Sing Bird Sing

from by Ric Kemper

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A paean to summer inspired by medieval folk song. The pagan custom of bonfires & ‘Maying’ is alluded to. Spring & midsummer also included water rituals, very few of which survive. Collecting dew on the morning of May 1st or midsummer morn is one of the few surviving customs celebrating the folk correspondence between the sun (fire) and water.


Sing bird sing, sing bird sing

Sing bird summering
Through the mead

Sing bird sing, sing bird sing

Sing of buds
And birch branch green

Sing bird sing, sing bird sing

Sylvan twilight
Garlands, crowns
Deck the village with
Verdant boughs

Sunrise swim, river sings

Rise up, sun beam
Waters shine

Rise up sun, rise up sun

Glitter gold
And purify

Summertime, summertime

Comes the dusk
When bonfires blaze
Round the fire
And leap the flames

Leap the flames, leap the flames


from To Speed The Plough, released August 31, 2015
Words & music by Ric Kemper.



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