New Lyric – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone

I found the tune for this song when I was ‘noodling’ on my guitar in the most beautiful chalet overlooking Loch Ness whilst Cerri and I were on holiday in Scotland last April. It was a cracking anthemic tune and it needed lyrics to back that up. So over this and last year, a few sets of lyrics for this song bypassed the blog, straight into the bin. For the past two days I’ve been writing these, and I knew that finally I’d hooked the right words and the Awen was flowing.

This is a devotional song, an anthem to the Pagan Horned God. Yes, I know, I’ve written about him a few times before, but to me he is the male principle of Nature, and deserving of praise and reverence many, many times.

I hope you enjoy the lyrics, and the song, when it is released later this year on my new studio album.


Antlered Crown and Standing Stone – Damh the Bard

Verse 1

I am the face within the leaves,

I am the voice within the trees,

I am boy, I am man,

The face of the changing land,

And I have been your constant guide,

From your caves on the mountainside,

We have walked hand in hand.

Verse 2

Everywhere that I have been,

My passing turns the grey to green,

The birds sing to the dawn,

And the land has awoken.

Now my Lady lays with me,

Our love weaves its tapestry,

Eternal threads, unbroken.


I am lover, I am father,

I am Horned God and King,

I’m the life in all of Nature,

That is reborn every Spring,

Call of stag and cry of eagle,

I am Child of Barleycorn,

And I am the Antlered Crown and Standing Stone!

Verse 3

I am the oats, the corn and grain,

A bearded man with a crooked cane,

Cut me down, I must die,

For the land to be born again,

But don’t you cry and don’t you grieve,

For soon the Wild Hunt I will lead,

On the night of Samhain.

Verse 4

The air is cold,

The sky is grey,

Where am I this Winter’s day,

Bones of trees, fallen leaves,

The time of the Winter Queen,

But through the wind and snow and rain,

Know a part of me remains,

The Holly stands, evergreen.

(Copyright Damh the Bard 2012)


  1. Jo H (@druidsgarden) March 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Wonderful – Look forward to hearing it soon 😀

  2. thefirstdark March 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on The Darkness in the Light.

  3. Leonore March 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    another fabulous lyrics … thank you Damh … looking forward to hearing this .. x

  4. Lynda Cloudberry Ryder March 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    These lyrics are wonderful and if the tune is even half as good I think a new classic has been born – and hey, we can never have too many songs about the Horned God!

  5. Whiteoak March 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Looking good can wait to hear the new album great lyrics ..

    • Damh the Bard March 24, 2012 at 12:28 am - Reply

      Going to begin laying tracks down for this song tomorrow.

  6. Rachel Schmidt March 24, 2012 at 1:30 am - Reply

    So excited for this album, Damh!

  7. Sean whitaker March 24, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Fantastic Lyrics looking forward to this song

  8. julie Couzens March 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    This is an OLD ONE ! In that I mean the Horned God , Very powerful and very very old, and cant wait to hear it with music . Love all you write Dave It puts all the feelings one feels to music. Thankyou for sharing this magic.

  9. Myrrddin March 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Wonderful as usual. I can hardly wait for the final product.

  10. Lesley King January 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    The words are inspiring. Hope you record this very soon /|\

    • admin January 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Hi there! I have, it’s the title track of my new album, out now.

  11. Ivan McBeth November 1, 2015 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Hi Damh, I think this song is the most beautiful I have ever heard. Every time I hear it I cry and the most wonderful, unbearable feelings are liberated from my heart. I want to learn it but I’m not sure I could sing it without collapsing in a puddle! Still, I will persevere…
    I honor you and the Awen that flows though you; you are a great inspiration for me.
    With love, Ivan.

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