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Archive for Jan 25, 2012

Greenman Song

Marie is  searching for an old folk song she learned as a child. It has stuck with her to this day and she finds herself singing the lyrics to her children but she doesn’t know where it came from or what it was about. She is in the USA but her great grandmother was scottish so it is possible that she learnt it from her father who learned it from his father.. and so on…..
The lyrics she remember are:
I have lived through many seasons, many towns, and many lands, raised a family I’ve been married, shook the hearts of hardened hands, and still today her memory haunts me like a vision like a dream, and some pirate lives to steal her always young and always green.
See the greenman how he blossoms lines and flowers at his feet, sun in one hand, green the other, always ripe and always sweet….
That’s all she remembers, she knows the tune, and  remembers her parents had it on cassette tape….
If anyone can shed any light on the origin of this song please drop us a line at greenman@virgin.net