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Published on Apr 1, 2009
Music: Faerie Queen Artist: Heather Alexander Art: Queen Mab by Amy Brown Lyrics: One wintry night a wondrous sight I met while riding back Returning from a ceili, with me fiddle in me pack My horse, he stopped quite suddenly, his ears began to twitch He bucked and threw me pack and all into a nearby ditch
I tried to rise, but then my eyes alighted on a scene Of faerie creatures dancing by, cavorting 'round their Queen She'd been out hunting, it was plain, delighted by her prize And though he was in thrall to her, I knew his gentle eyes
I stood again and shouted when they drew abreast of me, "I challenge you, for you have caught my husband-soon-to-be!" They stopped and she stared down at me, the Queen astride her steed, "I see you have the courage, dear, but skill is what you need!"
CHORUS: Be it carved from out the finest wood And strung with silver string Only mortal trust or faerie dust Can make a fiddle sing!
"We each shall play and I will say which fiddle is played best, And should you win this mortal toy I'll free, without protest." They handed her a violin, as black as she was fey She placed a bow upon the strings and then began to play
[Faerie Queen's solo]
My spirit low I raised my bow, I knew not where to start I looked within my lover's eyes and then within my heart My head was filled with mortal dreams, of love beneath the moon Of sun and rain and season's change, and so began my tune
[Fiddler Girl's solo]
I raised my head my arms like lead my heart ablaze once more The Faerie Queen looked down at me, shaken to the core "I've played for many centuries, yet, by the stars above, You've taught me skill is not enough. It can't compare to love."