July 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I know she will love it. Your heart is a treasure Damh the Bard.

  9. Paul Kater July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    You still have the touch, my Bardic friend! 😀

  10. brennaxadaira July 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. I’m sure she’ll love it. 🙂 I got chills when I got to the bridge.

  11. Yvonne Oliver July 19, 2011 at 6:32 am - Reply

    No words Damh just That’s Right

  12. elmcloud July 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Lovely Lyrics Dave, Now All I have to do is memories them before the Atremis Gatering,,,,gods help me,,,lol
    Be Blessed
    elm

  13. Rebecca Wade July 22, 2011 at 1:06 am - Reply

    I really loved this. When do we get to hear the song?

  14. Zee Shaw August 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I got quite teary (in a good way) when you sang this at Artemis Gathering 🙂 Wonderful Lyrics as always- Can’t wait for the new album! Brightest Blessings! )O(

  15. pentaclepress December 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Amazing Damh. This song brings me closer to Brighid. Thank you for this. Is this availiable on I-Tunes?

    • Damh the Bard December 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      Glad you like it! It’ll be on my next album out early 2012

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