Happy Halloween, y’all!
Tonight’s the night of Halloween,
and the fairy court will ride;
And she that would her true love win
at Miles Cross must bide.
Happy Halloween (or Hallowe’en, depending on your spelling preference)!
In celebration, have some filkers performing everyone’s favorite traditional ballad about getting knocked up by a weird guy in the woods and having to go rescue him on Halloween before the Faerie can sacrifice him to the Devil 🙂
This version of Tam Lin is performed by Tricky Pixie, aka S.J. Tucker, Alexander James Adams, and Betsy Tinney. Lyrics are available on bandcamp.
Simon (my son) and I went to the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Scarecrow Trail one year. His complete fascination with the “Crowella De Ville” scarecrow and a couple of observations (quoted directly in the lyrics) about scary things in general led to this song. The title comes from him asking me not to leave one evening when he was scared he would have nightmares. “Get down, Mama, sleep your eyes down!” This song is a collaborative effort between us.
“Get Down Mama,” by Doctor Mary Crowell
…thanks to the people who pointed out I had the wrong song earlier. Not sure how I did that.
Fairport Convention // Tam Lin
but tonight is hallowe’en
and the fairy folk ride